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5 road trips that are perfect for family bonding
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Summer is the perfect time to hit the open road and see the unusual sights the U.S. has to offer.

While family road trips are often fodder for cheap jokes about families in movies, they are a great time for brothers and sisters to grow closer and reconnect with parents after a busy school year.

Family trips are where memories that bind families together for years are made, Susan Krauss Whitbourne wrote for Psychology Today.

According to Travel + Leisures Rebecca Hiscott, these are Americas best road trips you and your family should take. Granted they dont end at a theme park, but they do cover some of the most beautiful scenery the U.S. has to offer.

Pacific Coast Highway, California: This trip keeps the beach in sight at all times as you curve along Californias beautiful coastline. Bonus points for the magical fog that rolls into the area in the morning.

Route 12, Utah: This trip will wind you through the beautiful red rocks of southern Utah and even through Bryce Canyon National Park. Combine these different views with the funky towns you pass through, and the whole family is sure to enjoy it.

U.S. Route 9, New York: You can drive all the way from Delaware to Canada on this road, but the New York stretch of it is unique. The farms in the area keep roadside stands and farmers markets well stocked with delicious treats, and the historical nature of the area means you see some interesting homes.

San Juan Skyway, Colorado: This area was once known for its silver and gold mines, but now the views alone earn it the name Million Dollar Highway.

Texas Hill Country Bluebonnet Tour: Try driving through rural Texas to see the beautiful bluebonnets and wildflowers that thrive in the area. Its a colorful site that will keep your familys eyes glued to the windows.

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