Want to get closer to your son? Consider taking a father/son road trip this summer. With just the two of you, you’ll be able to create memories that you won’t soon forget.
State Parks Road Trip
One great road trip idea is traveling to the state parks within your own state. If you live on the coast, there are many state beaches that would be fun. Many parks have lakes perfect for swimming and offer camping sites with varying accommodations. Before your trip, take a look at what state parks are located in your state and create a route to the ones that interest you and your son the most. Make sure to pack for all weather. Some of the top state parks in the U.S. include Silver Falls in Oregon, Prairie Creek Redwoods in California, Roxborough in Colorado and Palo Duro Canyon in Texas.
Baseball Road Trip
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If you and your son are big baseball fans, what would be better than a road trip to see your favorite teams play? Games are head literally every single day throughout the summer, so it’s a perfect time to hit the road and attend a few games. You could plan a trip to different baseball stadiums in the same general area. Head to Cleveland and get some Cleveland Indians tickets, then travel up to Detroit for a Tigers game. Don’t stop there — grab some tickets for a Cubs or White Sox game in Chicago, and then head down to Cincinnati for a Reds game. It would be an unforgettable trip for both you and your son.
History Road Trip
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If history is one of your passions, consider a route along historical sites. Choose a topic that is important to you. These are some of most popular trips.
- Civil War - Route 15 takes you from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Monticello, Virginia where you can stop at nine presidential homes, 18 national and state parks, 57 historic towns and villages and hundreds of Civil War Battlefronts. It’s a great way to teach your son about the nation’s past on a fun road trip.
- Revolutionary War - For this trip, start in Boston where you can explore the Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile trail includes 16 historic sites. To get the most out of the trip, download the Freedom Trail app onto your iOS device, which acts as your tour guide with descriptions, facts, stories, and photo-rich slideshows. Other places to head on your Revolutionary War trip include Fort Ticonderoga, Philadelphia, Yorktown, and Charleston.
- Mining Towns - If you’re looking for something in the western U.S., consider a road trip of Colorado mining towns. Start in Colorado Springs where you can visit the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Head west on U.S. 24 and stop by Historic Cripple Creek where there’s a state-of-the-art interpretive center where visitors can learn about gold mining with interactive displays. Other places to visit include Victor, South Park City, Salida, and Royal Gorge.
When it comes to road trips, it doesn’t matter so much where you go. It’s all about having some one-on-one time with your son.