Road Trip

You can save a lot of money by driving to your vacation destination! Road trip doesn’t have to mean roughing it or living out of your car. For our purposes road trip just mean you are getting to our destination and traveling within your destination by a vehicle you are driving. There are several types of road trips you can choose from:

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Enjoy hiking, nature, or the beauty of a National Park with a simple, relaxing, inexpensive vacation

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Explore famous cities like Chicago, New York, Dallas, and more to experience their museums, architecture, and activities.

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Enjoy relaxing, lazy days in the sun, making sandcastles, or swimming. Stay at a resort, airbnb, or camp

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National Park

Experience the breathtaking beauty of America’s 429 national parks: stunning Arches, giant Sequoias, awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, and more!

United States Roadtrips

We’ve visited all 50 states with our kids. While we did use a cruise for Alaska, the other trips were multi-city road trips. Take a peak at our itineraries with details below.

This year, my husband and I had a surplus of vacation time to use up, so we decided to plan two epic road trips to make the most of it. Our first adventure was a Revolutionary War for Kids and 8 State Road Trip this spring. It was amazing to hit the road with our little ones and explore the rich history and beauty of our country. From historic battlefields to stunning landscapes, we made memories that will last a lifetime. 

You can see our Revolutionary War Roadtrip part 1 and part 2

Embarking on a 2-week road trip to California, Oregon, and Washington offers a unique blend of experiences that will leave you in awe of the beauty of the West Coast. From the stunning beaches of California to the lush forests of Oregon and the vibrant city life of Washington, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this epic journey.

In California, be sure to visit iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, and the stunning coastline of Big Sur. Make a stop in Napa Valley for some wine tasting or head to Yosemite National Park for breathtaking views of waterfalls and granite cliffs.

Heading north to Oregon, you can explore the charming city of Portland with its quirky shops and delicious food scene. Don’t miss the chance to hike through the Columbia River Gorge or visit the Oregon Coast for some stunning beach views and fresh seafood.

In Washington, the vibrant city of Seattle awaits with its bustling markets, iconic Space Needle, and beautiful waterfront views. Take a ferry to the San Juan Islands for a peaceful retreat or hike through the stunning mountains of the North Cascades National Park.

Nevada doesn’t call to me like it does to others, but we did really enjoy visiting the Hoover Dam!

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The northeast states of the United States are home to a wealth of unique sights and attractions that are definitely worth a visit. From the bustling city life of New York City to the charming coastal towns of Maine, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this region.

One of the most unique things about the northeast states is the stunning fall foliage. Every autumn, the trees in this region burst into a riot of colors, creating a breathtaking natural display that draws visitors from across the country. Whether you take a scenic drive through the countryside or hike in one of the many national parks, you will be treated to a visual feast unlike any other.

In addition to the natural beauty of the northeast, there are also plenty of man-made wonders to explore. The historic cities of Boston and Philadelphia are filled with fascinating museums, beautiful architecture, and important landmarks that tell the story of America’s past. And let’s not forget about the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, a symbol of freedom and democracy that is recognized around the world.

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The Southwest states of the United States – Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma – are filled with unique attractions and stunning landscapes waiting to be explored. From the majestic Grand Canyon in Arizona to the diverse cultural heritage of New Mexico, there is something for everyone in this region.

In Arizona, be sure to visit the otherworldly red rocks of Sedona and the bustling city of Phoenix, known for its vibrant arts scene and desert botanical gardens. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the historic Route 66 and the towering Saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park.

New Mexico offers a rich tapestry of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures. Santa Fe’s adobe-style architecture and art galleries are a must-see, while Taos Pueblo showcases traditional Pueblo life. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Park are natural wonders not to be missed.

Texas is known for its larger-than-life attitude and diverse landscapes. Experience the nightlife and live music scene in Austin, marvel at the iconic Alamo in San Antonio, and explore the cowboy culture in Fort Worth. The Big Bend National Park and Palo Duro Canyon State Park offer breathtaking views and outdoor adventures.

Oklahoma may be known for its flat plains, but it also boasts vibrant cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Discover the rich Native American heritage at the Chickasaw Cultural Center and explore the scenic beauty of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

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Welcome to the southeastern states of the United States – a region rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. From the scenic beaches of Florida to the vibrant music scene of Louisiana, this area has something unique to offer every traveler.

In Mississippi, be sure to explore the historic city of Natchez, known for its beautifully preserved antebellum homes and charming southern hospitality. Alabama boasts the stunning Gulf Coast beaches, as well as the vibrant city of Birmingham with its delicious barbecue and lively nightlife.

Louisiana is a cultural melting pot, with the famous city of New Orleans at its heart. From world-renowned jazz music to mouthwatering Creole cuisine, there is no shortage of things to see and do in the Bayou State. Georgia is home to the vibrant city of Atlanta, as well as the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in the northern part of the state.

And finally, Florida is a playground for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re exploring the Everglades National Park, relaxing on the white sands of Destin, or enjoying the theme parks in Orlando, there is something for everyone in the Sunshine State.

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Alaska, the largest state in the United States, is a land of unparalleled natural beauty and unique experiences. From its stunning glaciers and majestic mountains to its diverse wildlife and vibrant culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Last Frontier.

One of the most unique aspects of Alaska is its vast wilderness, which offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, or wildlife viewing, Alaska has it all. The Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, is a must-see for nature lovers. You can also take a cruise along the Inside Passage to see stunning coastal scenery and abundant marine life.

In addition to its natural wonders, Alaska is also rich in indigenous culture and history. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage to learn about the traditions and customs of the state’s native peoples. You can also explore historic sites such as Sitka National Historical Park, where you can learn about Alaska’s Russian heritage.

No trip to Alaska would be complete without sampling some of its unique cuisine. Try fresh Alaskan seafood, such as salmon, halibut, and king crab, or indulge in a reindeer sausage or moose stew. And be sure to wash it all down with a locally brewed beer or a shot of Alaska’s famous fireweed honey-infused vodka.

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Looking for a unique travel destination? Look no further than Hawaii! With its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, Hawaii has so much to offer visitors. Whether you’re exploring the volcanic landscapes of Big Island, taking in the beauty of Maui’s Road to Hana, or immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Oahu, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Aloha State.

One of the most unique attractions in Hawaii is the Na Pali Coast on Kauai. This breathtaking stretch of coastline features towering cliffs, lush valleys, and cascading waterfalls, making it a must-see for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. The beauty of the Na Pali Coast is truly unparalleled, and a boat tour or hike along the coastline is an experience you won’t soon forget.

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Looking for a unique and exciting road trip adventure in the Midwest? Look no further than Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota! From bustling cities to charming small towns, this region has something for everyone.

In Illinois, don’t miss out on exploring the vibrant city of Chicago with its iconic skyline and world-class museums like The Art Institute of Chicago. Head down to Starved Rock State Park for some breathtaking views and outdoor adventures.

Indiana is home to the Indy 500 and the charming city of Indianapolis, where you can visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art or catch a Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Make sure to stop by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for some stunning views of Lake Michigan.

Michigan offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts with its Great Lakes, national parks, and charming beach towns. Visit the unique architecture of Detroit or explore the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Wisconsin is known for its cheese, breweries, and outdoor activities. Check out the Milwaukee Art Museum or take a stroll through the charming streets of Madison. Don’t forget to sample some cheese curds and visit a dairy farm while you’re there.

Missouri is home to St. Louis and its iconic Gateway Arch, as well as the lively city of Kansas City with its delicious BBQ and jazz scene. Explore the Ozarks or take a riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River.

Kansas may be known for its flat landscapes, but there is plenty to see and do in this underrated state. Visit the vibrant city of Wichita or explore the history of Dodge City. Don’t miss out on the breathtaking views of Monument Rocks or the natural beauty of the Flint Hills.

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and offers a perfect mix of urban and outdoor adventures. Visit the Mall of America in Minneapolis or explore the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Don’t forget to indulge in some delicious Scandinavian cuisine while you’re there.

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There are so many unique and wonderful sights to see in the Midwest region of the United States! From the stunning Badlands National Park in South Dakota to the awe-inspiring Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the beauty of nature in this area is truly unparalleled.

In Nebraska, make sure to visit the iconic Chimney Rock, a towering natural landmark that has guided travelers for centuries. Head over to North Dakota to explore the mysterious Maah Daah Hey Trail, a 144-mile long path that winds its way through the state’s breathtaking badlands.

And of course, no visit to this region would be complete without experiencing the majesty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Whether you’re skiing in Aspen or hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, the views are sure to take your breath away.

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Discover the charm and beauty of the southern United States with a trip to Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and South Virginia. Each state offers its own unique qualities and attractions that will leave you in awe.

In Tennessee, immerse yourself in the vibrant music scene of Nashville, explore the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and indulge in delicious southern cuisine in Memphis.

Head to Kentucky to visit the majestic horse farms in Lexington, experience the bourbon trail and taste some of the best whiskey in the world, and take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town of Louisville.

In North Carolina, explore the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, relax on the stunning beaches of the Outer Banks, and discover the rich history of Asheville’s Biltmore Estate.

Travel to South Carolina to soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Charleston, explore the historic charm of Savannah, and sample mouthwatering southern BBQ in Myrtle Beach.

Venture to West Virginia for a thrilling outdoor adventure in the New River Gorge, marvel at the stunning landscapes of Blackwater Falls State Park, and immerse yourself in the unique Appalachian culture.

Lastly, don’t miss out on the beauty of South Virginia, where you can experience the enchanting Shenandoah Valley, explore the historic town of Williamsburg, and hike along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway.

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The Rocky Mountain states of the United States offer a diverse range of natural wonders and attractions that are truly one-of-a-kind. From the rugged mountains and pristine landscapes of Wyoming to the vibrant cities and national parks of Utah, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this stunning region.

In Wyoming, be sure to visit Yellowstone National Park, where you can witness the incredible geothermal features such as Old Faithful and the vibrant Grand Prismatic Spring. The state also boasts the iconic Grand Teton National Park, with its jagged peaks and breathtaking alpine lakes.

Utah is home to the otherworldly landscape of Arches National Park, where you can marvel at over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the unique rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park or hike through the majestic canyons of Zion National Park.

Idaho may be known for its famous potatoes, but it also offers stunning natural beauty. Explore the rugged Sawtooth Mountains or relax by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. For a taste of history, visit the charming town of Wallace, known as the “Silver Capital of the World.”

Colorado is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with world-class skiing in the Rocky Mountains and the stunning landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit the vibrant city of Denver for its thriving arts and culture scene, or take a scenic drive along the Million Dollar Highway in the picturesque town of Ouray.

Montana is known for its vast wilderness and iconic landscapes, including Glacier National Park with its towering mountains and pristine lakes. Explore the charming Western town of Bozeman or experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Beartooth Highway.

Each of these Rocky Mountain states offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and cultural attractions that are sure to leave you in awe. Plan your trip today and discover the wonders of the Rocky Mountain region.

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New England states are known for their picturesque landscapes, charming small towns, and rich history. One of the most unique aspects of this region is its stunning fall foliage, which attracts visitors from all over the country to witness the breathtaking colors of the leaves changing. Whether you’re taking a scenic drive through the mountains or hiking through one of the many state parks, the beauty of New England in the fall is truly unrivaled.

In addition to the gorgeous scenery, New England is also home to a wealth of historic sites and landmarks. From the iconic Freedom Trail in Boston to the charming lighthouses that dot the coast, there is no shortage of history to explore in this region. The quaint villages and towns that make up New England are also worth a visit, with their charming architecture, cobblestone streets, and inviting local shops and restaurants.

If you’re looking for some unique attractions to see in New England, make sure to check out the coastal beauty of Cape Cod, the stunning mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, or the vibrant arts scene in Portland, Maine. And don’t forget to sample some of the region’s famous seafood, such as lobster rolls and clam chowder.

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If you are looking for ideas to keep kids happy, entertained, and quiet on your next Road Trip with kids, keep reading! I have 6 kids and have traveled to EVERY state in the US with my crew. We don’t just survive family roadtrips – we have FUN! We make memories. We have a great time. Seriously! Here are some ideas for helping kids have fun as you drive in the van between attractions.

Road Trip with Kids

I’ve had lots of people ask in our planning a roadtrip, what we were planning to do with the kids in the car for 5 weeks! I think with a little planning, thinking about the kids’ needs, and a sense of humor a road trip can be an amazing opportunity to bond as a family and create priceless memories! So here are 50+ ideas for Car Trip Fun!

There are several road trip games and road trip ideas images that are clickable with additional information, how-to’s, and free printables! Don’t miss the 20+ free printable car games (a huge car resource in itself).

Road Trip Games

Are you planning a family road trip and worried about keeping the kids entertained during those long hours in the car? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 20 fun road trip games for kids that will make the journey fly by!

  • I Spy: One player picks an object they see and gives a clue like “I spy with my little eye something red”.
  • License Plate Game: Have a competition to spot license plates from different states.
  • Alphabet Game: Find items outside the car that start with each letter of the alphabet in order.
  • 20 Questions: One player thinks of an object, and the others have only 20 questions to guess it.
  • Car Bingo: Create bingo cards with common road trip sights and see who can get bingo first.
  • Name That Tune: Hum a tune and have the others guess the song.
  • The Movie Game: Name a movie, and the next player has to name an actor from that movie, and so on.
  • Storytelling: Take turns adding to a story one sentence at a time.
  • License Plate Alphabet: Find letters of the alphabet in order on license plates.
  • Animal Name Game: Name an animal, and the next player has to name an animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal.
  • Travel Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of items to spot along the road.
  • Telephone: Whisper a message around the car and see how it changes by the end.
  • Categories: Choose a category like fruits or animals and take turns naming items in that group.
  • Tic-Tac-Toe: Use a sheet of paper and some markers to play this classic game.
  • Rhyme Time: Say a word and see who can come up with a word that rhymes.
  • Spot the Car: Choose a color or make of car and count how many you see.
  • Would You Rather: Ask “Would you rather” questions and have a discussion.
  • 20 Questions Animal Edition: Think of an animal, and the others have only 20 questions to guess it.
  • Punch Buggy: Spot a VW Beetle and shout “Punch Buggy” followed by the color.
  • Spot the Sign: Find different types of road signs and tally how many of each you see.

How to organize the car for a family Roadtrip

Pick up a plastic or canvas bin that will fit neatly in between two seats or on the floor under a carseat so it doesn’t take up much room. Teach your kids that, just like their room at home, it needs to be tidied. Once they finish with something it goes back in the box, not the floor. This will help keep the car organized!

  • magnetic shape board
  • magna doodle
  • view master
  • magic pen pads
  • coloring book and crayons
  • mad lib and pen for older students
  • their favorite small toys like ation figures, barbies, hot wheels, etc – Make sure to hide them a coule weeks before your trip so they will be extra fun in the car
  • We do also have an ipad that I loaded with a couple of their favorite movies & shows, but the kids actually didn’t really touch it.  Since undoubtedly someone will ask – NO I don’t think kids need to be entertained 100% of the time! My kids are actually very self-entertaining. They can usually play by themselves doing one activity for an hour or more. And they also enjoy just looking out the window, singing songs as a family, talking, telling stories, sleeping, and talking amongst themselves. But when you spend about 150 hours driving in the car in one year you’ve got to plan for success!! =-)

Plus you have to remember we took 2 long trips this year: a 2 week Revolutionary War Trip out East and a 3 week Westward expansion / Rout 66 Roadtrip West. So this box entertained our children as we traveled from sea to shinning sea – literally!

There you go – hopefully that was helpful as you are planning a roadtrip & you found a new road trip ideas to make your road trips more fun and memorable. Do you have any great road trip games I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your tips & tricks too! Here are some great resources we’ve used and LOVE!

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