Activate family road trip planning. We’re going on a road trip this August that will log around 7,000 miles. Are you ready to hit the road with us?
Our family is planning a road trip across the country and we want you to come along for the ride. See below for WHERE we are going, but first, leading up to this family vacation I will be sharing a wide variety of road trip planning posts that will help you plan your own long or short family road trip.
Here is a sample of what you can expect to see:
Recipes that are perfect for along the road – from snacking-on-the-go to campfire recipes to making an easy meal in your hotel room.
Tips for saving money on road trips such as this post for saving money on lodging on a family road trip.
Places to visit both as we plan our trip and while we are on the road.
Restaurant reviews because we all know the secret to a good family road trip is discovering new fabulous restaurants.
Ways to stay sane when traveling with kids. Yes, it’s possible!
Hold onto your suitcases because we’re planning the most adventure-packed family road trip. With stops at local attractions, businesses, and restaurants, National Parks, hotels, and camping, there will be a little something for every traveler on this family road trip across the Northern USA.
Don’t forget to check out my tips for how to pack for a family road trip with less stress!
Where we are headed:
Starting Point: Manchester, New Hampshire
States we’re driving through:
Vermont – we aren’t stopping along the way since we use to live here AND already enjoyed a fabulous New England road trip.
New York – we may stop somewhere on the way back but haven’t gotten that set up yet.
Ohio – we recently visited Sandusky, Ohio, which you can read about.
Michigan – Visiting an onion and celery grower (August 4)
Illinois – The Spice House, and hopefully Split-Rail, a nut allergy free restaurant
Minnesota – Runestone Museum looks like an awesome place to add to our travel plans. Can’t wait to visit!
North Dakota – As an avid reader and history lover, I just had to add Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the list for North Dakota. We are also driving along the Enchanted Highway and stopping at Fort Abraham Lincoln Fort.
Montana – Glacier National Park
Destination: Union Gap, WASHINGTON STATE!
Washington – Central Washington Agricultural Museum, a visit to peach growers and a visit to Rainier Fruit. If we have time, Mt. Rainier is on our list also.
Oregon – Stay tuned for more details but Crater Lake is on our list and potentially Multnomah Falls
Idaho – Stay tuned for more details
Iowa – Stay tuned for more details
Missouri – Padavan’s NY in St. Charles is hosting us for a meal and I hear they just added pinball so we’ll introduce the kids to this old favorite. Stay tuned for more details but St. Louis is also on our list.
Indiana – tune in for more details soon
Ohio – planning a surprise stop
Pennsylvania – stopping for the night – no sightseeing
Massachusetts – driving through
If camping is part of your family road trip, be sure to check out my comprehensive camping guide for mom’s survival.
Have any stops to recommend along the way? Drop a comment to let us know what we can’t miss.
Road Trip Sponsors
The sponsor that put this road trip in motion: Union Gap, WA