Summer is the classic family vacation time in America. It is the time to cram the vehicle, pack in the gear and snacks, prepare the kids, and pull onto the highway for a family road trip. There are so many things that you can do under the sun this time. Definitely, the pleasure becomes double if you can make extra savings on your trip. Check out these frugal ideas for family road trip this summer:
Take Trips to National Parks
Road trips to park are a common frugal family fun but national parks will give the highest value of your money. You will have a number of entertainment options in these parks like swimming, exploring, camping, hiking, and many more. For example, you can visit the ‘Acadia National Park’ that simultaneously offers superb panorama and ocean access. On the other hand, ‘Shenandoah National Park’, which locates near Washington, D.C., is another great place to chill out. The park is within a day’s drive for millions of Americans.
Opt for Scenic Drives
In spite of increasing gas prices, scenic drives can still be considered as one of the most thrifty family road trips. New Hampshire’s ‘Kancamagus Scenic Byway’ is one of the most suitable places to take such drives. You can just hang out with nature in general in this Byway entwined through the ‘White Mountain National Forest’. It offers you a number of stopovers with chances to hike and experience natural water slides. However, never head out for such family trips without planning beforehand. Make a proper plan and download some travel apps for the trip. It will help you to handle logistics emergencies with ease.
Join Tailgating Events
During summer, it is not very rare to catch up some tailgating events while you are on the way for some inexpensive concerts or for your kids’ sporting competitions. Such parties will offer opportunities for pre-game actions and recipe books galore. By bringing your own food to prepare, you can enjoy these events without spending much. To make the process of food preparation easier, you had better learn some awesome tailgate menus before going to the trip.
Waterfront Park Pavilions
Waterfront park pavilions are sources of unlimited fun and water activities. If you do not have a swimming beach nearby, take your kids to a waterfront park that offers rentable pavilions. Your kids will have as much splash, sand, and sun as they want. You can cut the renting cost half by teaming up with another family. Apart from passing quality family time, you can also use these pavilions for arranging your kid’s birthday party or a family reunion because these places are less costly than hotel rooms are.
The fresh and vibrant summer season sets the atmosphere for a great road trip. Whether you are visiting a tourist attraction or planning for a beach plunge, this season will let you to appreciate the complete scenery. The sunny and bright weather is also favorable for enjoying the trip to the fullest.