Family Travel USA: State Hopping
The United States of America is a dream destination for many families across the globe. From coast to coast there are fantastic attractions for the whole family to enjoy – beaches, theme parks, natural wonders, wildernesses & bustling cities. There are so many states to explore & a lot of them are full of family friendly activities.
Sadly this dream holiday doesn’t unfold for most of us, purely due to the fact that travelling around America can be so expensive. However, if you do have the means to do a bit of USA state hopping, there are things that you can do to make it a little cheaper. And if you’re travelling as a family? There are plenty of ways to make it a lot more enjoyable for everyone involved. So, if you’ve always had the American travel dream, here’s some tips on how you can live it.
Keeping Stress To A Minimum
Plan Ahead: Flights
Flying is the easiest way to get to the USA. The average flight time from the UK to the US is around 8 hours long. So, the first thing you need to do is choose your time wisely & plan ahead. If you have a young baby, it shouldn’t really matter what time you choose to fly as they’ll most likely sleep for the majority. Ensure you have enough milk for the flight & check out individual airline baby-friendly facilities in advance. With toddlers, there are two options – 1) book a flight that sets off early in the morning. You can tire them out through the flight, but try and keep them awake as long as possible. If they’ve only had a short nap during the flight, it should be so much easier for you to get them to sleep at the correct time in your new timezone. Alternatively, 2) book an overnight flight in the hope that they will sleep as normal once the initial excitement has dissipated.
Plan Ahead: Money
Again, preparation is key. Try & plan your trip & daily expenditure before you go. If you’re travelling to Florida, for example, & plan on hitting the theme parks, purchase your tickets through the web before travelling. Advance tickets cost less. You’ll also find that renting a car & driving between states is often cheaper than paying for internal flights. In terms of free attractions, Washington DC boasts the most with monuments, memorials, shopping districts, the National Zoo and Natural History Museum all having free entry.
The States To Hop
So, with some stress busted, it’s time to think about the states that would best accommodate you and your family. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe where you can see the sights, but take things nice and slow, Georgia is the state for you. If you’re looking for something that might entertain your little ones, you’ve got the Georgia Aquarium, arguably one of the best there is with a beautiful array of marine wildlife. There’s also Coca-Cola world, which is literally a little world about Coca-Cola. If you’re looking for a laid back day, you could hit the Rock City walking trails. It has some of the best views in the world! Then, when it’s time to hit the hay, hotels such as the Savannah Marriott Riverfront could be perfect for you and your family.
Florida is the ultimate destination for families, no matter what age your children are. Plus, it’s a great way for you to let your inner kid out! You must try to visit all of the theme parks before leaving, especially the new Volcano Bay. If you’re looking for a place to stay, one of the Disney themed hotels will drive your kids crazy with excitement, although it might be a bit more on the pricey side.
From Floirida you could take a trip to the big apple, New York, to finish off your state hopping trip. Be warned, it is manic & pretty full on, so only three nights max would be recommended with younger children.
So, your state hopping dream might not be as hard as it seems. One final tip we do have is to make sure you’re booking your flights and hotels separately. You’ll always find a better deal than the big corporate companies are offering as a package!
**Family Travel USA: State Hopping is a collaborative post