Here at the PLG we LOVE a good road trip and with spring break heading our way, we thought we would round up a few of our favorite road trip destinations we have taken with our families over the last couple of years to get your travel bug buzzing! Let’s hit the road!
9 Spring Break Road Trip Ideas
1. The Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks is such an idyllic spring break destination. It is still the off season there until late May and the island is quiet, but usually just warm enough to get outside and enjoy all it has to offer! We loved getting a beach house with a bunch of friends, venturing out to see the wild horses that live on the beaches, visiting its stunning lighthouses and having a clam bake with allll the fixins. We have three posts on this favorite destination with all sorts of ideas of what to see and do, so be sure to read them here, here, and here!
2. Washington DC
While I lived on the East Coast I got to visit DC a lot and am so grateful I did! One of my favorite things about it is that there is so much to see and do for free with a family, including lots of incredible monuments and museums as well as the national zoo! We also loved spending time in Georgetown and National Harbor and eating at out favorite restaurant, Founding Farmers. See some of the highlights from one of our trips right here.
3. Southern California
Southern California makes me sigh when I think about it. Living in Utah for much of my life meant that we visited there a lot since it is a solid road trip distance, and man, it’s dreamy. I love so many different cities in Southern California and wish I had documentation of them all, but this trip we took with our family where we explored Anaheim without stepping foot in Disneyland was especially fun. Find the post here.
4. Hershey, PA
Hershey, PA has such a special chocolate-covered place in my heart. Hershey is the sweetest, most all-American town and I have the best memories of taking my tiny kiddos to its (very fun) theme park, (kinda hokey in the best way) chocolate factory, gorgeous gardens, and Christmas festivals. If you live on the East coast it is definitely worth driving for. I love it so. See more in our posts here and here.
5. Manzanita, OR
Writing about this one is giving me palpitations because I already have another trip to this most magical destination booked in May! I had never been to the Oregon Coast before writing these posts and I fell so in love with it that I am anxiously counting down the days until we are there again. Those stunning beaches up against those crazy cliffs and all that green was just more than I could handle. You’ve got to go! Find our posts here and here (UPDATE – we have written two more posts about this magical place here and here).
6. Virginia Beach
The whole time we were in Virginia Beach I was trying to figure out a way to just leave my life and move there. It is so lovely and family friendly with cool neighborhoods and fun restaurants along with the good vibes of a beach town. I never thought I would have loved it as much as I did. We will definitely be back. Find the full post here.
7. Jersey Shore:
Atlantic City is such an iconic destination that we didn’t want to miss visiting there while living on the East Coast. We loved its eccentric boardwalk but also loved the surrounding area of gorgeous beach house architecture and its neighboring beaches. Truly, I’ll love any place I can get a funnel cake on demand. It was such a fun trip! (Find the full post here.
8. Pittsburgh, PA
With Philly, NYC and DC so close in proximity, I feel like Pittsburgh gets swept under the rug, but it is truly one of my all-time favorite cities! It is stunning with its waterways and iconic bridges and is full of cool neighborhoods, museums, restaurants and gorgeous views for days! Find our full blog post here.
Now that I look at this post from one of my first-ever trips to NYC, I have to laugh at what I thought were the best parts about the city. After living there your perspective changes so much and someday I hope to write a more comprehensive post about where to go/do/eat in what neighborhoods (you can always message me if you have questions!), but for now, this post is a fun peek into one of our trips. Also, yes! You can totally road trip there; we did it all the time while living in PA. You just park you car at a garage near where you stay and leave it there until you leave. You won’t need it once you’re there! Find our post here.
That’s it! Now you’ve got nine road trips to get planning! Be sure to pack good snacks and send us pics!