The United States is a big country, and you and your family should see as much of it as possible. Since crisscrossing the continent in a private jet—or even a commercial airliner—isn’t an option for most, a lot of us opt for family road trips. But with so many scenic drives, stunning national parks and breathtaking vistas, how can you possibly decide where to go (and even worse, what to skip)? Honestly, to come up with five amazing road trips, I had to cut out a lot of great ones, because really, you could make a list of five breathtaking routes for every state. So I settled for a few classic American vacations that are not too long, but just long enough to feel like thrilling adventures.
I don’t believe you should spend your entire vacation in a car. So these routes are designed to be taken a few hours at a time, and to be enjoyed as a long weekend or week-long vacation, with more time spent visiting towns and parks than driving.