Summer Road Trips for Everyone
Nestled in central Vermont, Waterbury is considered the gateway to the mountains of Vermont and is the central location for hiking, skiing, sightseeing, fishing, shopping and much much more. Driving through Waterbury, you will see the rolling hills and four different mountains in the distance. Waterbury has many quaint villages with historic buildings and a restored train station from 1875. You and your kids will also love touring the headquarters of the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury. During the summer, you can visit the Flavor Graveyard and have a picnic outside while you watch cows grazing in a nearby pasture.
Rock City, Georgia
Rock City is perched on a mountain top located just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga. It has massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plants and hiking trails along woodland paths that give you an entirely new perspective of Georgia. As you tour Rock City, you will pass Goblin’s Underpass, Swing-A-Long Bridge and Lover’s Leap, a rock perch where you can see seven states when the sky is clear. At the end of the trail, this child-friendly attraction is home to the Fairlyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village with dozens of fairy tale characters that glow in the dark. As you drive to Rock City, you can make a detour and stop at a cave called Ruby Falls and take a ride on the mountain’s incline railroad.
Prescott is located in Arizona’s Central Mountains, 95 miles from the Grand Canyon and about two hours north of Phoenix. Prescott is one of those towns that has maintained its small town charm and old west authenticity. It is home to the world’s oldest rodeo which runs during the summer and has activities that both adults and children will enjoy. Children will enjoy ridding horses through the Prescott National Forest which has almost 450 miles of scenic trails and is surrounded by mountains and flowing rivers. Whiskey Row’s iconic saloons is also a popular spot for adults.
Memphis is not only home to Elvis’ Graceland Estate, it is the pork barbecue capital of the world and a city with complex cultural and musical history. Take Route 61, the old Blues Highway, and you will encounter a myriad of cultural offerings that can only be found in Memphis. In addition to all the tourist attractions like Graceland, Sun Studios, (where Johnny Cash recorded) and watching the ducks march at the historic Peabody Ducks, you can visit a local Blues club and take your kids for some world famous barbecue at Tops Bar-B-Q where $5 will buy you a delicious dinner plate.
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