Family Travel Question:
Q | Where should we stay along the way from Vermont to Washington, DC?
We are planning a road trip with our two teenage kids from Burlington, Vermont to Washington, DC. Do you have any recommendations for overnight stops along the way? -Tonya, VT
A | Jersey shore beach breaks for summer family fun
The Jersey Shore beach towns of Monmouth and Ocean counties are a short drive from both the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. You’ll find beautiful, clean family friendly beaches, life guards, parking, boardwalks, amusement rides, arcades, mini-golf and lots of fun restaurants.
Pt. Pleasant has wide white sand beaches and a very family oriented boardwalk with waterfront dining and an outdoor restaurant on the beach. The kids will enjoy the various rides and games and the small but well managed aquarium. You need most of a day to enjoy everything it has to offer.
For Bruce Springsteen fans, Asbury Park is making a comeback after many years of neglect and is worth a visit. The nearby Gateway National Seashore at Sandy Hook has several beaches, a bike path, and the historic Fort Hancock. Each Jersey Shore town has its own personality and you’ll find many lodging options from national chains to local B&Bs. You might want to spend two nights so you can really enjoy the beaches.
(An alternative idea that is directly on your route is the city of Philadelphia where you can visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The 9,200 acre Fairmont Park system connects more than 60 neighborhoods throughout the city if the kids need to get outside for a while.)
Photo courtesy Travel with Teens and Tweens