Travelling in the United States reminds me how much history, culture, and beauty there is to enjoy both in the cities and off the beaten path.
In my opinion, road trips are the absolute best way to experience the USA. The slow journey through small towns, forests, mountains, cities, and countrysides is incredible. The difference in food, language, culture, and even climate, can be vastly different within the span of a day.
Our favourite road trip is the one that takes us from Southern Ontario to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. A 18 hour drive (yes, that’s driving time) that only can go well with lots of planning, flexibility when the plan changes, and patience. Trust me though, it’s worth it.
Another road trip we really enjoyed, and a much different experience than HHI, was Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. This trip renewed my interest in museums, galleries, big city vacations, and piqued the same interest in my kids.
When I tell people that one of my favourite family vacation destinations is Las Vegas, the response is usually one of surprise (and a bit of side-eye). I suppose it’s hard to separate the image of drinking, gambling, and general excess when thinking of Las Vegas. However, I can’t say enough about the incredible weather, rugged surrounding landscape, great food and entertainment, and limitless things to do for a family vacation.
Florida is a tried and true destination for Canadians fleeing winter. The weather is good, the flights are cheap, and there is lot’s to do with the kids. I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a bit of our Ft. Lauderdale Florida adventures — no Disneyland in the plans for this family though.
Then there is San Diego California. My favourite place.