We have done 3 road trips throughout the US and would love to do more. It's a big and beautiful place. Thanks to Mic for giving us more inspiration.
Traveling with kids in tow is probably one of the most stressful experiences that mothers like me have to face. When planning a trip, you need to take in consideration the interest of your child. Most toddlers have a short attention span so we always try to find ways to entertain them. Usually I bring along games and gadgets to keep my child preoccupied. However, those aren’t enough because he is an active boy and prefers seeing and doing different things.
Instead of riding the plane, most parents prefer going on a road trip. Car rentals are cheaper than plane tickets especially if you’re traveling by groups. Families can also enjoy the freedom of going anywhere and stopping anytime they want. It will be an inconvenience for others if we do that while riding public transport.
Being a blogger for VroomVroomVroom has inspired me to go on a road trip adventure. I mostly write about different destinations across the globe; and seeing the beautiful images in each place makes me wish I can teleport to any city like Son Goku of Dragonball Z. Unfortunately, I don’t have that super power so all I have to do is save up and plan the ultimate road trip journey for my family.
With so many beautiful destinations to choose from all over the world, one place I dream of going to is the United States. This country is blessed with spectacular sceneries and beautiful highways. I’ve come up with a list of family road trip destinations in the US that may help co-parents choose where to go on their next adventure.
Highway 1A1 / Overseas Highway (Florida)
Imagine cool ocean breeze, spectacular sunset, and picturesque views. You can experience that when you pass by Highway 1A1 and Overseas Highway in Florida. The first route links northeast of Jacksonville to the Key West whereas the 127-mile route is known for its 42 bridges including the famous Seven Mile Bridge.
Attractions: Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Palm Beach Zoo, Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, John F. Kennedy Space Center, South Florida Science Museum, Everglades National Park, Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Jungle Island and Florida Gulf Coast Beaches.
Pacific Coast Highway (California to Washington)
This is one of the most popular highways in the United States, which stretches from the south of Baja in California to the top of Olympic peninsula in Washington. The 550-mile road trip route is perfect for families because of the wonderful scenery and kid-friendly destinations found in each city. Make sure to roll down your windows and snap a photo of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Attractions: San Diego Zoo,Ty Warner Sea Center, Skunk Train, Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, and Hoh Rainforest. Take a short trip to San Francisco so you can visit some of its main sites including the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Zoo, Exploratorium and Yerba Buena Gardens.
Skyline Drive Scenic Highway (Virginia)
The 105-mile highway passes by the Shenandoah National Park, which is considered a historic national treasure in the United States. If you want to steer away from commercial attractions, then this is the best route to take. Your children will experience wildlife and nature at its best.The perfect time to visit is during spring and fall seasons to witness flowers in full bloom and leaves changing colors.
Attractions: Back Home on the Farm, Luray Zoo, Natural Bridge Zoo, Virginia Safari Park, Bryce Resort, Dinosaur Land, The Garden Maze, Maize Quest Corn Mazes, and Massanutten Waterpark. For educational trips, visit Explore More Discovery Museum, Virginia Museum of Transportation, and Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum.
There are still more scenic highways and routes across the country. What do you think is the best family road trip destination in the US?
Michelle ‘Mic’ Florendo is currently a web content writer and blogger for VroomVroomVroom, an Australian company that offers car rental comparison in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and United Kingdom. She has worked for prestigious public relations companies in the Philippines and multinational companies such as Metglobal and Ayima in the past. She has also contributed restaurant reviews for OpenRice PH and celebrity news for KDrama Stars using different pen names. Her passion for music, food, and travel can be seen in her personal blog called Bitter Herb.