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Road Trip Destinations

Lugging three kids in car seats on road trips through the United States may sound difficult. Add the fact that our kids have motion sickness and you may think it is a special kind of hell. The reward, however, far outweighs the challenge of getting there.  Our destinations guide to road trip destinations with kids in the USA highlights the light at the end of the tunnel.

Whether it’s camping on a farm, kicking back on the beach, being in awe of the big city, enjoying our national parks, or focusing on history, travel with kids offers unparalleled educational experience.

Our road trip destinations with kids in the USA focus on culture and nature so we tend to avoid major tourist resorts and Disneyesque adventures.  Instead our goal is to provide immersive educational experiences.

Culture

We want to help the kids recognize that there is rich and diverse culture in the United States.  Sometimes there is as much of a cultural gap between our home “town” of New York City and Huntington, West Virginia as there is between NYC and a place like Abu Dhabi.

Nature

Mother nature has so much to offer, and is an excellent retreat from the energy of the big city.  There is also so much to learn from the vast ecological diversity that can be attained on a short drive from home.

Subway in NYC
New York City, Northeast, Road Trips, Travel Tips

How to take the subway from JFK Airport

Taking the subway from JFK airport to anywhere in New York City is the cheapest and most reliable option. Subways run on a schedule and are not affected as much by weather or traffic. If you are comfortable riding the subway and are OK with walking up and down the stairs to the subway stations, they are really the best way to navigate the city.

For those of you who are not as adventurous, we’ve got you covered with a guide to all of your options.

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New York City, Northeast, Road Trips, Travel Tips

How to take an Uber or Lyft from JFK Airport

Taking an Uber or Lyft from the JFK airport to Manhattan is almost identical to taking a cab. I prefer the Uber/Lyft option because the cars are usually nicer than cabs, I like getting my receipt emailed to me, and I don’t like fumbling around with my wallet when I have all my bags with me. Another nice option about Uber/Lyft is you can pre-arrange a ride including pre-arranging an Uber/Lyft family ride that includes a car seat. Finally, I just kind of like to follow the map on the app.

Of course Uber is not the only option, New York City offers many options for getting from JFK to the city. We cover all of them, but the size of everything here can be overwhelming so we are here to simplify some of the details.

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NYC Taxi
New York City, Northeast, Road Trips, Travel Tips

How to take a taxi from JFK Airport

Taxi is the quickest and easiest way to get from JFK to anywhere in Manhattan. It’s also the most iconic. We cover other options, of course, but enough people come to NYC with a little anxiety about hailing a yellow cab that we felt it deserves a post of its own.

We’ve seen a few other sites with brief instructions, but to ease your stress, this tutorial comes with photos from each terminal.

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entertrainment junction ohio
Midwest, Road Trips

Tips for Visiting EnterTRAINment Junction in Cincinnati, Ohio

Whether you are a West Chester County local family, live a bit further north in Ohio or south into Kentucky, or like us, needed a half-day of kids entertainment while visiting family near Cincinnati, EnterTRAINment Junction is worth the trip! And unlike most amusement adventures, this one is as fun for the adults as it is the kids. We are sharing our tips on ticket discounts, making the most of each exhibit, and where to get food in the neighborhood to refuel after a day of fun.

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As soon as you enter Dia:Beacon with the kids their imaginations start to run wild
New York City, Northeast, Road Trips

Escape the chaos of NYC with a day trip to Dia:Beacon with Kids

Dia:Beacon is a contemporary art museum that rests on the shores of the Hudson River, conveniently located a short drive or train ride north of the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Past the well-manicured lawns and inside the modest building live a collection of impressive installations that stretch the limits of what you may expect to find in an art museum. The abstract nature, as well as the size of the galleries, are precisely what make Dia:Beacon an approachable art museum with kids.

Aside from the art itself, the journey to Dia:Beacon with kids either by road or by train along the Hudson River provides a welcome respite from the horn honking, occasional smells, and breakneck pace of the city.  Skirt along the Harlem and Hudson Rivers, watch the Columbia University crew team row about and gaze at the grace of sailboat gliding by. Upon arrival, the vast well lit galleries covering over three floors provide a great opportunity to simply exhale and engage the imagination.

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