When a teen first gets their driving license a sense of freedom washes over them. We’ve all experienced it, it’s like the entire world has opened up for us to explore. While that feeling is hard to dispel, it’s not always the best idea for teens to go out on their own. However, they can drive with family members to explore outside of the towns they’ve spent most of their lives in so far. Teen road trip destinations are great alternatives to a full on road trip. These destinations offer teens a chance to hit the open road with family and experience their new found sense of freedom.
Pick one or more teen road trip destinations and let your teen take the wheel as they travel through new experiences and sights across the country.
As far as road trips go, Route 66 is possibly the most historic road trip anyone can take. Not only is the trip filled with amazing and curious stops along the way, it’s also a learning opportunity. There is no need to travel the full length of Route 66 but also, why not? There are plenty of roadside attractions along the route that will offer great photo opportunities. While you may not be able to travel the entire route, it’s the southwest portion that gets the most praise. So make sure you don’t miss this portion of the route.
Pacific Coast Highway
Another famous road to travel is the Pacific Coast Highway. This highway stretches the length of California and mostly along the coastline. While you can pick any stretch of the highway as a short road trip, it’s the middle part you won’t want to miss. Mountains, oceans, artsy towns and more all along the route make it a perfect place to explore from behind the wheel.
Don’t let the name of this highway scare you away from the experience. Road trips are not just about the destinations, it’s about how we get there. The Loneliest Highway really lets travelers bond as they’re surrounded by absolutely nothing. The only things you’ll find on this stretch of Highway 50 are gas stations and the occasional cafe inside the gas stations. However, you won’t regret finding a spot to just park, lay back and watch for shooting stars.
The Presidio in San Francisco
The Presidio was once an Army base right at the gateway to the Bay. Now, the Presidio is home to the Walt Disney Family Museum, a giant field for picnics and fun, the Letterman Digital Arts Center and so much more. Not only is the drive to the Presidio amazing, but once you arrive, the views are stunning. The best view is of the Golden Gate Bridge that sets the background scene of the Presidio in amazing ways.
Half Moon Bay
If you’re looking for a road trip that shows you the many different versions of coastline in California then head to Half Moon Bay. Highway 1 will take you all the way to Half Moon Bay from Southern California and is one of the best options. Once you arrive, there are beaches, restaurants, and so much more to this little town on the coast.
Which of these teen road trip destinations is first on your list?