Family Road Trip Ideas

family road trip ideasSure, there are plenty of jokes made about family road trips, but the truth is, some of the greatest memories are made and some of the most amazing places are discovered on family road trips. So even if the children get a little antsy in the car, taking a road trip will give them an experience they will never forget. Sometimes family road trip ideas seem hard to come up with, but the reality is that there are endless possibilities for great family road trips. Check out some of these family road trip ideas for your next exciting vacation.

Tour America's National Parks

National Parks are scattered pretty thickly throughout the United States, which means you can probably plan for either a long or a short road trip centered around one or several National Parks. Here are some fun family road trip ideas that incorporate several National Parks all into one road trip.

The Grand Circle

This road trip will take you through Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon. Wow, what a list of spectacular parks! This road trip can take over ten days depending on how much time you want to spend on each park, but you can always feel free to cut out one or more of the parks if you would like to make the trip shorter. The first National Park on the list would be Zion National Park, located outside of St. George, Utah. If you want to spend a few days at the park, find a vacation rental in St. George where you can make yourself at home. The rest of the parks include stunning red rock formations, delicate arches, stunning overlooks, and a breathtaking sense of the wonder of nature.

Northern California

Tour the wonderful parks located in Northern California. This beautiful trip will highlight Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National Park, Crater Lake, Lava Beds National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. This road trip would be best starting from San Francisco and making a circle. During this road trip you will see diverse and rich landscape, full of green trees, rolling hills, verdant valleys, and awe inspiring views. From the towering redwoods, to the lava tubes of Lava Beds National Park, this road trip highlights the incredible scenery and rugged landscape of Northern California.

Unique Family Road Trip Ideas

family road trip ideasKentucky Horse Country

For those who like animals, particularly horses, this road trip is sure to delight. Kentucky, home to the famous Kentucky Derby and the most exciting two minutes in sports, is a veritable treasure trove of horse information, activities, and sightseeing. Visit Churchill Downs and the surrounding horse farms. If you are familiar with any of the latest horse racing movies (Dreamer and Seabiscuit, for example), you will recognize some of the locations and backdrops. At the Kentucky Horse Park you can visit museums, watch horse shows, explore the horse barns, and even go on your very own horseback ride.

Mississippi River Trip

Explore the Mississippi River with your family and recount the adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. This beautiful river, so essential in the history of the United States, has a history all its own which is fun to explore. Stop by Hannibal and explore the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. Go on to visit the Pere Marquette State Park in Illinois. Here you can relax in the lodge, go hiking or horseback riding, or let the younger children play on the jungle gym.


These are only a few fun family road trip ideas. You know your family best, so decide what kind of road trip would fit your needs as far as time, money, and interest are concerned.

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