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Road trips close to home or around the USA and Canada

From coast to coast, families are gearing up for exciting travel adventures with their loved ones The great American road trip is still one of the best ways for families to relax and reconnect with one another. To make the most of their vacations, AAA recommends families plan and research as far ahead as possible to avoid missing out on popular activities and fun.

To help inspire would-be road-trippers, AAA’s travel editors have curated more than 450 pre-planned road trips.

Featured Regional Road Trips

Philadelphia to South Jersey

Atlantic Coast Road Trip

From the Founding Fathers convening in Philadelphia to vacationers enjoying the diversions of Atlantic City and Cape May, generations of visitors have discovered the broad appeal of these Northeastern communities. Start off by Philadelphia’s bustling center city and travel I-676/Atlantic City Expressway toward Atlantic City before you take a slower drive along the coast.

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Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley Vistas Scenic Highway

As you travel east along I-64 with spectacular mountain vistas, you’ll encounter entrances to the Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The byway ends in Charlottesville, home to the stately University of Virginia founded by Thomas Jefferson.

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Civil War Sites

Civil War Sites

While you may have seen Civil War documentaries and read the history books, nothing can quite compare to standing on a grassy battlefield where Union and Confederate soldiers once clashed. Visit the sites of some of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War—including Gettysburg and Antietam—on this loop through the mid-Atlantic states.

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Tips for a Perfect Family Road Trip

  • Be prepared – For passengers, pack a pillow and books, games, or music for the ride. Bring information on your destination to keep kids and other passengers entertained. Pack healthy snacks for kids, especially if you can’t stop for a full meal while traveling.
     
  • Safety first – Drivers should plan frequent stops, about every 100 miles or two hours, to remain alert. Make sure everyone is restrained by seat belts or a child safety seat to prevent injury in case of a sudden stop, swerve or crash. AAA members who are renting a car through Hertz can request a complimentary infant car seat or toddler booster seat.
     
  • Pack your patience – Be prepared for busy roads and long airport security lines throughout the summer. If hitting the road during a holiday weekend, consider leaving earlier or later than the typical holiday travel times to avoid heavy traffic. Same goes for air travel, and be sure to arrive at the airport at least two hours before scheduled take-off.
     
  • Do your research – To make the most of your trip, map out your route in advance, using a tool like AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner. For extra guidance, seek the advice of a knowledgeable travel agent. And be sure to download the AAA Mobile app to find AAA Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, gas prices and fun stops along the way.
     
  • Be road trip ready – Take your vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out on a road trip. In case of an emergency, always carry a flashlight, extra batteries, warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and extra water. To locate a AAA Approved Auto Repair shop in your area, visit AAA.com/AutoRepair.

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