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America's Best Family Road Trips (PHOTOS)

Posted: 09/20/2012 7:00 am

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  • Coastal Highway 1

    <a href="http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/614956/614956,1277492693,9/stock-photo-bixby-bridge-on-california-s-big-sur-55986754.jpg" target="_hplink"><em>Mariusz S. Jurgielewicz / Shutterstock</em></a> <strong>San Francisco to Santa Barbara, Calif.</strong> It's hard to believe that anyone could get bored of looking at scenery like this, but kids are all about upending preconceived notions. Make the most of your pit stops by trying to burn off some of their energy. <strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_Family_Road_Trips/" target="_hplink"> America's Best Family Road Trips </a>

  • State Highway 14

    <a href="http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/450736/450736,1282361801,8/stock-photo-turquoise-trail-heading-south-toward-alburquerque-new-mexico-59484652.jpg" target="_hplink"><em>William Silver/ Shutterstock</em> <strong> </a> Albuquerque to Santa Fe, N.M.</strong> This is a pretty quick road trip, but should your kids get antsy, play the license-plate game: Ask them to write down all of the different states they find on passing car's license plates. Whoever spots the most states wins a prize. <strong>Read More: </strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_Family_Road_Trips/" target="_hplink">America's Best Family Road Trips</a>

  • I-25 North and U.S. 36 West

    <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-90130408/stock-photo-a-full-moon-sets-in-the-early-morning-hours-of-late-spring-over-the-peaks-of-rocky-mountain.html?%20src=04de06a800cb8bb7ac84f0270e173e46-1-1" target="_hplink"><em>Mike Berenson /Shutterstock</em></a> <strong>Denver to Estes Park, Colo.</strong> Savor the drive from Colorado's capital into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Catching a glimpse of the purple mountains majesty from Estes Park will be an unforgettable experience for you and your crew. <strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_Family_Road_Trips/" target="_hplink">America's Best Family Road Trips</a>

  • Scenic Byway 60

    <em>Jay Olson/ Wisconsin Department of Tourism</em> <strong>Milwaukee to Prairie du Chien, Wis.</strong> Sometimes, the simple things in life are the most pleasing, and Wisconsin offers several drives that do deliver on visual appeal. Scenic Byway 60 is one such road, and another (pictured) is the Great River Road. <strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_Family_Road_Trips/" target="_hplink">America's Best Family Road Trips</a>

  • State Routes 100 and 108

    <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-95175142/stock-photo-new-england-fall-foliage-in-stowe-vermont-usa.html?src=4ce391011db2b3d2607420c1bda6fccb-1-" target="_hplink"><em>jiawangkun/ Shutterstock</em></a> <strong>Waterbury to Smugglers' Notch, Vt.</strong> The Green Mountains in Vermont are especially stunning when the trees on them are clothed in red, orange, and yellow leaves. And children will let you admire the view, especially if they're in the back seat spooning ice cream into their mouths from the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury. <strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_Family_Road_Trips/" target="_hplink">America's Best Family Road Trips</a>

  • U.S. 30 East

    <a href="http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/83209/83209,1171242555,2/stock-photo-amish-buggy-2664004.jpg" target="_hplink"><em>Sam Chadwick/ Shutterstock</em></a> <strong> Lancaster to Philadelphia, Pa.</strong> There are plenty of attractions in Lancaster, from riding a restored steam locomotive at the Strasburg Railway to perusing the fresh foods market downtown. But one of the most interesting activities for kids is taking an Amish buggy ride. <strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_Family_Road_Trips/" target="_hplink"> America's Best Family Road Trips</a>

  • U.S. Route 11 East and U.S. Route 321

    <em><a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?searchterm=gatlinburg&search_group=&lang=en&search_source=search_form#id=105816404&src=f041e0cba53a19db4918af0983ba6916-1-0" target="_hplink">Dave Allen Photography/ Shutterstock</a></em> <strong>Johnson City to Gatlinburg, Tenn.</strong> The short drive from Johnson City to Gatlinburg is certainly visually arresting, but it can be educational too. Just make a couple of stops at the birthplace of Davy Crockett and the final resting place of Andrew Johnson. <strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/Americas_Best_Family_Road_Trips/" target="_hplink">America's Best Family Road Trips</a> <strong>Also check out:</strong> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/gallery/How_to_Travel_with_Kids/" target="_hplink">How to Travel with Kids</a> <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/rankings/Best_Family_Vacations_in_the_USA/" target="_hplink">Best Family Vacations in the USA</a>

 
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