Holiday break. Spring break. Or just time to break the boredom. All are good reasons to head out on the road with the fam for some rest and relaxation. With the right planning, road trips can be an unforgettable way to create cherished memories while taking in awesome sights and experiencing new places.
So pack your bags, buckle up, and hit the road for a trip that’s sure to be a hit with everyone. You’ve got the green light to head out on a truly memorable family adventure.
1. Utah’s Scenic Byway Highway 12
You can complete the drive along this 122-mile road in just hours but you’ll want to devote a few days to it to really take it all in. The roadway leads you to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks, the Escalante Petrified Forest, Kodachrome Basin, and Anasazi State Park.
2. Route 66
This road trip is sure to number among your favorites. Running from Chicago to Santa Monica, Route 66 spans 2,448 miles where you can take in everything from retro diners and vintage neon road signs to Americana gift shops and museums to scenic byways and historical attractions like Old Joliet Prison.
3. Pacific Coast Highway
Sand, surf, and scenic bluffs: California’s Pacific Coast Highway has an abundance of it all. Make your way from San Francisco to San Diego while stopping along the way at Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Malibu, Santa Monica, and a collection of captivating coastal towns.
4. Seward Highway
The bright, icy beauty of Seward Highway includes snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rivers, and wetlands. The 125-mile route from Anchorage to Seward allows for stops along the way that include the glacial Kenai Lake, Chugach National Forest, and Bear Creek. End your trip with an overnight stay in Seward and a visit to Kenai Fjords National Park where you can watch the whales at play and dine on the fresh catch of the day.
5. San Juan Skyway
This 230-mile loop allows you to take in some of the best scenery Colorado has to offer. Drive along a winding roadway that surrounds your car with hundreds of breathtaking lakes, peaks, and forests. Plan to stop in some of the many interesting towns you’ll encounter along the way, such as Ouray, with its luscious hot springs, and Durango, home to fabulous kayaking and steam train trips.