Our Top 10 Getaways for Family Travelers awards go to the original family vacation: the road trip. While families looking for relaxation may choose the beach to kick back and refuel, others will venture onto hiking or biking trails, mountain slopes, roller coasters or cruise ship decks in pursuit of their ideal vacation.
Most of us will, at some time, pack the car and hit the highway for a traditional American road trip. We may go because the country is diverse and beautiful and “getting there” adds to the memories… or simply because driving is the easiest way to reach a favorite beach, wilderness area, mountain or themepark.
These top 10 driving itineraries are the most popular ones among family travelers, and we celebrate them by taking a new look at what each has to offer.
Road Trips Northeast
Road Trips Southeast
Road Trip Mountain States
Road Trips Southwest
Road Trips West
Planning Your Road Trip Journey
Our kids don’t like to sit still for very long, so we’ve broken down the itineraries into several manageable days – usually under a few hours’ driving time. Of course, you can pick and choose among the many suggested stops and detours, and stay for as long as you’d like in any one place. We offer all the resources you’ll need to download a map so the kids can learn to read one, and your navigator can find a place to stay each night.
Make sure to have snacks and amusements on hand for the backseat set. And don’t forget to play some of our favorite backseat games en route. We hope that frequent stops, amazing sights, and colorful detours will help you avoid too many muttered “Are we there yets?”
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Drive safe and have a wonderful adventure! (And leave comments about favorite stops you’ve found so others can follow the fun.)
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