All-american road trip
Collected by Rainer Jenss, Family Travel Correspondent
There is no vacation more American than a road trip across the good ol' USA. Whether you plan to camp under the stars (Badlands National Park), enjoy scenery from the car (Blue Ridge Parkway), or take the bigger kids onto wildly scenic trails (Point Lobos State Reserve)—remember, getting there is half the fun.
307 Commercial St #1, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA
Ever since our boys were old enough to look through a pair of binoculars, we’ve been going on whale watching excursions every chance we get. Our fascination with whale’s tails started in the summer of 2001 when we took our first outing off the...
Orcas Island, Washington, USA
At the strong recommendation of people familiar with the region, we were told the San Juan Islands are a "must." It didn’t take long to see why. Just the 75-minute ferry ride from Anacortes (90 minutes north of Seattle) to Orcas Island was one of...
A certain amount of dedication is required to see the sunrise. You have to commit to getting up early, then fight the urge to hit snooze when "go time" comes around. You drag yourself out of bed and to the prime sunrise watching spot - in this...
1312 W 12th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
To deal with the constant quest for appropriate family-friendly dining, our investment in the book Roadfood proved fruitful. Far from a Zagat’s, this book highlights some of the best local eateries along our nation’s most traveled roads, according...
20681 SD-240, Interior, SD 57750, USA
If you’re going to visit Badlands, make sure to check out the Park Ranger Evening Talk at the Cedar Pass Campground amphitheater in the national park. For more than an hour, the ranger fascinated both young and old alike with his self-made...
Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
The sand was soft. The sky was azure blue. The birds were singing. The air was balmy. I could smell the the salt in the sea at the beach. I felt lighthearted and relaxed. I was in Key Largo, the Florida Keys. The Keys are a vacation away from the...
Blue Ridge Pkwy, United States
The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles of majestic wilderness and breathtaking vistas that will keep even the most well-traveled of us slack-jawed most of the time. If you have the chance, just pack the car and drive this winding snake of a road from...
62 CA-1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
I've been all over the California coast and Point Lobos is my favorite place to hike. We have hiked every trail in this reserve and never tire of this magical place. You can see many animals, such as sea otters, seals, elephant seals,sea lions,...
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