Planning a family road trip? Any great family car trip is partly about the destination and partly about the journey.
While it's tempting to pack a zillion gadgets to keep your kids busy in the back seat, road trips are a great opportunity to introduce your kids to classic car games such as I Spy, I'm Going on a Picnic and The Name Game. There are also many fabulous travel toys and activities that are portable and easy to take along on your trips.
Find Great Drives
- Head over to the site of premier magazine Travel+Leisure, for Ten Great American Drives, such as The Oregon Coast, Yosemite, and Florida's Overseas Highway down to Key West --all with suggested lodgings for a family of four.
- Check GORP's Top Ten Scenic Mountain drives (in Washington, Vermont, Alberta, NH and more states.)
- Also from GORP: see National Scenic Byways and Other Recreational Drives, with a clickable map for the United States.
- Rand McNally Best of the Road: the well-known mapmaker company has an excellent web site. Click on Plan a Road Trip to make your way to editor's picks for "Best of the Road": "scenic drives with plenty of cool stuff to see and do along the way".
- Onroute magazine is another source of inspiration for great road trips, including the Grand Canyon North Rim, Colorado's Trailridge Drive, Arizona's Apache Trail, and many more.
Road Trip USA
Great routes, in different regions; many details and suggestions for fun stops.
- And for a quirky look at car travel, there's Roadside America: "Your travel guide to offbeat vacation fun." Viking longboats, world's largest twine ball... check any state for such must-see sights.
Finally: Rand-McNally has made road maps for decades. See two classic Road Maps for the US, Canada, and Mexico: large size, vinyl covers; price comparisons.