Load up the station wagon, minivan, or RV and resolve to hit the road this year to take in a domestic bucket list destination.

Most travels came to a screeching halt with the onset of the pandemic last year, but it didn’t stop Americans from driving into the nostalgia of an old-fashioned family road trip. City escapes and trips to Disney are still problematic this summer. Instead, take this opportunity to explore some of our nation’s most storied sights and outdoor locales.

From the Grand Canyon to Niagara Falls, don’t miss out on visiting these iconic destinations for family fun and outdoor adventures.

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Pool at Yellowstone National Park Colors

Erupting geysers, hiking, wildlife viewing, and hot springs are just some of the reasons to visit the world’s first national park. Yellowstone is perfect for all ages and the natural beauty of this part of the country is unmatched.

Stay: Visiting Yellowstone in an RV is the pro move. Save up to 25% on your 2021 travel costs by booking an RV through RVshare. Or, check out this beautiful cabin on the Montana/Wyoming border.

The Grand Canyon

parent and child looking out over the Grand Canyon

National parks are great for socially distancing. Taking the fam to the Grand Canyon is a rite of passage. After spending a couple of days hiking the Grand Canyon, head to nearby Sedona for rest and relaxation.

Stay: Grand Canyon Thundercliffe Lodge

Golden Gate Bridge + Muir Woods

Muir Woods in Kalifornien

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the coolest experiences you can have in a car. Normally, you’d want to spend more time in San Francisco, but to keep your (social) distance, head north to the Muir Woods for hiking and beautiful bay views. Keep heading north to sip your way through California wine country.

Stay: The Carriage House at Willow Camp

Niagara Falls

Niagara falls in the summer during beautiful evening, night with clear dark sunset blue sky. Niagara fall water hit with many colorful lights that is beautiful in a way. Sky turning dark and cold.

Experience the breathtaking power of majestic Niagara Falls! Head north in peak summer months to get away from midwestern and southern humidity. Make Niagra Falls your day-trip destination, but treat the charming Chautauqua Lake—one of the jewels of western New York state—as your home base.

Stay: Inlet Run Cottages

The Outer Banks, NC

North Carolina Outer Banks Sunrise Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

The allure of the Outer Banks is strong—it’s easy to see why so many flock to the beautiful solitude of the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. Picturesque AF, the Outer Banks are perfect for lazy days on the beach, exploring quaint villages, and taking it easy. It’s a great road trip destination after days of exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains and other parts of the state.

Stay: Pet-friendly Beachfront Home: Six Bedrooms, Seven Decks & Jacuzzi

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