“So, where was your favorite place?” It’s everyone’s first question to us when talking about our epic adventure around the USA. It’s almost an impossible question to answer really. There are so many wonderful parts to our country. I’m going to give you our families Top 10, listed in no particular order. Be sure you click on the highlighted city name if you want to read the blog post from the actual time we were in that area.
Jackson Hole is full of beautiful scenery and things to do for families! Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are accessible from here. This tram up the Tetons is popular as well as the local Rodeo and Alpine Slide.
Gulf Shores, AL was quite the surprise. The beach is beautiful and clean with gorgeous sunsets. There are tons of fun family friendly restaurants like this one (The Gulf). There is a lot to keep families busy here! This was one of the kids top picks!
Asheville, NC has been on my list to visit for awhile. There is so much to do here and coming here for the October fall foliage was awesome! There are many beautiful places to hike including this one at Chimney Rock State Park. Gorgeous Great Smoky National Park and the famous Blue Ridge Parkway drive is close as well. I definitely plan to get back here one day soon!
Ahhh… Seattle. We definitely love our big cities and Seattle is just so beautiful in the summer. Isn’t the skyline perfect at sunset from Alki Beach? Don’t forget to take the kids to the Gum Wall at Pikes Place Market and take a ride on the popular Duck Boat tour.
Coeur d’Alene is a beautiful city with lots to do. Hiking and jumping off the rocks at Tubbs Hill was the kids favorite! We are already planning to come back here again this summer!
St. Louis was a fun stop. Not only was seeing the famous Gateway Arch beautiful, but the kids loved going to the City Museum as well! Six Flags is here and nearby Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park was one of our trip favorites too.
Myrtle Beach was the perfect family friendly coastal town! We loved riding our bikes from the KOA here to everything and the boys loved golfing, while us girls hit the outlet mall! We ate breakfast every day at the restaurant on this pier. There are amusement and water parks here, which were closed when we were in town, so there’s even more to experience when you visit Myrtle in the summer.
Quechee is on here because it was one of my absolute favorites. It is such a beautiful area and there are several fun things to do! The kids learned to fly fish and loved watching the glassblowers at Simon Pearce, where we enjoyed a wonderful dinner too! We went to Sugarbush Farms and learned how maple syrup is made and went to King Arthur Flour for some yummy baked goods. I’m getting excited right now, just thinking about this place although it must be very different there right now in the snow!
New Orleans was awesome and full of life and culture. We all loved our first time here to the Big Easy and ate more beignets than we should’ve. Listening to live Zydeco music while bowling at Rock N’Bowl was a blast! Be sure to read the post to see what else kept us busy here!
Zion National Park was one of our very first stops along our cross country journey. I sometimes wonder if the newness of the trip brought so much fondness to this place. I don’t think so though. Zion is stunning and filled with amazing family hikes! We were surprised how gorgeous the state of Utah was and this park in general. I’m glad Utah is easy to get to from Arizona because we will be back!
OK, if you’re counting this is actually #11, so I’m cheating. I had to include New York City because anytime anyone asks my kids where their favorite place was, they all say the Big Apple. It confuses me, even though I’m a big lover of the city myself. I forgot what Times Square and the hustle and bustle looks like through a child’s eyes. Very exciting stuff! So, it wouldn’t be fair to them if I left this hotspot out, even though I wouldn’t necessarily include it for myself. Because if I did, then I’d have to start adding our other amazing cities like Boston, Washington DC and Philadelphia.