Best Family Road Trips: Ideas for a Great Family Vacation this Summer

Best family road trips - Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Summer is a great time to take the family on a road trip. If you live in Canada or the U.S. there are plenty of great road trips to choose from. Here are some of the best family road trips.

Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is gorgeous in the summer, and a very comfortable temperature. Sunny skies and an ocean breeze make this a perfect relaxed summer drive. Head south on the I5, then get on the Pacific Coast Highway for amazing views. Be sure to stop at a few coastal towns along the way. Tillamook is a tiny town with a very famous place: the Tillamook Cheese Factory. It’s a great stop on a road trip – you can see how Oregon cheese is made and try a bunch of free samples. Newport is a classic coastal city with a relaxed beach town feel and the Historic Bayfront has loads of fish and chip shops.

Be sure to make reservations for accommodations, as even campsites fill up in the summertime.

Wyoming and Montana

Wyoming is an absolutely beautiful state that is home to the famous Yellowstone National Park. Take US Route 89 from Jackson Hole, WY and be on the look out for bald eagles, moose, and bears. Be sure to visit Grand Teton National Park, and then enjoy the view as Route 89 runs along the Teton Range. Keep heading north to Yellowstone National Park. You’ll cross the state line into Gardiner, Montana. If you have time you can head east to the historic battlefield Little Bighorn. Or head west to Washington State and visit the ancient redwood forests.

New Brunswick’s Southern Coast

New Brunswick is stunning in the summer. July and August are really the only months with reliably good weather. The southern coast wraps around the Bay of Fundy and is dotted with picturesque lighthouses and fishing villages. You can watch for whale off the coast, While the beaches are mostly rocky and therefore not the best for sunbathing, the views and the delicious fresh seafood more than makes up for this. Head south on Route 114 and be sure to check out Fundy National Park and visit the Hopewell Rocks where you can see the world’s highest tides. Then visit the town of Shediac for a lobster dinner that will change your life. New Brunswick culture is a unique mix of influences and each town offers its own culinary and cultural adventure. The locals are incredibly friendly, so eat in local restaurants and stop to ask for directions. New Brunswick’s southern coast is easily one of Canada’s best family road trips.