My family just returned from an 11-day road trip through the Rust Belt of the U.S. (Western PA, Ohio, Indiana, Chicago, Kentucky, West Virginia).  We had a fantastic time, got to see a great deal of famous sights in the country, and it had nothing whatsoever to do with Walt Disney World. (Sacrilege!)

[Shameless plug: Trip Report coming soon on]

We’ve long had a desire to take our kids to see the country and all that it has to offer, and have never had the desire to do the exact same trip year after year.  Variety is the spice of life, right?  Not to mention the fact that driving and staying in budget hotels is slightly more wallet-friendly than your average Disney trip.

But when I got back home, I was struck by the number of friends who looked at me like I had antennae growing out of my head when I recounted my trip…”You drove for how long?”  “You took the KIDS with you?”  Etc., etc.

The Great American Road Trip used to be a staple of family life.  Judging from the reactions of my friends, it might be going on life support.  With gas prices skyrocketing over the last few years, and many of us jumping on board the DVC (or other time-share) bandwagon, I thought I’d pose the question here: Is the road trip a thing of the past?  Given our limited vacation time, would you rather go with a known quantity like Disney every year, or do you want some variety in your travels?

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