The Ultimate Family Road Trip Guide

Say “no” to planes and trains and “yes” to the automobile for your 2021 family vacations with our Ultimate Family Road Trip Guide, sponsored by Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers. Check back here all year long for new content every month — from road trip destination guides, road trip survival tips, road trip planning help and more.

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Top Family Road Trip Destinations

What’s better than a new 2021 Ford SUV? Packing it up for a weekend getaway or family road trip! There are so many places to go — near and far, so it can be hard to choose, but we’re here to help. We’ve got some suggestions for the best places for family fun and recreation here in southeast Michigan and beyond.

In winter, why not embrace the elements instead of counting down the days until spring? The best way to do that is to take a trip to hit the slopes and plan a skiing and snowboarding weekend trip. It’s the perfect way to blow off steam for kids who’ve been cooped up inside for the winter, and a great way to shake up your indoor exercise routine and get some fresh air with a winter workout.

Want to do something more cerebral? Plan a trip to one of the best museums in America. We asked our friends at local gems the Detroit Institute of Arts and The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation for their picks for museums worth a visit outside of the Mitten State. Their eight great museum picks, from The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. to the nearby Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, offer a win-win of being both fun AND educational family destinations.

Looking for a longer trip to a dandy town not too far from Detroit? Type Lake Geneva, Wisconsin or good ol’ Traverse City into your 2021 Ford Expedition Navigation System for a Midwest road trip the whole family will love. Get suggestions for 15 more Midwest destinations who are committed to COVID-19 safety for their visitors.

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Family Destinations for Skiing and Snowboarding in Michigan

For your next family winter getaway, spend day or two skiing and snowboarding in Michigan at some of these snowy fun locations open for the 2020-21 season.

Socially-Distant Midwest Destinations to Visit with Your Family

Take a social distancing-friendly road trip to one of these great Midwest destinations including Traverse City, Hocking Hills and St. Louis.

Best Museums in America That Every Child Should Visit

If traveling is in the future for your family, consider making some plans around these incredible institutions.
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Road Trip Survival Tips

With road trips, getting there should be at least half the fun. But it isn’t always. Not with kids who are asking “are we there yet?” or who want to stop every hour for a bio-break.

If you plan ahead, though, you can ensure that your family not only survives the longest road trip, but delights in it.

For starters, it’s important to be mindful of some road trip safety guidelines. After all, the quickest way to ruin any road trip is a breakdown or an accident. Get tips — like taking your car to a Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers service department — to ensure you stay on course and get to your destination on time.

Another way to cut down on your travel time is to cut out the constant pit stops for food. Get some road trip snack recipes that are a heck of a lot healthier than drive-thru and gas station junk.

Pass the time with some classic road trip games or crank up some fun road trip tunes on your Ford’s primo Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Be prepared with some fun to pass the time and make some memories and your road trip won’t just be about where you’re headed but the time your family spent together getting there.

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Safe Summer Road Trip Tips for Your Family Vacation

Ready to pack up the kids and car and get out of town? Brush up on advice on avoiding distractions and driving safely to ensure a safe summer road trip.

10 Yummy DIY Road Trip Snack Recipes

Skip the trip to Burger King on your next road trip and keep the kids satiated and happy with these delicious DIY road trip snacks.

Looking for a new set of wheels for your Ultimate Family Road Trip this year?

Check out Ford’s fleet of Ultimate Family Road Trip SUVs – Explorer, Escape, Edge and Expedition. With features like Tri-Zone Climate Control, Cargo Management System, your family will be cool and comfortable for road trips near and far this summer.