Archive for the ‘Road Trips’ Category

May 10, 2011 @ 3:50 pm
posted by Mego Rider

Today we move north to the beautiful state of Oregon! A sleepy little state, known mostly because of Portland, Oregon is an amazing place to explore nature.

Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake National Park, Roger Meyer via Flickr

Oregon Caves
Oregon Caves, Lorax Vancouver via Flickr

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Lewis and Clark National Park, Michael Cornelius via Flickr

Nez Perce National Historical Park
Nez Perce National Park, Stephen A. Wolfe via Flickr

Oregon is lite on National Parks, but has plenty of other beautiful places to enjoy nature. Here are a few images from the coast of Oregon…

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Oregon Sunset, Daniel Powell via Flickr

Oregon Coast, Brookings Oregon
Brookings Coast, Joseph Hunkins via Flickr

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Oregon Coast, Dan Dzurisin via Flickr

Hope you enjoyed this tiny look into Oregon’s beautiful parks and beaches!

For more information, visit the website for Oregon National Parks.

May 9, 2011 @ 5:51 pm
posted by Mego Rider

An article on CNN linked to a gallery of images that had me itching to plan our next road trip. So I thought I would share a few images that I found online this week from a few famous national parks. So load up your car with a tent and cooler, and let’s get on the road!

First up, a few images from California National Parks. I have to admit, I’ve been to none of these, but they are on my bucket list.

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, by K. Moore, via Flickr

Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Joshua Tree National Park, by Xavier de Jaureguiberry, via Flickr

Redwood Majesty

Redwood National Park, by MizzD, via Flickr

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, by James W Berk, via Flickr

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Muir Woods National Park, by Wright Reading, via Flickr

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon, by Satosphere, via Flickr

Hope you enjoyed!

For a full list of California national parks, visit the National Park Service website.

August 23, 2010 @ 6:00 am
posted by Mego Rider

Running out of gas is one of those things that we all hope as drivers we’re never going to do. But, no driver is perfect. There comes a time where drivers decide to push it to the next gas station on a road trip, leave home in a rush only to discover the last driver left the tank low, or in some cases, even find that the gas gauge was deceiving. The gas light is never a welcome sign as no matter what the reason.

So what do you do when the unthinkable happens and you find yourself stranded on the side of the road after running out of gas? Don’t bang your head on the steering wheel in frustration…follow these steps instead. Read more

July 27, 2010 @ 5:09 am
posted by Mego Rider

Anyone who has pets knows that they are furry family members. They are rewarded, disciplined and loved almost as if they were children in the average American household. But for some reason, when preparing for a long car trip, not everyone remembers to ensure they have everything to secure their pet’s safety and enjoyment during their long car rides. It’s not that their pet’s comfort isn’t a priority; it’s just that they’re not always thought of as having similar needs that humans do while traveling.

We already talked about planning for road trips with your pet. When you’re taking a road trip your pets need to be provided for, too. Here are some basic essentials to make sure you’ve got for your favorite furry friends:

  1. Food and water – food is a given, but you might only worry about picking up water for your pet when you hit a pit stop. It’s a fine idea until you break down, and with hot summer weather, your pet needs to keep as hydrated as you do. A jug of water for an emergency and a bowl for your dog(s) to drink from are both essential.
  2. Vet records– any time you’re away from your local vet and easy access to your pet’s records, you should take proof of vaccination with you.  There are a number of reasons to have these handy including crossing the border into another country, your pet coming into contact with other animals, or the decision to board them along the way. Your travel plans could be seriously compromised if you don’t have those records when you need them.
  3. Car harness or restraining system – you take the time to ensure that your human family is buckled up; the same rule should apply to your pets. A harness or restraining system ensures that your dog is secure in an accident and it also stops them from wandering around the car and distracting the driver. Pet travel center has a few options of dog seatbelts and harnesses for you to choose from. 

There are more things that you can do to make sure your dog is happy and safe during your summer road trip and they can depend upon the personality and the needs of each animal. Here are more  tips that focus on the essentials for each and every dog and will start your summer vacation off right!

Summer is traditionally travel season, and the tradition remains strong even in these days of job losses, housing foreclosures and manufacturing downturns.

The upside to families visiting that favorite vacation spot, be it Grandma and Grandpa’s house or a to-die-for cabana on the Pacific near Mazatlan, is that gas prices remain well below 2008’s astronomical $4 a gallon or more.

These prices, which are also sparking a renewed interest in bigger vehicles (think crew-cab trucks and family-sized SUVs like the Ford Flex reviewed on Roadtripsforfamilies.com), average $2.72, offering hope that the family road trip is not a thing of the past (we weren’t all that fond of staycations anyway, were we?). Read more

July 22, 2010 @ 5:34 am
posted by Mego Rider

Summer is here and now that you’re loading up that SUV and hitting the freeway for your family road trip, planning is surely on your mind. There’s no doubt that you’ve planned entertainment options for your children, mapped out where you’re planning on a pit stop for food, restroom breaks or to let the kids run wild. But while you’ve organized endlessly for your children, have you thought about those furry members of your family and included them in your specific travel planning?

Here are some guidelines for planning out the actual trip with your pet. These tips will make your pet more comfortable and help you avoid unneeded travel complications.

  1. Map out your road trip for a dog-friendly journey – if you’ve never traveled with your dogs before, you might not realize that there are a limited number of hotels that will take them. If you stop overnight during the journey with dogs, you need to plan ahead. You can’t just stop whenever the need to get off the road hits you because the majority of accommodations won’t welcome pets. You might love your car but after a long day in it, the last thing you want to do is crash in it.
  2. Make dog-friendly pit stops – as parents, you’ll plan breaks on a long road trip that allow your children to run wild and get their beans out. Do your dogs have the same luxury? They should! Make a stop at a park during each leg of your journey where they can stretch their legs – a rest station parking lot just isn’t enough. Many stops have pet areas that are gated. Do some research before you travel. PetsWelcome has some great information for hotels, parks, and rest stops.
  3. Know where your dogs are welcome once you reach your destination – you’ve brought them with you, so they deserve a little fun, too! Pick dog-friendly activities regularly, don’t just leave them in the cottage, house or hotel. (Remember some hotels won’t let you leave the dogs unattended too!) If you’re planning a family trip to the beach, look for one where your furry friends are welcome. If you’ve left them where you’re staying for the day, make sure you get them out for some exercise as soon as you’re back. You may be on vacation, but your pets still have needs!

Following these guidelines will make for a happier pet but you’ll also avoid undue vacation stress. Start your journey off smoothly, and the trip is sure to continue on the same note!

Need more ideas? Visit Bestfriends.org to download some ideas for fun activities to do with your pet. Or leave us a comment with your best idea for traveling with your pet!

July 20, 2010 @ 7:19 am
posted by Mego Rider

Parents out there are likely counting down the days until the family vacation. As you prepare for your road trip, you might be worried about making the journey with small children. If you’re taking a long drive, keeping young kids entertained for hours is no easy task.  If you have your car equipped with a great DVD system, you’ve got built-in entertainment.

Pioneer is a great electronics company that has a few options available for car DVD systems on any budget. Families with small children often have two main concerns when making a major purchase: cost and kid-friendliness.  We picked a couple of Pioneer’s options that get great marks in those areas and the Pioneer folks were kind enough to send us a few details. Read more

CarHelp.com is sponsoring a 47-day road trip featuring the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Pacific Northwest. Check out Sheri talking about her trip on Fox 13 in Seattle yesterday!

 
Want to find out more about the road trip? Visit RoadTripsforFamilies.com

Keeping your car organized can be essential in ensuring your travel plans go smoothly. Whether going for a quick drive or long journey, Berry Ross – Hertz Super Agent – makes car organization easy with the following tips: Read more

July 4, 2010 @ 8:37 am
posted by Mego Rider

On July 1, Roadtripforfamilies.com editor Sheri Wallace and her family took off for a 35-day ‘Rockies or Bust’ road trip celebrating the Top 10 Scenic Drives of the Pacific Northwest sponsored by CarHelp.com. Roadtripsforfamilies.com is an online magazine covering family travel from the road trip perspective. The Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies includes some of North America’s most scenic mountains, lakes, charming towns, and historic places. The drives connect 19 spectacular National Parks, Monuments, and Recreation Areas via nationally designated Scenic Byways and National Historic Trails. Read more