August 21, 2017

School’s Out: 5 Books to Plan Family Day Trips + Excursions

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My kids have one more week of school and I’ve been on the prowl for some great summer travel guide books to scour for ideas to keep us busy and out of the house. Here are a five of my favorite travel books to help you plan for both summer day trips and vacations of a few days or more.

  • 10 Best of Everything for Families: I picked up this book earlier in the summer and especially love the traveling to learn section highlighting the ten best coastal cliffs, science museums, factory tours and more. You’ll also find the best of the best by region, including the best farmers markets, regional specialties and parks. It’s a great resource for finding fun and unique family activities.
  • Day Tripping: Your Guide to Educational Family Adventures: With the kids out of school, you may be looking to keep them busy and this is a great resource to have on hand to help create educational adventures for your kids while they are out of school. Not only will you find ideas and checklists, but you’ll also find ways to plan unique day trips, like tours of local television stations and even a fish hatchery.
  • Frommer’s 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up: This is one of my favorite books, if only from an aspirational level. This book briefly outlines 500 places worldwide, sharing best ages and thoughts on why your kids will love particular trips. There are lots of great U.S. places, like the Statue of Liberty and the Everglades, as well as trips abroad, like a visit to Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza.

In fact, KidsLoveTravel.com has put out nearly 20 books, including other guide books, like Kids Love Michigan and Kids Love North Carolina. You’ll also find coloring books, history workbooks and kids pocket guides, which are great learning tools to have on hand during your next road trip.

Do you have any favorite books that you recommend as you plan day trips and family vacations with your kids? I’d love to hear some of your suggestions.

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