Wow! Warm weather is finally upon us. Fields are bursting forth with colorful floral displays. Backyard barbecues are heating up. Schools are rapidly approaching the summer break. You know what that means? The quintessential summer family road trip is just around the corner!
Each year our family travels include at least one road trip. Why? Because they are just so much fun! They also make wonderful opportunities to reconnect after months in our hectic, crazy busy day to day world. No sports to rush off to. No deadlines that must be met. No homework that has to be done now. Just us, and the open road ahead.
Family Favorite Epic Road Trips
Outdoor adventures. Stunning landscapes. Ancient history. Fun, quirky experiences. Do these words conjure up images of a fantastic vacation? An adventurous road trip chock full of fabulous adventures? They sure do for this family! Here’s snapshots of three family favorite road trips of years gone by, and one yet to come. Be inspired! Create your own epic road trip. Who’s ready to hit the open road ahead?
A Day’s Drive Along The Road to Hana, Hawaii
A most memorable adventure was our day along the Road To Hana, on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The Road to Hana is one of Maui’s top tourist attractions, and is not the easiest of roads to drive. It is often crowded, filled with hairpin turns and one-lane bridges. But what awaits those who venture through this vastly undeveloped, extremely picturesque tropical paradise are a coastal rainforest, black sand beaches, spectacular 400 foot high waterfalls, adventurous hiking trails, and so much more.
Besides, who’s in a rush when you’ve got such gorgeous views to gaze upon, and amazing adventures to be experienced! Read more about our day experiencing the Hana Highway at 3 Favorite Day-Trip Worthy Adventures Along The Road To Hana. The Road to Hana is also one of 14 Epic Road Trips showcased in the infographic below!
An Amazing Road Trip Adventure in Colorado and Utah
Plan for several days to truly experience all this spectacular corner of Colorado and Utah has to offer! These storied lands include some of the United States’s most iconic and historic national parks like Mesa Verde and Arches, as well as stunning scenery, ghost towns, and incredible outdoor adventures.
Drive through stunning snow-capped mountains. Stand inside an ancient cliff dwelling, and beneath a giant sandstone arch. Hike and bike adventurous trails. Sit in prehistoric dinosaur tracks. This is one epic journey worth the ride! Read more about this quintessential United States road trip at Road Tripping in Colorado and Utah – Photos of a Family Adventure.
Exploring Canada’s Cape Breton Island
Another favorite road trip was exploring Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cape Breton Island is home to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery unmarred by modern development. Our five days here were filled with dramatic coastal drives, adventurous hikes, ocean kayaking, and whale watching.
Cape Breton Island’s famed Cabot Trail is considered one of National Geographic’s Top 50 Drives Of Lifetime. And it truly is! Read more about our Cape Breton Island adventures at 7 Family Favorite Moments on Cape Breton Island and Frozen In Time: A Day At Fortress Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island.
Next Up – Driving Italy’s Amalfi Coast And Sicily!
Wondering where this year’s epic road trip might take us? Italy, and the Amalfi Coast is in our sites, and we can’t wait! In a few short weeks we will be off to Italy where we will spend ten day experiencing the iconic Amalfi Coast on down to the island of Sicily.
Who knows what adventures are ahead of us. One thing is for sure. I’ll be sharing these adventures in the months to follow. Oh, yes, I can’t wait for this summer’s road trip! It is going to be epic! The Amalfi Coast is also on the list of Epic Road Trips below, and each one of those stops is on our driving plan.
Epic Road Trips Around The World
Where to go? What to see? No matter! Just get out and see the world. I’ve shared several of our epic road trips. And here are more Epic Road Trips from around the world to inspire your next road trip. Which one is your favorite? Which one is tops on your travel bucket list?
Find more infographics at Visualistan.
What’s Your Next Epic Road Trip Adventure?
Road trips have long been a family favorite summer vacation adventure. How about you? Do you enjoy road tripping? What’s your favorite adventurous road trip so far? Do share! I’m always looking for inspiration for next year’s road trip adventure!
Read more about other adventurous road trips this family has experienced at 4 Ultimate National Park Road Trips.