A road trip in the USA is an experience like no other. Don’t let the opportunity to see America in the family car pass you by because you are waiting for the perfect time. There is no better time than the present.
This past summer my hubby and I have been on more short road trips than ever before as we have tried to travel responsibly during a pandemic. It has been so much fun and we have been able to discover some real hidden gems and enjoy some new experiences.
Buckle Up, Buttercup
Pack your bags. Grab some snacks. Jump in the car. Gas up and get going on your adventure!
The fact is that the USA is an amazing country and a road trip is the best way to get a taste and appreciation for that it offers. The USA is so expansive and there are so many regions and cities each with their own sub-culture and history. I am fascinated when I arrive someplace new and get learn their unique history, wildlife critters, and pop culture. No two places are alike if you stop to experience them.
Weekend Getaways for the Win!
For example, late last spring my hubby and I decided to do a long weekend in Richland, Washington. Although it’s a fairly small city, it is becoming a real up-and-coming place to visit. It is surrounded by wineries and has lots of outdoor activities like fishing, boating, paddleboarding, biking, and a 7-mile walking path along the Columbia River.
We stayed at The Lodge at Columbia Point. It was located right at the beginning of the 7-mile Riverfront Trail along the Columbia River. It was within easy walking distance of some fantastic restaurants like LuLu Craft Bar and Kitchen. (I highly recommend the fish ‘n chips.) It was a beautiful hotel, the staff were very friendly and attentive, and we had a view of the river from our room. An added bonus was the fact that they had free bikes for hotel guests to use if they wanted to take a ride. We enjoyed it so much we went back just six weeks later to see more of the area.
The walking path along the Columbia River had markers that gave tidbits of information about the area. You can learn about native species of animals in the area as well as some local history. For instance, did you know that during the Cold War Russian submarines would cruise up the Columbia River hidden from plain view?
Driving Around the Bend…
Road trips can take you north to south, east to west, kitty-corner from Washington to Florida…or any route in between. Does your bucket list include visiting each state in the USA? A road trip is the perfect way to knock out those bucket list destinations.
There are tons of books, magazines, websites, and blogs to offer advice on how to experience a road trip in the USA. No excuses not to get started. We will be offering our own articles on planning, itineraries, snacks, and lots of other great advice for road trips.
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Wanna take a foodie road trip with your sisters? Visit all the National Parks with the kiddos? How about a New England Fall Foliage with the parents? Surfboarding on a river (yep, that’s a real thing)? We have you covered!
Connecting the Dots on the Map
The opportunities and itineraries are pretty much endless. Wanna take your kids on a walk, bike, or drive through a tunnel cut into a giant sequoia tree? We’ll be discussing lots of options, so simply pick and choose the ones that speak to you! No two people or families are alike. That’s okay! That’s one of the things that makes this country so awesome!
If you only have time for a day visit, there are lots of little getaways near you to check out.
A perfect little day trip from our house is the little Bavarian village of Leavenworth. As you drive Highway 2 through the Cascade Mountains in Washington, you just might miss it. This little town used to be a lumber town. However, when the local lumber industry looked like it might be in trouble after the cross-continental railway threatened to take it out, the town had a German makeover.
There are lots of great little restaurants serving bratwursts and wienerschnitzel. On a nice summer afternoon you can see polka performances, browse art outdoors, and visit all the cute little shops. During the summer, you can see an outdoor performance The Sound of Music set against backdrop of the alps of the Pacific Northwest.
If you enjoy the outdoors, take a whitewater rafting trip down the river. If you enjoy hiking, enjoy a short hike in the nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness area or the Wenatchee National Forest. With all the available activities, Leavenworth makes for a great road trip destination in the USA.
Are Road Trips Good for Families?
I would say a resounding yes! How you approach a road trip like the length of time and the activities you choose will help you create the road trip perfect for your family. Similarly, awesome trends in the travel industry are making travel so much more family-friendly.
And if you have concerns about traveling with little ones, you can determine the best type of trip (and destination) for your family. With a little planning ahead of time, there is no need to worry about traveling with the kids.
Read More: What is the Best Type of Trip for Your Family? and Conquer the Top 4 Worries of Traveling with Kids
And always remember: The family that plays together, stays together!
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