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Skyline Drive:

Skyline Drive:

Experience Shenandoah National Park! Skyline Drive is arguably one of the most scenic drives in the United States.  It’s also a great way to experience Shenandoah National Park. Shenandoah National Park encompasses over 311 square miles of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  You can drive the 105-mile Skyline Drive where there are 75 scenic overlooks (listed below).  There are day hikes for the beginner to expert hiker. How do you get there? Washington, DC:  Travel 72 miles west…

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Route 89 Road Trip

Route 89 Road Trip

Our Route 89 road trip from Salt Lake City to the Grand Teton was an unplanned highlight of our vacation. I shopped around for the cheapest airport / rental car combinations for our trip and Salt Lake City was ‘low bidder’. But had I known the scenery and entertainment value of the ride, it would have been my first choice! As you drive up and over the Wasatch Mountains surrounding Salt Lake City, you get a glimpse into a western…

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Florida Keys Road Trip!

Florida Keys Road Trip!

The Florida Keys road trip has a view for each passenger! With the ocean on one side and the Bay / Gulf on the other, this island hopping ride should be on everyone’s proverbial bucket list. A lesson learned (i.e. Do as I say…and not as I did!), would be to take the Florida Turnpike as far south as you can and then take Route 1 once you’re well south of Miami. There is nothing scenic about Route 1, just…

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Our Nova Scotia Road Trip

Our Nova Scotia Road Trip

One summer, we decided to take a Nova Scotia road trip with some good friends.  It was one of the more scenic road trips that we’ve ever taken!  We drove north up through the great state of Maine; through New Brunswick, spending two nights at the Fundy National Park campground; and then we drove north to the Cabot Trail, spending another 2 nights.  Our only regret is that we wish we had more time (isn’t it always?)! Below is an…

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Pacific Coast Highway:

Pacific Coast Highway:

Ride the CA-1! The Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco, is one of the best road trips you can take! It’s approximately 500 miles of less-than-highway-speed driving and you’ll want to plan some stops along the way. Going north from Los Angeles, you’ll drive by the star-studded Malibu, Pepperdine and see an endless stretch of Pacific beaches all the way up to Oxnard. You’ll swing through the orchards and produce farms and re-join the coastline…

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I-95 Road Trip

I-95 Road Trip

Most people who take the I-95 road trip are headed to sunny Florida…and the good majority of those are headed to see Mickey Mouse! Our family has taken the 1000-mile trek from Philadelphia, PA to Florida four times now and it’s become one of our favorite road trips. It won’t wow you like a ride along a scenic coastline or a road trip through a snow-capped mountain range, but it has become the iconic family road trip for those of…

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Family Road Trip!

Family Road Trip!

One of my favorite adventures is the family road trip. Road trips often get a bad rap and many people avoid them out of fear. But I’m here to debunk the myth – road trips are a blast! You will see and experience things on a road trip that you would miss altogether if you flew. My wife and I try hard to plan some good stops along the way. For example, we’ve driven 1000 miles down the east coast…

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Grand Teton

Grand Teton

We decided to add Grand Teton National Park as part of our Yellowstone vacation almost as an after-thought because it was an adjacent National Park. They are actually only a few miles away from one another – a really short drive. And as it turns out, the Tetons is one of the most beautiful areas that we’ve ever seen! As always, pictures pale in comparison to the real scenery. The foothill-less snow-capped mountains rising up from the horizon; the beautiful…

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Maine National Parks

Maine National Parks

The Maine National Parks list may be short, but quality trumps quantity.  Maine is one of our nation’s most beautiful states with all of its preserved, wooded wilderness and it’s home to Acadia National Park.  With over 5,000 miles of pristine New England coastline, Maine has more than any other of the continental U.S. states. Best known for lighthouses and lobsters, you’ll find both in bountiful supply!  There are more than 60 lighthouses along Maine’s Atlantic coastline, and you’ll see…

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Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail

The Bright Angel Trail was a vacation highlight on our trip to the Grand Canyon! It offered a unique view and vantage point as compared to the rim trail. One concern is always the safety of the trail. I especially was concerned, as I had organized this family vacation, researched this trail, and concluded that it would safe for us to do with our 4 boys (ages 4, 10, 12, and 13). Thankfully…I was right! The trail offers views of…

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