If you made it a New Year’s resolution to travel more as a family in 2020, you’re in the right place! And if you’re currently preparing for a snowpacalypse (I’m looking at you, Michigan), this article is coming just in time to start planning your next getaway. There are so many great option to choose from!
Traveling has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve been able to share that passion with Canan and now our sons. Traveling as a family is not always easy, or affordable, but it is a huge part of the fabric of the family we’re creating. We joke that a “vacation” is a term reserved for traveling just as adults, and a “trip” is something we take the boys on.
If you’re looking for unique, affordable, and adventurous travel for the whole family, look no further! I’m rounding up travel guides from our favorite family travel destinations within the United States today on the blog. I’m also highlighting a few key interest points for each below.
1. California Highway 1 Road Trip
When people ask the question, what is your favorite trip, my mind always immediately goes to California. (Yes, that even includes my trips to Australia and our trip to Greece.) This 10 day trip was absolutely incredible. If you’re looking for amazing food, beaches, wine, ocean views, hikes, a trip up (or down) the coast may be for you. This trip would be great for:
-families with either babies, or children 12+ (due to the car time between locations, and activities)
-those that don’t mind packing up every few days for a new destination
-those that love wine
Favorite moment: Canan-Santa Barbara (all of it), Dana-Carmel wine tasting downtown after a day of exploring Big Sur.
2. 30A, Florida
I recently blogged about 30A, the collective beach towns of South Walton located within Florida’s Panhandle. This was an amazing 12 day vacation. This trip would be good for:
-multiple families looking to travel together
-those that like biking trails
-those that love the beach
Favorite moment: watching bowl games on the big screen, golf cart cruises with our, watching the sunset in Seaside, the grilled cheeses at The Meltdown.
3. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston was a beautiful town! We spent Christmas here and loved the architecture, history, peacefulness, and food scene.
This trip would be good for:
-those that like to relax
-those that would like history and architecture
Favorite moments: front door scavenger hunt, Lewis BBQ, walking King St.
4. Savannah, Georgia
We tacked on Savannah to our travels after Charleston and are so happy we did. Savannah was such a fun spot for the beautiful buildings, history, and exploring. This trip would be good for:
-those that like history
-those that like to explore downtown and enjoy parks
Favorite moments: Hop on Hop off tour, Forsyth Park.
5. Petoskey, Michigan
We have enjoyed this town in Northern Michigan several times, most recently last summer. We absolutely loved The Inn at Bay Harbor with its attention to detail, thoughtful amenities, and memorable activities for kids. Only a few hours from us, Petoskey is the perfect place to make family travel an annual tradition. This trip would be perfect for:
-fans of Hemingway
-families of all ages
-those that like planned activities right on property
Favorite moments: roasting marshmallows at the outdoor fire right on the water, the spa!!!, Happy’s tacos.
6. Nashville, Tennessee
We loved our trip to Nashville as a family. It isn’t just a trip for couples or bachelor/ette parties! We found so much to do downtown and in the suburbs, and there are tons of great hiking trails not far away! This trip would be great for:
-those that love the food scene
-those that love the live music scene
-those that want to explore the city as well as hike in the mountains
Favorite moments: live music, hot chicken, and brunch at Flipside.
Where have you traveled as a family before and loved?
Where do you plan to travel this year?
I love to read your comments!