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12 Family Road Trip Ideas

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.

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12 Family Road Trip Ideas

Looking to hit the open road with your family? Here are 12 of the best road trips to take across the USA and Canada.

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.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee (and Part 2) – Melissa Garcia, The Consumer Queen

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.

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.

Boston to Quebec City, Jodi Grundig, Family Travel Magazine

You can get from Boston to Quebec City several different routes, including one through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We typically stop halfway to break the drive up. Since there isn’t a direct flight going to Quebec City from Boston, driving is usually the best option if you have time.

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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.

Louisiana Road Trip Dana Ticknor, Our Traveling Tribe

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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Ricky @ my family vacation ideas

Monday 25th of July 2016

Thanks for your ideas Jody. Looks like you have had some amazing adventures there with your family. I love the idea of taking the ferry out to Newfoundland. I could Imagine doing that in winter and looking at the kids faces as an iceberg floated by in winter too. The list gives some great ideas about attempting an extended American road trip. We have recently spent the last eight months travelling with our three year old including five months camping around Australia and a few months Canada, and agree with you totally about the importance and value of family travel. If you are ever in that Down Under part of the world check out the Great Ocean Road road trip with kids.

Wandering Educators

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Love this list - so inspiring! Thanks for including Newfoundland - we love it there!


Friday 5th of February 2016

I definitely have it on my travel wish list!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Such great ideas, Jodi! Thanks for including my road trip. We have Sand Dunes National Park on our list for this year.


Friday 5th of February 2016

Thanks for being part of the list!

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