When the mere thought of an airport causes you to toss a vacation plan into the trash, think again. Traveling by air usually means putting many miles between home and destination. Often we miss the best adventures waiting in our own back yard.
Think of the "open road", think of simply loading the car with play clothes and snacks and leaving the drive way. Wonderful adventures await, with no security lines between you and the discovery. Think of Chevy Chase family vacations. Draw a circle on the map, with your home in the center. Just yell, "road trip!" and wait for the family to gather. The contest will be spotting what's on the map that you always wanted to see or do and never did.
Beyond the "world's largest ball of twine" or other believe-it-or-not spots, the lakes and countryside, the city museums and every small town with a "Mom's Diner" are worth the drive. Overnights in bed and breakfast inns and small motels are a great way to enjoy the road. Good maps make it easy to drive the by-ways rather than the freeways.
Agree on a code word of high sign as you leave home to call out for the "don't miss" shopping, eating or photo op spot. Make a road trip sign to hold in the Christmas card photo in front of the biggest "whatever". Happy trails.