plan summer road trip with Fodors

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Are you ready to hit the road this summer? Ever since I was a child, we have been taking family road trips every summer. We would leave Dallas and head West, covering 10 states in 10 days. It’s still one of my favorite memories.

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Plan a Road Trip Out West

Now, way back then we didn’t have Google. There was no internet to search. We simply relied on maps and books, such as Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West. In fact, for 80 years Fodor’s has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice. Today, in addition to their travel guides, is also a great resource when planning a family road trip.

National Parks of the West

Fodor’s National Park Road Trip Itineraries, found on, include the most road-trip worthy adventures to parks across various states. And that’s not all you’ll find – National Parks 101 tells you everything you need to know about planning a trip to the national parks, including booking, budgeting and packing tips; and National Parks Finder helps you find and compare national parks based on activity, region or season. When you use these tools with Fodor’s National Parks of the West, on sale May 10, which includes completely updated coverage of the best sites, dining, and lodging in and around each park, you’re sure to have the best summer trip yet.

plan summer road trip with Fodors

Paired with a great audiobook from the Penguin Random House Listening Library, such as a charmingly, quirky tale for your middle grader like Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish, a brain-teasing mystery like Chris Grabenstein’s Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, or Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild read by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

It’s a great way to check a few books off your summer reading list while you travel. Plus, the kids love listening to their favorite stories as they watch the fabulous view out the window pass by.

Now where are you planning on road trippin’ this summer?

We always went to the same parks because it was easy to just drive the same route. We went to Carlsbad’s Caverns, White Sands National Monument, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. Although I loved each and every one, it would have been amazing to visit more National Parks.

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