Are you ready to plan a road trip but don’t know where to begin? Taking a road trip vacation is something that most people will do at least once in their lifetime, but in today’s world, seems a bit more complicated. It wasn’t that long ago that you could just pile the kids into a car, pack some food, grab a few maps and go. While we all have visions of well-behaved kids singing family friendly songs in the back of the car while Mom & Dad cheerfully drive for hours, there are always the moments when you take the wrong turn, get stuck in a storm, or just want to jump out of the car for 5 minutes of alone time! A few years have passed since I first wrote 5 Tips for Planning Your Next Road Trip Adventure, and technology has certainly impacted the way we travel. So here’s 7 more tips that I hope you find helpful for your next road trip.
As this post is published, it’s National Park Week, a time to celebrate the spectacular places around the U.S. that belong to all of us. Over the last 10 years, our family has taken several road trips to visit many national parks, including iconic parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But one of my favorite road trips was the one we took to the Four Corners region of the Southwest. We spent 13 days exploring, making a loop from Albuquerque, New Mexico, through Colorado, Utah and Arizona and back to New Mexico. The national parks we visited on that trip had some of the most unusual landscapes in the U.S., particularly the Utah parks Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Here are some things to know and tips to help you plan a visit to see these unique parks Utah.
Want to take a family road trip but not sure where to go or how to plan? In honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, I’ve pulled together road trips highlights from familyTravelsUSA, including visits to many national parks. There are plenty of options no matter where you live. We’ve taken several “fly/drive” road trips, flying to our initial destination, then renting a car to explore. These trips have focused on different regions of the US, such as the 4 Corners area of the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. You might also consider mapping out a trip that covers destinations within a 3 or 4 hour drive from your home. As our kids got older, we started including more urban activities, visiting cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Looking back on our trips, it’s hard to pick a favorite, as they all hold special memories. Here are highlights of 6 trips, running in length from 4 days to 3 weeks, with links to the detailed posts containing suggested routes and activities. You can also visit the familyTravelsUSA Pinterest boards, filled with ideas and suggestions for topics including road trips, national parks, road food and much more. Summer is almost here, so start planning!
If you live in the US, you probably know that Florida is one of the more popular states for tourism. Whether you travel by car on Interstate 95, or fly into one of the larger cities, most families will visit Florida at one point or another. While the majority of tourists head to the popular Orlando area, there are so many other amazing places to visit on both sides of the state. Here are 3 special places we loved during a road trip to the Gulf Coast, each unique in its own way. You can easily combine them into a week long vacation, creating some amazing vacation memories along the way.
Taking a short mother/daughter road trip right after school gets out might be my new summer tradition! Last week I posted about our Urban Adventure Tour in Philadelphia, but I wanted to follow that with a more detailed post about the rest of our mini road trip. I thought the trip would be a good idea after the last few months of dealing with college application craziness and then graduation. Since my two older kids already had travel plans, I wanted to spend a few days doing something special with my youngest teenage daughter. The trip was a combination of farm fun (my daughter loves animals), local foods, history, a haunted prison tour and a day shopping in NYC. Other than the really hot weather, it was awesome!
*This post was updated December 2017
With summer being a little over 5 months away, its a perfect time to start thinking about a family road trip. You'll find plenty of inspiration throughout this website, but if the thought of planning a trip sounds overwhelming, here are some tips to help you get started.