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Family Vacation Ideas

The family that travels together stays together! Drive the Nation can help you to plan a stress-free and fun-filled road trip. Pack up the car and hit the road to explore the U.S. with your family, from grandkids to grandparents and everyone in between. There are festivals, museums, beaches, and more. We all have different personalities, which is why our family vacation ideas hit home for all types of families. Here you can find information on great kid-friendly cities, as well as some of the best vacation spots in the USA!

Plus, when it comes to travel planning you can count on our step-by-step itineraries, recommendations on top attractions, and safety tips for families. If your upcoming family trip is a driving vacation, view our ideas for surviving those long car rides. Don’t forget to pack the snacks!

We’re all for traveling with the family, and we want your children to experience some of the country’s best landmarks and parks. We fill you in on the best activities for kids, how to plan fun for the whole family, and safe family vacation ideas. Whether loading the car for a holiday trip, spring break, summer vacation, or weekend to the mountains, we have the destinations and sightseeing attractions that provide for a memorable journey.

Pigeon Forge, TN for Families
2 weeks ago

Pigeon Forge, TN for Families

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a popular vacation area located near the Smoky Mountains, where you can expect to see and do a lot.

There is a high number of outdoor adventures, amusement rides, shows, and places to eat, making it the perfect spot for a little family fun. Ready to take a look? Grab your cowboy boots and let’s go…

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Durango and Silverton, CO Railroad
2 weeks ago

Durango and Silverton, CO Railroad

Choo-choo, All aboard the Durango and Silverton Railroad; An unforgettable ride from Durango, Colorado to Silverton, Colorado with spectacular views of the wilderness, canyons, and San Juan Mountains along the way. 

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Quick Guide to Tulsa, OK
4 weeks ago

Quick Guide to Tulsa, OK

Are you in Tulsa, or planning to be soon? Oklahoma‘s second-largest city, is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a perfect place to visit. Its many attractions are wonderful for all ages; here is a handful to add to your itinerary.

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Places to See Sea Lions in San Francisco
1 month ago

Places to See Sea Lions in San Francisco

People love to visit a city like San Francisco for lots of reasons. There’s the cool architecture, great food in places like Chinatown, tons of shopping, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. But you might be surprised to find one of the most popular attractions has to do with sea lions. 

Yes, that’s right! 

One of the best cities in the country to see sea lions in is San Francisco. And it’s one reason people flock to this part of the country.

In this post, we’re going to highlight all of the main spots and hidden gems you can check out sea lions. From the biggest tourist spots to some of the secret places the locals know about, you’ll find them all here. 

Ready to get started?

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Dr. Seuss House in Springfield, MA
2 months ago

Dr. Seuss House in Springfield, MA

The world’s very first Dr. Seuss Museum opened up last summer in Springfield, Massachusetts- the town he was born. Have you and your family gone yet?

If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good. Dr. Seuss

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Quick Guide to Fort Wayne, IN
2 months ago

Quick Guide to Fort Wayne, IN

By  •  Family, Food, Places

If you find yourself in northeastern Indiana– a little west of Ohio and just south of Michigan– chances are you’re right around the corner from the Fort Wayne area. Stop in and have a look-see. Here are some of the highlights. 

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Best National Parks to Visit in the Winter
2 months ago

Best National Parks to Visit in the Winter

Think National Parks are only for summer vacation?

Think again! 

In fact, some National Parks are amazing to visit not only all year round but especially in the winter. That’s what we’re going to cover in this post. 

So, if you love being outdoors in the winter, beautiful nature, and frolicking in the snow, you’re in luck, this list of best National Parks to visit in the winter is right up your alley. 

Pack those snowshoes, and let’s go!

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Whaling Museum in Nantucket, MA
2 months ago

Whaling Museum in Nantucket, MA

If you’re planning a vacation to the Cape Cod island of Nantucket, you don’t want to miss the Whaling Museum, operated by the Nantucket Historical Association. Find out why it is listed as one of the top 45 things to do in Massachusetts. 

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Visiting Monument Valley, Utah 
3 months ago

Visiting Monument Valley, Utah 

 Are you interested in planning a trip to the wild, wild, west? 

It doesn’t get anymore west than Monument Valley; a park that lies within the Navajo Nation reservation and stretches across 92,000 acres in northern Arizona and southern Utah

Considered by some to be, “the definitive west,” find out why it is one of the most photographed places on earth and should be at the top of your to-do vacation list. 

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Quick Guide to Rockford, Illinois
4 months ago

Quick Guide to Rockford, Illinois

If you’re a music or movie buff then you already know Rockford, Illinois is home to the famous American Rock Band, Cheap Trick. And that the Rockford Peaches; a 1940’s All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was the inspiration for the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell. 

But, do you know what other gems Rockford is hiding? If you are visiting the area, check out these things to do. 

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Family Vacation IdeasTravel Tips for Families

It’s not easy to travel with the family, especially when your kids are young. That’s why we share travel tips for taking the kids on long car rides, holiday trips and family vacations. Our family vacation ideas are guidelines to help you provide your kids with the excitement and anticipation for the next trip. Instead of designing your itinerary with things to do upon arrival, start the planning along your route and utilize our tips and suggestions to make your road trip the first part of your vacation.

These articles include family vacation ideas that will help keep the whole family happy. From tips on making trips both fun and educational, to suggestions for eating healthy on vacation, to exciting activities to help your family remember your vacation experiences, Drive The Nation shares tons of great vacation ideas for families.