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Family Vacation Ideas

The family that travels together stays together! Drive the Nation can help you to plan a stress-free and fun-filled road trip. Pack up the car and hit the road to explore the U.S. with your family, from grandkids to grandparents and everyone in between. There are festivals, museums, beaches, and more. We all have different personalities, which is why our family vacation ideas hit home for all types of families. Here you can find information on great kid-friendly cities, as well as some of the best vacation spots in the USA!

Plus, when it comes to travel planning you can count on our step-by-step itineraries, recommendations on top attractions, and safety tips for families. If your upcoming family trip is a driving vacation, view our ideas for surviving those long car rides. Don’t forget to pack the snacks!

We’re all for traveling with the family, and we want your children to experience some of the country’s best landmarks and parks. We fill you in on the best activities for kids, how to plan fun for the whole family, and safe family vacation ideas. Whether loading the car for a holiday trip, spring break, summer vacation, or weekend to the mountains, we have the destinations and sightseeing attractions that provide for a memorable journey.

Fun Fall Crafts for Kids
2 years ago

Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

Just because it’s back to school time for the kids doesn’t mean it’s time to put away all those summer craft supplies. In fact, Fall is one of the best times of year to get the kids involved in crafts.

With bright and beautiful leaves appearing, fall colors in full swing, and pumpkins and pine cones ready for the taking, you’ve got plenty of natural items you can use at your crafting table. Read More

55 Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities
2 years ago

55 Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities

Fall is a busy time of year! With school in full swing and the holidays sneaking up around the corner, it’s understandable that families might find themselves swept away in …
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After School Activities for Students
2 years ago

After School Activities for Students

Now that school is back in session, parents are scrambling to find ways to keep their students entertained once the afternoon school bell has chimed for the day. While it might seem easiest to allow your son or daughter to watch television or play video games for hours at a time, this solution is not most conducive to your child’s overall health.

Instead, we suggest pursuing an after school activity (or group of activities) that combine your student’s hobbies and interests in a different way. Most juvenile crime is committed during after school hours. Even if you don’t believe it’s possible for your own child to engage in risky or illegal behavior, there is still ample published research to support the benefits of participating in an after school program. Read More

Best Fall Leaves Crafts
2 years ago

Best Fall Leaves Crafts

With autumn right around the corner, the beautifully-colored foliage lends itself perfectly to DIY projects that will add some fall flair to your home or office. The best part is …
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Packable Lunches for Road Trips & School
2 years ago

Packable Lunches for Road Trips & School

Forget about the traditional PB&J. Whether you’re heading off on an end-of-summer adventure, or just trying to think outside of the, er, lunch box when it comes to back-to-school meals, …
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Fall Vacation Planning
2 years ago

Fall Vacation Planning

As students prepare to head back to school and parents return to the daily grind, “vacation” isn’t a word you might expect to hear tossed around this time of year. …
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Overnight Summer Camps for Children and Teens
2 years ago

Overnight Summer Camps for Children and Teens

When you were in grade school, did you ever spend a summer away at camp?

Hundreds of thousands of American children and teens attend sleepaway camp on an annual basis, either as a student or as a counselor. The idea of sleepaway camp might bring butterflies to your child’s stomach, especially if it is your family’s first experience. We’ve compiled a few items that you should know about overnight summer camps for children and teens.  Read More

Sunscreen vs. Sunblock
2 years ago

Sunscreen vs. Sunblock

As a native Floridian, one of the most common bits of knowledge that are a must for all that live in the sunshine state is proper protection from the sun. To most people, sunscreen and sunblock are the same thing, right? Wrong. They are commonly referred to as the same thing, but they actually serve two difference purposes. Take a look at some of the main differences below to see which one works better for you.
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Baby’s First Road Trip: 3 Tips for Smooth Sailing
2 years ago

Baby’s First Road Trip: 3 Tips for Smooth Sailing

Whether you’re taking a cross-country girls trip or traveling on a family vacation, parenthood brings a new set of challenges when it comes to hitting the open road. You’ll have …
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5 Family-Friendly Summer Pool Games
2 years ago

5 Family-Friendly Summer Pool Games

A refreshing dip in the water is sure to deliver relief from the scorching summer heat. However, if you haven’t yet had a chance to embark on your long-planned vacation to the beach, you’re not alone. In fact, most Americans don’t have the luxury of popping over to the ocean’s shore at a moment’s notice. In such instances, the swimming pool becomes the holy grail of summertime splendor and meaningful memories.

Don’t have a pool? Have no fear, water lovers of the world. There are more than 10.4 million residential pools and 309,000 public swimming pools in America [source: CDC]. It’s quite likely that there is a pool in the vicinity. So, grab your sunblock and a beach towel, because we’ve compiled 7 Family-Friendly Summer Pool Games that are sure to make a splash:

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Family Vacation IdeasTravel Tips for Families

It’s not easy to travel with the family, especially when your kids are young. That’s why we share travel tips for taking the kids on long car rides, holiday trips and family vacations. Our family vacation ideas are guidelines to help you provide your kids with the excitement and anticipation for the next trip. Instead of designing your itinerary with things to do upon arrival, start the planning along your route and utilize our tips and suggestions to make your road trip the first part of your vacation.

These articles include family vacation ideas that will help keep the whole family happy. From tips on making trips both fun and educational, to suggestions for eating healthy on vacation, to exciting activities to help your family remember your vacation experiences, Drive The Nation shares tons of great vacation ideas for families.