Let’s get out and explore!
20 years from now, families will be gathered at a family reunion, reflecting back on the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be tragic stories of illness and death. There will be sad stories of job loss and loneliness. And there will be inspirational stories about family bonding and hope. About new directions in life that were hatched.
For my family, it will be stories about our dinnertime chats. With three school-aged children thrust into e-learning, our objective as parents was to provide educational stimulus, but in a fun way. Each day we picked a new state and our kids came to dinner that night with three unique facts and a list of things they wanted to see and do there. From Maine to Hawaii and every place in between, we uncovered details about our nation that would impress even Alex Trebek! The ultimate purpose of this exercise was to get our kids thinking about the future—that there was more to life than our four walls. We wanted to get them excited about a post-Covid-19 world and based on their enthusiasm for the project, I think we succeeded.
It was also the inspiration behind this guide. The entire All-American Road Trips project was conceived and published in less than 60 days, unheard of in the publishing world.
It is brought to you by the entire team at Premier Travel Media who worked under tremendous pressure and reduced resources. All told, over 25 writers, editors, designers and marketers lent their talent to produce this guide.
Our goal is to offer inspiration and guidance to families seeking to hit the road again this summer, fall or winter. After all, you haven’t been out in a while! Not to worry, though, as these talented writers reflect on some of their favorite family vacation destinations and lend inspiration and advice on how to “road trip” better. Our editors hunted down photos and fact-checked from their spare bedrooms in this all-hands-on-deck project.
I hope you enjoy the debut of All-American Road Trips and that you’ll share it with your family and friends so they too can experience the joys of travel once again.
Jeff Gayduk, Publisher
Consider camping, houseboating, dude ranches, national parks and other outdoors-oriented options.
by Nancy Schretter
All across America, towns and attractions with special Christmas celebrations invite families to hit the road.
by Randy Mink
Recalling treasured family vacations in the Rockies.
by Don Heimburger
The Erie Maritime Museum spotlights a colorful chapter in the Navy’s swashbuckling past.
by Harry H. Peck
Flowers, trees and a beautiful mountain beckon to you.
by Mike May
A young family makes delightful discoveries in Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama.
by Karlin Fitzmorris Riles
Things didn’t go quite as expected, but our winter journey to Florida and back was full of fun little adventures.
by Dan Campana
Three is definitely not a crowd on this Rocky Mountain high adventure.
by Kathy Nolan
Road trip from Chicago to Falmouth is memorable regardless of the year.
by Mary Lu Laffey
Golf is a great multi-generational adventure.
by Dave Bodle
Get as creative as you want in developing your game plan.
by Marilynn Stewart
Taking a journey by car when the kids are adults and the parents are retired is a magical experience.
by Amanda Walkins
Limit screen time and encourage family bonding with these games, crafts and audiobooks.
by Miles Dobis
This is what you need to know for our first RV trip.
by Kerri Cox