Welcome to Road Trip 7! As the name implies, we are a family of seven that loves to road trip through the US, visiting state and national parks, and enjoying outdoor adventure activities.
How Our Love of Parks Began
Our love of parks began many years ago when we were just a family of four. At the time we were living in a very urban area of Chicago. While our oldest boys, then ages 1 and 4, spent a considerable amount of time outdoors, at parks or the lakefront, they certainly didn’t spend very much time in nature. That changed once we moved to Indiana. After purchasing a home and spending nearly half a year remodeling much of it ourselves, we were in desperate need of an easy and affordable vacation. We took a short trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We spent the entire time outside, hiking and exploring, enjoying every minute of it. It is fair to say that this trip began our fondness for spending time outdoors as a family, especially in state and national parks.
How Our Love of Road Trips Began
The following year, we set our sights high, a trip to some of our country’s most famous national parks, Sequoia and Yosemite. When planning, we initially considered flying to California and renting a car. But the cost was hardly justifiable. By road tripping, we were able to save money and visit additional parks along the way. A trip that initially had us visiting two parks in a single state, ended up with us road-tripping through 11 states and visiting 10 National Parks. It was then that our love of the cross-country road trip was born. Since that trip, our family has grown and so has the list of parks we’ve visited. This year will mark our seventh major road trip, totaling 37 national parks and countless other national park sites and state parks.
How Our Blog Began
Upon sharing our travels on social media, we began getting requests from friends and family for our road trip itineraries. After a few years of sharing these through email, we decided that a blog might be a better approach. Hence Road Trip 7 was born. Here we share our cross country travels, as well as local excursions around Indiana and throughout the Midwest.
Our most current trip itineraries can be found here. While we are elated that others have requested these, we stress that their main utility is not as itineraries to be followed. Rather, they are most useful as resources for generating ideas for your own road trip. Just because a particular place was visited by someone else doesn’t mean that it’s a place worth your time. We recommend that before you plan any road trip itinerary, you begin by deciding what is essential to your trip. This differs from person to person, or family to family. We discuss some tips for this process in this post and this post. Then as you plan your itinerary, use those criteria to determine which attractions, parks, museums make the cut. Thereby creating what we often refer to as your own essential itinerary.
We would love to hear from you!
We are elated that you found our blog! Feel free to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you. And check out our most current adventures, from local excursions to multi-day road trips, on our Instagram account @roadtripseven.
Ginny, Luke, Luke Jr, Matthew, Joe, Emily & Phoebe