Father's Day Road Trips
By Kimberly Graf. Published on June 2, 2018
If a road trip sounds like the perfect thing to do with your father this Father's Day, we've got you covered! Here are three short trips that can be undertaken in one day. They are full of adventure and fun, as well as some history thrown in. If your dad likes doing stuff like this, he's going to love to go on any one of these amazing trips.
Boston to Portland
This is a lovely coastal trip that will take you within picture-taking distance of some amazing lighthouses, not to mention other interesting attractions. It will only take you about 3 and a half hours to drive this road, so if you're in the area it's the perfect way to spend Father's Day!
Start in Boston, home of Harvard and a host of older buildings that you're sure to find interesting to look at. There is no shortage of things to do in Boston, and no shortage of refreshments either! From lager to crème pie, Boston really does have it all – and the history to match!
When you're finished in Boston, head to Salem, Massachusetts. The home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, this town is very much fond of that history. You can take any number of tours and even look in on a few museums to learn more about this dark historical event. It's worth spending some time in Salem to soak it in before heading to Manchester-By-The-Sea, which is only 20 minutes away.
You might have heard of this town, because there is a fairly popular movie with the same name. Regardless, it's a great place to catch some waves or stick your toes in the surf, as it's got a lot of remarkable beaches and opportunities for seaside fun.
The next stop is Newburyport, almost 40 minutes away. This seaport has a huge tourist draw for its beach and other maritime attractions, including a museum. You can still store and dock ships here even today. It's a great place to stop and get something to eat, most notably seafood from one of the many restaurants.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire is only half an hour away, and is great for anyone who loves history, especially that of the 17th and 18th centuries. There are many houses and museums devoted to that time period here. In the Strawbery Banke Museum, staff members don costumes and display craftsmanship from that time. It's educational and fun!
Your next stop is Kennebunkport, which is a mouthful! It is 40 minutes away, and here we're going back to beaches and waves. There are a lot of beaches in this area, and so many places to go and get your recreation on! There's a trolley museum that's a pretty fun attraction as well, when you've soaked up all the sun you can get!
When you're finished there, head on to our last stop: Portland, Maine. To get to this location, you've driven through some pretty amazing coastal towns and beautiful landscape. This part of the country is absolutely gorgeous! When you arrive in Portland, check out some of the still-operational fishing wharfs, as well as the Victorina-era Mansions situated in the city's West End. There's so much to do here!
A notable attraction is the Portland Head Light, which is probably one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. You will probably recognize it from all of the pictures! Take a tour of the lighthouse to end your trip.
This trip is a combined total of 3 hours and thirty minutes of drive time. You pass through many states and geological areas here, and there's always something to do at one of the quaint seaside towns along the way!
Wyoming's National Parks
If your dad is an adventurer, why not take this Father's Day as an opportunity to visit some of the more popular National Parks that are scattered throughout Wyoming? It's beautiful countryside to explore, and it's perfect for any dad who loves the outdoors.
We're going to start at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In the winter, this is a great place to come skiing due to all of the ski resorts that it boasts. However, by Father's Day all the snow will be gone. What's left is a quaint area that sits between the Teton Mountains and the Gros Ventre Mountains. This valley is absolutely gorgeous and full of wildlife.
North of Jackson Hole is the Grand Teton National Park. You could spend hours here hiking and enjoying the mountains. The lakes look like glass no matter what time of year it is. You can fish here, as well as do some backcountry camping if that's your thing (or your dad's). Take it all in before heading to our next location, the Colter Bay Village.
It's about 10 miles up the Rockefeller Memorial Parkway to Colter Bay Village. This is a great location for all of your outdoor needs. Stop in and get some food at one of the quaint restaurants here, before heading out for some kayaking or canoeing.
Our final stop is the ever-popular Yellowstone National Park. It's about a half-hour drive from Colter Bay Village. Located in a volcanic area, you can expect to see wolves, elk, and bears here, as well as the great geysers (Old Faithful comes to mine) and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, which is just what it says it is.
This trip might only be about 60 miles in length, but you're going to spend most of the time out of the car anyway! See some of the most coveted sights in the US – and cross Yellowstone off of your bucket list.