If you’re reeling from COVID fatigue, desperate for a road trip of epic proportions, then today’s post is for you. I’m focusing on active, family-friendly destinations in the Continental USA. So grab your favorite cup of joe and let’s begin exploring!
5. Breckenridge, CO
It’s no surprise that I’m receiving a lot more requests for domestic destinations, and ski trips are in huge demand! The charming town of Breckenridge, at the base of the Rocky Mountains is an ideal socially-distanced option. Well appointed condo-style accommodations with balcony views of the mountains are a home away from home. Still, you’re within walking distance to Main Street for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Peak 9 is in close proximity so be sure to allow a few days for skiing.
Runner Up: Park City, UT
Craving more arts and culture, switch gears to Park City, UT, just an hour away from Salt Lake City.
4. New Orleans, LA
Ah…The Big Easy. New Orleans is a melting pot of French, African and American cultures with a storied past. This is evident in the food, architecture, dialect, and culture. While Mardis Gras on Bourbon Street may be one of the first images that come to mind, please be assured that New Orleans is a family-friendly destination (we began visiting when my oldest was 5). From the French Market and National World War II Museum, to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Whitney Plantation, New Orleans is educational fun for all ages. For adult-only trips, cemetery tours, haunted walking tours, and food tours are the icing on the cake.
Runner Up: Natchez, MS
Think quintessential historic town on the Mississippi River with antebellum mansions and a scenic parkway, harboring an old secret.
3. Asheville, NC
Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is bursting with character. There are a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts (think ziplining, hiking, swimming), craft beers for foodies, and of course The Biltmore Estate – George Vanderbilt’s 250-room castle brimming with history and culture. Spend a night or two at either The Village Hotel, The Inn, or Cottage. Kids welcome.
Runner Up: Greenville, SC
Surprised? In my opinion, Greenville is an underrated destination for a balance of outdoor fun with spectacular waterfall views and the arts.
2. Nashville, TN
Of course Nashville made the list! As recent transplants, we’re slowly discovering all the things Music City has to offer. It’s so much more than country music! From music-based tours and city landmarks, to spectacular state parks and hole-in-the-wall restaurants generations old, there are a ton of interesting things to see and do. This weekend we have tickets to see Picasso’s Figures – an exhibition from the collection of the Musée National Picasso-Paris – making its sole 2021 U.S. appearance at the Frist Art Museum. Score!
Runner Up: Austin, TX
This fast-growing city is also known for its live music scene, scenic waterfront, and unique dining experiences.
1. Orlando, FL
Y’all already know I LOVE Orlando theme parks and if my husband ever agrees, we’d relocate there in a hot minute! Walt Disney World is the happiest place on earth for good reason. Disney’ attention to detail and exceptional customer service create a perfectly curated immersive environment for kids and kids at heart.
Castles? ✅ Magical Characters? ✅ Uniquely themed resorts? ✅Creative foods? ✅ Matching outfits? ✅✅✅ What’s not to love?!
Runner Up: Universal Orlando
As the tweens get older, they like to flip flop between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, and for good reason. At this age they’re craving more thrill rides, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is amaze balls! Can’t wait for Epic Universe coming 2023!!
Honorable Mention – Paducah, KY
There’s a reason the American Steamboat Company has Paducah as one of its ports of call. This picturesque port town is chock-full of antique shops, museums, and street murals. Make sure to take the kids to the River Discovery Center for their river boat simulation. This is the perfect destination for an easy-going weekend.
Fun fact: we had one of our best ever seafood meals at Broussard’s!
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