Highway Journey USA – Redeemed Reader
The sensible way to plan a vacation is to decide months in advance where you want to go and how to get there, make reservations, buy tickets, and add them to the calendar.
But life doesn't always go as planned, and sometimes the landscape still has to be changed. Our family wanted to take a trip this summer (now that the youngest is mostly in the potty) and agreed that the southeastern part of the United States was a viable option. But where should we go?
What am I holding? (Exodus 4: 2a)
- I checked my shelves and found three fantastic resources.
- I asked my boys what kind of getaway they enjoy. Our family doesn't like camping or theme parks, and we all agree. Quiet walks, uncrowded beaches, local bookstores and cafes are at the top of our shared list. I like everything literary and a little bit of history and I love to see the landscape change.
- I asked friends on Facebook about their favorite local spots and made a list of their ideas (even better, I received a few hospitality invitations!).
Maybe you had to cancel your summer plans. Maybe you hope that next year will offer new opportunities. Maybe you need ideas for external experiences instead of internal ones.
Maybe you just want to see what our beautiful country has to offer in terms of sightseeing from a home stay. Whatever your "maybe" is, here are three great resources.
By the way, if you're studying American history or geography, these are great resources that you should have on the shelf.
Cheney, Lynn, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Throughout America. Simon and Schuster books for young readers. 2006. 74 pages.
Offers a one- or two-page edition for each state with numerous sights and historical figures. Some are known, others only known to the locals. Very good balance between men and women with different race backgrounds.
Sutherland, Laura. Amazing places to take your kids. International publications. 2007. 320 pages.
Highlights from every state, from state parks to local festivals (you should plan them accordingly). Historic sites, hikes and beaches of children's museums … all of these are popular family destinations. Each page offers photos and detailed descriptions. Select a region, let your children tell you what they like, and use the other two resources to plan a trip around these sights.
United States Atlas, 5th ed. National Geographic Kids. 2017. 176 pages.
What are the geographical features? Which streets should we take from city to city? What are the main industries and economic contributions of each state? Each state is described on a double page with essential facts, a general introduction and an actual map. The book also provides an overview of our nation's physical characteristics, natural environment, natural hazards, population and other facts. Planning a road trip is fun, but you need to know which roads take you from one place to another.
(A 6th edition is available, but I haven't seen it. The 5th edition was made available by the publisher in exchange for an honest review a few years ago.)
Make plans or stay at home? Study history and geography? Let us know!
Also with Redeemed Reader:
(Note that the competition ended seven years ago. But the narrative possibilities for your road trip adventure are great!)
(Of course, you DON'T HAVE to do a road trip to enjoy audio books!)