I saw Amazing Places to Take Your Kids by Laura Sutherland sitting on an out-of-the-way bookshelf at a school book fair. I picked it up because it was priced so inexpensively and it probably wasn’t something I would have found at my favorite large book seller. What a discovery! This book has helped me plan and shape every single one of our road trips! The chapters are laid out by regions of the United States, perfect for the way in which we travel. On almost every page, there is a different place to visit described succinctly, yet with enough information to decide if it is age-appropriate for your kids. Also, there is a large photograph on every page that the kids love! This is a great tool in getting them involved in the planning process because they can actually see what the options are in that region. Sights in the book include various national parks, museums, theme parks, beaches, and historical places. It really is amazing because it helps you get a feel for what attractions are important to see in an unfamiliar area of the country. It’s also great to use for any of your other travelling throughout the year. If you are going to visit family, flying to a new city for a wedding, or just want to get out of town for a weekend somewhere, this book has great ideas on fantastic places to visit.
We also use this book as a memory-keeper for our trips. We bring it with us on our vacations, and after visiting a site that is described the book, we turn to that page, date it, and everyone in the car signs it. It’s kind of neat that now I have a book with signatures dating back to four years ago, and we will just keep adding to it. I think it will be another great keepsake with which to remember our travels.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this great planning and keepsake idea. If you’re interested, check out the publishers page or Amazon.com to purchase a copy.