Going on a family road trip is an excellent way to see the country as well as to bond with family members. If you and your family are considering traveling together this summer, now is the time to begin planning your adventure by mapping out routes, having your vehicle serviced so that it’s in the best shape and by taking defensive driving courses. Even though road trips are among the safest vacation options available, brushing up on driving skills is never a poor idea.
If you’re still unsure of what part of the country you want to take a road trip through, here are four options to get you started on your research.
1. New England
If you have small children, you are probably already aware that they tend to get bored easily and can find car travel to be tedious. Shorter road trips will be better for everyone’s nerves, especially if they start out with a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream plant in Waterbury, Vermont. After that, you can drive up through Smugglers’ Notch State Park and discover the natural beauty of New England. This trip is particularity enthralling during the autumn months when the leaves are changing color.
2. The California and Oregon Coast
Many magical sights exist on the Pacific coast, and the drive up Highway 101 will allow your children to see them all. The suggested route is to begin at the historic port city of Astoria, Oregon, and continue down that state’s rugged coastline, passing sand dunes and sea lion caves until you reach the great redwood forests of Northern California. Your children will never forget their first sighting of a giant Sequoia.
3. The George Parks Highway in Alaska
You’ll probably choose to fly to Anchorage and rent a vehicle for this trip, but the drive through Canada is a glorious road trip in its own right. Whichever way you choose, a drive up to Denali National Park on the George Parks Highway is the trip of a lifetime. You’ll see wildlife such as grizzly bears and moose while being spellbound by the great peaks of the Alaska Range, including Mt. McKinley, which is the highest mountain in North America.
4. Discover the American West
Road tripping through beautiful Colorado is one of the best ways to spend a series of sunlit summer days and starry nights. Traveling on I-25 North to U.S. 36 West will give you and your family more than a glimpse of both the Old West and the modern day West. You’ll have plenty of chances to get out of the car and indulge in outdoor activities.