Going on family vacations can be an incredible experience — or they can be complete nightmares. Depending on your teens’ temperament, the latter has a chance of becoming the rule rather than the exception. At least, that’s what some complaining parents might have you believe.
After all, neither parents nor the places their parents used to take them seem as exciting as they used to. However, provided you’ve worked to maintain a good relationship with your teens (we all know how difficult teen years can be), there are still fantastic places to visit that will appeal to both age groups.
No matter what interests you and your teens have (and even if they differ considerably), the spring break-friendly road trips on this list are sure to give you ideas for quality vacations together.
Long Beach, California
Of course, this won’t work if you happen to live in Long Beach — or perhaps anywhere in California, for that matter. However, provided you don’t live in the Eureka state, Long Beach can be an incredible getaway that provides rocking, teen-friendly activities.
For example, you could take your teens on a Beach City Food Tour, where the whole family can enjoy trying out the best of the best when it comes to local food. There are also cool places to visit, such as Catalina Island. (You could make an entire day out of that one.)
If your kids like aquariums and exotic sea life, Long Beach also sports the Aquarium of the Pacific. There, you can catch an intimate view of tropical fish, sharks, sea lions, and a whole host of other ocean life.
Heck, you could skip all of that and just hit the beach! There’s a reason “beach” is in the city’s name, after all. If you plan to stay for the whole spring break, you could even take a day and go to Universal Studios Hollywood or Six Flags Magic Mountain.
This is one spring break location that has the potential to be fun, fun, fun till your daddy takes the T-Bird away.
Ah, the land of political bloviating and stuffy halls of power …
One might not think Washington, DC, would be all that great of a spring break getaway, but you’d be wrong if you did. The city is filled with monuments and history that not only provide learning opportunities (hey, learning while on spring break is not a crime) but chances for you and your teens to take photos that are perfect for social media. If learning about history isn’t your teen’s bag, then DC still sports an incredible shopping scene. Who wants to hit the mall when you could peruse all the great stores in Georgetown?
Cape Canaveral, Florida
If you’re a family of science and space buffs, Cape Canaveral is the ideal destination for a spring break road trip. Florida’s Space Coast is the place to be if your kids are interested in the American space program. You could tour the Kennedy Space Center, see a live rocket launch, and then spend the rest of the time on the beach and catching some waves! Don’t forget that there are some delectable seafood places you won’t want to miss on the Cocoa Beach Pier.
San Antonio, Texas
Saddle up, partner, because San Antonio offers some experiences you won’t get anywhere else in the US of A.
San Antonio’s primary site to visit will be the Alamo and other key historic locations in the King William district for most people. However, don’t be deceived into thinking that the sites of old, desperate battles are the city’s only attractions.
San Antonio features some weird stuff. For instance, if you’re into all things dark and macabre, you could visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Then there are nice, scenic areas such as the city’s famous RiverWalk, which has been featured in films like 1984’s Cloak and Dagger and 2000’s Miss Congeniality.
Park City, Utah
If your family enjoys the mountains, hiking, camping, and mountain biking, Park City is the crème de la crème.
Even if you have almost zero experience when it comes to hiking in the mountains, you can go on a guided tour, go mountain ziplining in Utah Olympic Park, or rent a luxurious cabin with all the modern amenities and breathtaking views.
If you’re the type of family that’s a bit more back to nature, you can find places to really go camping and hiking, like Utah Olympic Park’s trails. There are even dedicated, separate trails for hikers and mountain bikers alike!
There are so many other unique destinations that you could take your teens to while on spring break. Remember that no matter where you choose to go when making a road trip, it’s a financial and time commitment.
Recall that your teens aren’t adults yet, and one of the best things you can do while you’ve still got them under your wing is to show them good things about the country they call home. Every single one of the U.S.’s 50 states has locations that are worth the time to take in and enjoy.
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