With the snow melting and temperatures rising across America, it’s time to get out and start enjoying that nice weather. It’s Sedan Week at Carsforsale.com and sedans are quickly becoming the family vehicle of choice. The large amount of space and better fuel economy make loading up the family sedan and heading out on a road trip very easy. To help inspire new ways for you to get out and enjoy the nice weather, here is our List of the 10 Best Road Trip Destinations.
10. Chicago, IL – The Windy City
Nothing is more American than an old-fashioned road trip with the exception of maybe catching a mid-summer baseball game. Load up the car and take the family to Chicago where you can take in a game at historic Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) or US Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox). The Windy City is also home to such popular attractions as The Willis Tower which was formerly known as the Sears Tower and Millennium Park which is home to architectural designs like the Bean.
9. Niagara Falls, NY – The Honeymoon Capital of the World
While this popular attraction is considered to be the honeymoon capital of the world, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great destination to head to with the whole family. This international destination spot is between the province of Ontario, Canada and the state of New York. It’s a collection of three waterfalls between the Horseshoe Falls (CAN), American Falls (USA) and Bridal Veil Falls (USA). Although traveling in a barrel going down the falls is not only frowned upon but illegal, you can take your family down the Niagara River where you can enjoy Class 5 rapids on a jet boat.
8. Keystone, SD – Mount Rushmore National Memorial
While the National Monument is technically located in Keystone, SD, the entire Black Hills region of South Dakota is filled with fascinating sights for the whole family to enjoy together; many of which from the comfort of never leaving your vehicle. From the Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park, this region is filled with plenty to keep the family busy. After seeing the Father of America (George Washington), Honest Abe (Abraham Lincoln), the Apostle of Democracy (Thomas Jefferson) and Teddy the Lion (Theodore Roosevelt), spend the night in Deadwood, SD where the entire town is considered a historic landmark.
7. Denver, CO – Mile High City
No matter what time of year you plan to visit Denver, you will never run out of exciting things to do with your family. In the spring and summer months, you can take in a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre or go hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park. During the winter, head to the outskirts of the city and take in the world famous skiing and snow sports. Year-round activities include taking in any one of Denver’s professional sports teams or any one of the museums in town such as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science or the Clyfford Sill Museum. If you are into cars as much as us here at Carsforsale.om, you should check out the Forney Transportation Museum. You won’t be disappointed.
6. Boston, MA – Beantown
If you are planning a road trip to Boston, be sure to allow yourself a few extra days to explore all the city has to offer. You can take the family of the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail with 16 sites along the way that date back to the Revolutionary War period. You can get an early jump on your children’s college career by touring any one of the prestigious college campuses in the Boston Common area such as Boston College, Harvard and MIT. With Boston’s many great food options, be sure to not miss out on grabbing a meal in Faneuil Hall Market and Quincy Market.
5. Washington, D.C. – The Nation’s Capital
Kids often learn about the leaders from the past who shaped America into what it is today in their history class. Turn your road trip into a history lesson with any one of the presidential monuments around town, a Smithsonian museum, or stroll through the National Archives. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is definitely worth checking out and the gift shop sells 5lb bags of shredded money that contain approximately $10,000 worth of currency.
4. New York, NY – The Big Apple
Although your kids may have learned about Washington, D.C. in history class, they have probably learned about NYC from popular television shows or movies. Take a stroll through Central Park like in the movie Home Alone, climb the Empire State Building like in King Kong (although we recommend staking the elevator or stairs), or celebrate in Time Square like it’s New Year’s Eve. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco may get all of the attention, but the real sight to be seen is the Brooklyn Bridge with the cityscape in the background.
3. Orlando, FL – O-Town
Every child in America likely dreams of going to Disney World. Orlando is also home to many other family attractions like SeaWorld Orlando, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Islands of Adventure, Hollywood Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Once you arrive in Orlando, the road trip doesn’t have to end. You can take the 6 hour drive to the south and hit the Florida Keys. In Orlando, it doesn’t matter if your family has a 4 year old, a 14 year old or a 24 year old child, there is fun for everyone. Whether you are enjoying any of the number of theme parks or relaxing in the sun at a pool, there is plenty to keep you busy.
2. Nashville, TN – Music City, USA
Nashville is considered the Music City; and for good reason. The Grand Ole Opry was founded in 1925 and has since played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment. To this day, country music’s biggest stars grace the stage nearly every weekend. Or visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and learn about the industry’s biggest names from the past and present. If history interests you, Nashville has a rich past filled with many Civil War era mansions and battlegrounds to tour. You can save some coin and load up the sedan and take the family on this driving tour to see the city’s historic places.
1. San Francisco, CA – The City by the Bay
Sure everyone should know that the Golden Gate Bridge is a popular attraction in the Bay City. However, there are many other family friendly things to do around the city that put San Francisco on the top of our list. “The Rock”, or Alcareaz Island, is an old prison that housed some of the most notorious criminals in America. Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelley are just two of the prisoners who called the island their home. A must-see in town is the Exploratorium where people of all ages can learn from hundreds of science and art exhibits.
Looking for a route to take during a road trip rather than just a specific destination? Check out our list of our Top Picks for Motorcycle Road Trips. You may not have a motorcycle, but you will still enjoy the amazing scenery and adventure along the way.