With the end of winter in sight, you may be thinking about your next family vacation. If you are considering a family road trip, there are so many options across the US and Canada. Here are 12 family road trip ideas from a variety of family travel bloggers.
12 Family Road Trip Ideas
Culinary New England Road Trip with Kids – Jodi Grundig, Mom’s Favorite Stuff
There are delicious, kid-friendly culinary spots on this road trip, along with fantastic museums and beautiful sites.
We love the outdoors and the Smokey Mountains are beautiful and Gatlinburg is so very family friendly. There is so much to do there that you almost need to plan a 2nd trip to do it all.
Icefields Parkway – Erin Bender, Travel With Bender
This is by far the most scenic road trip we have done in our year traveling around the US and Canada. It has everything you want – lakes, mountains, beaches, wildlife and more!
Hocking Hills, Nedra McDaniel, Adventure Mom Blog
Our family really enjoyed discovering Hocking Hills in Ohio. The trails in the area each have unique characteristics and formations. In addition to hiking, you can zipline, go horseback riding and kayak.
North Carolina – Corinne McDermott, Have Baby Will Travel
We absolutely adored our family road trip across North Carolina. We were surprised and delighted by how friendly, welcoming, and fun the state is, and the vastly different landscapes made for a jam-packed vacation.
Oklahoma to Texas, Jen Miner, The Vacation Gals
I still enjoy reading about a great road trip that my cowriter Kara went on a a few years ago. Her time spent in Oklahoma is especially fun to read for me, since I’ve never been to that state and its unique, romantic place in US history is so well captured by its family friendly museums and the Chickasaw recreation area
Cross-Country Road Trip, Keryn Means, Walking on Travels
Taking a smiley face road trip across the US from the Pacific Northwest to the Mid-Atlantic region allowed us to see more national parks and so much of the United States in the fall than we ever could have imagines. We bypassed the snow in the north to follow the 101 down the through Washington, Oregon and Northern California, cut across California wine country before heading southeast to see Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. After that it was nothing but open road until the great city of Nashville and on up to Maryland.
National Parks Roadtrip through South Dakota and Wyoming – Michele Chan-Thomson, Malaysian Meanders
After living abroad for three years, we wanted to reintroduce our kids to the wonders of America. Starting in the town of De Smet, South Dakota made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, we were filled with the can-do spirit of America’s pioneers and headed west. Our road trip took us past the desolate beauty of the Badlands, the iconic Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone’s famed geysers and hot springs, and finally the majestic Grand Tetons.
Utah Road Trip – Tara Schatz, Backroad Ramblers
This has to be one of the most scenic roads in the whole world. Stops include Bryce Canyon National Park, Capital Reef National Park, and Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Lots of camping and hiking, plus an amazing coffee shop with the most gorgeous views ever!
Sand Dunes National Park – Diana Rowe, Traveling in Heels
We’d heard that the Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa, Colorado was worth the trip especially in early summer when the water was running. Our multigenerational family met up in late May to explore the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, North America’s tallest dunes. We were awed by the beauty of the sand dunes, and the grandkids loved splashing in the seasonally appearing and disappearing Medano Creek.
Our favorite roadtrip of all time, Louisiana offers some of the best in family-friendly destinations! It’s easy to tour the entire state in one big ‘Z’-shaped route, and the opportunities for unique foodie experiences, exciting adventures, and unparalleled nature encounters will leave nothing to be desired!
Newfoundland Road Trip – Dr. Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators
Our favorite family road trip was an epic journey from Kalamazoo, Michigan out to Newfoundland – and included a ferry ride! What made this trip so special was not only the interesting things and beautiful scenery along the way, but the warm welcome we received in Newfoundland. Truly, this island is a unique place to explore, from whale watching to counting jellybean houses to unparalleled nature experiences.
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