Make Your 2020 Summer Memorable With These Midwestern Road Trips
Summer 2020 plans have drastically changed with the onset of COVID-19, and many families have traded in their plane and amusement park tickets for more socially distanced activities. However, family exploration can still happen at a safe distance, and many are opting for road trips to outdoor destinations.
A few of our team members – Kayla, Emma, Tria, Amy and Tracy – pulled together some of their favorite midwestern travel destinations, that will be a safe, outdoor alternative to any original vacation plans made. No long flights required!
For all road trips, we always recommend keeping a pack of antibacterial wipes on hand throughout the trip. Also, an emergency car kit is always advisable to have on in the car, especially as you hit the road for a longer excursion.
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Approximately 3 hours from Kansas City, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska is Kayla’s top pick for an easy getaway with her two and six-year-old. It’s perfect for both parents and kids of all ages and ranked one of the top zoos in the United States. It’s worth putting on your list! The spacious zoo allows personal coolers, so don’t forget to pack yours and bring it with you to enjoy while you’re exploring the zoo!
Kansas Flint Hills
Our very own Kansas girl, Emma, highly recommends the scenic and spacious Flint Hills of Kansas, a mere 2-hour drive from Kansas City (easy day trip)! Stretching from Kansas to Oklahoma, the Flint Hills offer hiking and history throughout. Be sure to plan your trip in advance for weather, as the Flint Hills are more exposed to sun, wind and weather elements that could catch you off guard. Our recommendation is to always pack a good pair of sunglasses and a thermal drink container to keep beverages cold in summer months!
Starved Rock State Park
Camping, boating, hiking, fishing and more – Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County, Illinois, is a nature-filled long weekend that is reachable by car in ~7 hours from the Kansas City area. Tria and her husband, who love a new outdoor adventure, have this state park on their list of scenic spots. If you’re planning a hike during your visit, you’ll want an easy-to-pack backpack and a waterproof Bluetooth speaker for some tunes along your route.
If a large lake and cooler summer nights are calling your name, you’ll want to pack the car and head to Kenosha, Wisconsin for a weekend full of lounging, biking and lots of cheese. While visiting her family on occasion, Amy has this destination on her list of must-dos while in the state. Located just north of Chicago and on Lake Michigan, Kenosha offers a vintage feel that takes the rush out of your vacation. For a longer road trip, we’d recommend getting a phone car mount for directions and a good backseat game to entertain the kids.
One of the more popular destinations this summer is sure to be anywhere in Colorado! Tracy’s top pick to take her older kids is Boulder, as the hiking and outdoor shopping is an interest to everyone in the family. Boulder has beautiful hiking, camping, biking, kayaking and more – Along with a unique downtown to explore, which will truly make you feel like you’re on vacation! Make sure you’re packed for all scenarios with a durable duffle bag and phone charger, as you won’t want to run out of battery while you’re exploring and taking photos.
Wherever your summer travels take you, remember that some of the best memories are made with spontaneous plans. Enjoy the quality time with family and stay safe!