Road trips are a time-tested activity that many families enjoy. Packing up the car, hitting the open road and discovering new regions are exciting for any age. Although you may stop at a regular rest stop, there are some alternative activities that can grab your attention on that next road trip.
Discover a Ghost Town
As freeways came into being, many towns just off from these pathways turned into ghost towns. People didn’t drive through the towns anymore, and locals moved away to more lucrative areas. Discover a ghost town by looking up local history. Many ghost towns are ran by counties and cities so that the spirit of the area can be preserved. This alternative activity is historical, exciting and somewhat spooky as you look in on buildings that might be 100 years old or older.
Bring Along a UTV
For those truly adventurous types, bring along a recreational vehicle or UTV. These machines allow you to drive around designated areas with some off-roading abilities. Don’t forget to bring UTV suspension parts in case of any malfunctions. You want to fix the machine and get back on the trail without any delays. Pack your safety gear as well so that the entire family can enjoy the ride.
Bike a National Park
National parks are preserved by the government, which makes them a refuge from busy developments. To explore them with ease, rent or bring bikes along on the trip. Biking through a national park gives you a chance to see various features without the confines of a vehicle. Pick an area to focus on, bring a picnic lunch and truly experience the beauty of nature.
Pack the Telescope
Living in the city has its perks, but seeing the stars isn’t one of them. If you have a telescope that fits in the car, bring it along for those clear nights. As you drive to a new destination, pick an area outside of a major city. As night falls, you can take the telescope out and look at the stars. If it’s dark enough, you might see the Milky Way floating right above you.
Bring along some comfort as you explore unknown lands by packing snacks, water and extra blankets. With satisfied stomachs and warm conditions, everyone can enjoy the view outside. When you’re ready to start a desired activity, the entire family will be ready to hoot and holler their praises.