Hip Road Trips for Cool Families
Want to pack up the kids and take a road trip this summer? Check out our selection of fun, off-beat, and educational family vacation destinations all over the United States.
Grand Canyon Skywalk
Would you walk on a glass platform suspended over the western edge of the Grand Canyon? Well, you can, if you’d dare! Grand Canyon Skywalk is a new Arizona tourist attraction that makes the already awe-inspiring natural scenery even more thrilling.
International Spy Museum
Whether you want to be Sydney Bristow, Dad wants to be James Bond, or Junior wants to be Cody Banks, you’ll all have fun at the new International Spy Museum—the first and only US museum all about espionage. It boasts the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts ever placed on display.
Sharks' Teeth Beaches
Like TV’s “Shark Week”? You’ll love Caspersen Beach. It’s the best place in the country to find sharks’ teeth fossils and you can keep whatever treasures you dig up, making it a great destination for future archeologists, shark aficionados, and beach lovers.
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Legoland's Miniland USA
Sure Legoland has rides and attractions, but, the heart of the park is Miniland USA. Kids and adults will be awed and inspired by mini versions of Las Vegas, Washington D.C., New Orleans, New York City, Florida, San Francisco, and the Southern California coastline, all constructed from actual Lego bricks.
Acadia National Park & Lobster Boat Tours
Acadia National Park is home to rugged scenery and the tallest mountain on the US East Coast. And whether or not your kids will eat it, a trip to Maine just wouldn’t be complete without a little lobster (or as they say it, “lob-stah”). Take a whirl on an authentic lobster boat to show them what it’s all about.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Do your kids wish they could enroll in the School of Rock? Give them a crash course at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum! Teach them rock’s musical roots at interactive displays on blues, gospel, country, folk, and bluegrass. Then take them on a tour of legendary music scenes, from Memphis in the Fifties, to Seattle in the Nineties.
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Great Sand Dunes
Your kids will love dashing over the tallest sand dunes in North America, but this national park also offers alpine tundra, lakes, forests, streams, grasslands, and wetlands for further exploration.
Future of Flight Aviation Center
If your kids point to every plane overhead, they’ll love the Future of Flight Aviation Center and the Boeing Factory Tour. This exciting stop gives the whole family a chance to see 747s, 767s, 777s and, soon, 787s, in various stages of assembly, manufacture and flight test.
If your kids are mesmerized by off-beat art, they’ll be transfixed by the wild sight of 10 graffiti-covered cars, nose-down and half-buried! Millionaire Stanley Marsh III worked with the Ant Farm, a San Francisco art collective, to assemble the used Caddies and put them out on Route 66 for all to see.
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Bodie Ghost Town
Visit the ghosts of the gold rush in Bodie, just 13 miles northeast of Yosemite. In 1877, the Standard Company struck pay dirt here and the gold rush transformed Bodie into a boomtown. Today, just a small part of the town survives, preserved as a National Historic Site.
Jungle Gardens and Tabasco Plantation
See the place where hot sauce is made, and 250 acres of amazing gardens while you’re at it. It’s all on Avery Island, Louisiana (near the town of New Iberia). The gardens were created by the son of Edmund McIlhenny, the inventor of Tabasco sauce.
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