Travelagentcentral.com reports that four in 10 U.S. adults, according to a AAA Travel survey of some 100 million Americans, are planning on taking a family vacation in 2019, with road trips one of the most common ways to enjoy it. What better way to break in that RV you just purchased from one of the Jayco dealers in PA, or anywhere else, than to embark on a summer road trip? No matter what vehicle you plan to travel in, these road trips are sure to provide fun for the entire family.
Central California Coast
One of the best road trips you can take is to travel along Highway One, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, which follows the California coast. One of the most spectacular stretches can be found between Monterey and Big Sur. There are campgrounds, glamping opportunities and high-end oceanfront hotels to take advantage of, providing something for just about every budget. In this area, on one side are soaring redwood trees and the other, sheer cliffs that plunge down to the pounding waves of the Pacific. Big Sur is even home to a unique purple sand beach in Pfeiffer State Park. A little further south you can search for treasures like jade in aptly named Jade Cove.
Seattle to Vancouver
Start in Seattle, often referred to as the Emerald City with so much green while being surrounded by mountains and water in nearly every direction. The whole family will enjoy Pike Place Market with its talented buskers and entertaining fishmongers that toss the fresh catch of the day while cracking jokes. Take a ride up to the top of the Space Needle for a panoramic view of the stunning landscape before heading to Vancouver, B.C. Just three hours north, here you’ll find a wide range of things to do from a world-renowned aquarium in beautiful Stanley Park to outdoor adventures like zip lining on nearby Grouse Mountain.
Cape May, Jersey Shore, New Jersey
If you live in Pennsylvania, or any of the states near New Jersey, and are looking for a road trip closer to home, you may want to head to Cape May, the jewel of the Jersey Shore. An ideal destination for families, it’s home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, as well as a zoo, fantastic ice cream shops, a wide range of entertainment and family-friendly hotels.
Glacier National Park, Montana
One of the most breathtaking places in the entire country, Glacier National Park is home to dramatic mountains with turquoise glacial lakes, magnificent waterfalls and abundant wildlife. You won’t want to miss taking a drive on its Going To The Sun Road. Often named one of the most spectacular drives, this 50-mile highway crosses the Continental Divide. Along the way, you’ll almost always see bighorn sheep and mountain goats hanging out in the sunshine at Logan Pass, right along the roadway. The park’s lakes are popular for a variety of activities, from cruises and kayak excursions to fishing and swimming.
The Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota
If you’re coming from the east, you won’t see much other than wheat and corn fields from Chicago to much of South Dakota, but when you reach the Badlands, you’ll discover an incredible painted landscape with pinnacles, spires, buttes and canyons that make it look as if it’s another planet. But the best part is yet to come – less than an hour west is the lush Black Hills which offer a long list of family-friendly attractions and beautiful scenery. Check out Mount Rushmore, paddle or swim in the many lakes and view all the wildlife in Custer State Park. You can ride the 1880 historic steam train and watch Wild West shootouts in Hill City, and then venture just north to Deadwood to pan for gold at the Lost Boot Mine.