Educational Road Trips Don’t Have to be Boring

Throughout the year our jobs, classes, friends, and, really, our lives overall cause a lot of stress for us. Whether it be a co-worker you can’t stand or the general annoyance of having to go back to the grocery store for the 4th time this week, getting away from the things that make us crazy is important for our general well-being.

Historically, one of the most popular ways to do this is the family road trip. Everyone packs into the car and off they go singing songs and playing car games like “I Spy”. However in our attempts to escape our stressors we have created a situation in which we are bound to stress ourselves out, and having the whole family in the car can do that. However, one way to reduce the tensions that being in such closed quarters can cause is to let everybody get out and have their own space.

Touring the countryside with your family can have some real benefits. It can provide the opportunity to bond with each other and create memories that you will never forget. Road trips also give you and your family the chance to experience the different cultures and environments that America has to offer, something that can’t easily be done from a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. This country has a wonderful and unique history, choosing locations that give your family options for relaxation and enjoyment while allowing for the opportunity to learn and grow is important. You might want to pick a destination that combines both things to do, and room to roam.

Devils towerOne such place that fits this description is the Chickasaw Country in South Central Oklahoma. First off, this part of the state has all the activities that would draw someone on vacation; golf, spas, restaurants, performances, etc. In addition to all the leisure activities you love so much, there is also a rich Native American history in Oklahoma as much of the land is former Native American reservation land. There are many museums and opportunities to learn about this culture. One of these places, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is dedicated to the education of visitors on the history and culture of the Chickasaw people. Another positive is that there is ample space for all the outdoorsy activities; mountains for hiking and lakes or rivers for swimming. This could be a great place to blow off some steam and open the eyes of the entire family to what nature has to offer.

Badlands National ParkAnother such place would be the Black Hills and Badlands in South Dakota. While South Dakota probably isn’t your first thought when it comes to vacation destinations, it can provide a naturalistic and historical perspective to your trip. This part of South Dakota has its own Native American history as this was territory that bands of the Sioux nation occupied. In addition to this, two marvels of sculpting can be seen in this area; one being the famous Mt. Rushmore, the other being an over 500 foot statue of Crazy Horse, a once prominent Sioux leader. If you are interested in getting out and seeing the nature this is also a great place for it, because it has two very different environments close to each other. The badlands is plateau in Southern South Dakota where little vegetation grows. Not far from the Badlands is the Black Hills, a mountainous area where vegetation and wildlife thrives.

With all the pressures of day to day life it can become a priority to take the family away for a while and take a much needed break. A great road tripping location should be one that provides enough activities to keep everyone in the family occupied while also presenting your family with opportunities to explore and learn new things.

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