The Great American Road Trip

Many families talk about it but fewer and fewer actually take that great American road trip before the kids are grown and head off to live their lives. No matter where you live, there is the start of an epic road trip nearby and there is every reason to just pack up the car and go. The rewards are bound to be great and the memories vast.

Whichever route you choose, be sure to have your car serviced before you leave. Car troubles are one way to kill the spirit of a great family road trip quick. If you’ve already left home and find yourself on the side of the road or in an unknown place with car troubles, check our Cars.com to find service centers near you, and to read about service and repair advice.

On to the fun stuff. Where should you go? Consider heading down the epic California State Route I for a week, starting in the northern part of the state, or even further from the state of Washington, and ending in  San Diego. The vistas are breathtaking, the pace is slow and the possibility for adventure is high. Or maybe you need a route on the East Coast. The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches more than 460 miles from North Carolina to Virginia. It travels through the Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains and is considered one of the country’s most scenic routes. Plan a trip that slowly meanders along the route, stopping in small communities and taking in the scenic overlooks. If the family is having a blast, you can even extend the scenic tour further south by taking Skyline Drive which adds 100 miles more to the excursion.

The Overseas Highway that runs from Key Largo to Key West, Fla. is another fan favorite. Take in the blue water, salty, ocean air and island vibes. Consider making it a real road trip with stops in the major islands of the Florida Keys along the way. You can also pack up the family and drive from sea to shining sea on one interstate. Starting in Seattle, Wash. and ending in Boston, Mass. A family road trip along Interstate 90 will take you through 13 states, the Great Lakes region and across the Continental Divide. Some of the country’s best sites are along this route so it should be savored with the family, not rushed. There are numerous, phenomenal road trip options through the U.S. Sometimes we forget how diverse and truly scenic our country is. Picking any route gets you on the road and spending time with family, and that’s truly what it’s all about.

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