5 Coastal Drives to Enjoy on World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a yearly observation that honors the oceans of the world, while celebrating the products the ocean provides (think seafood, and marine life for aquariums, pets, and more), the sea lines it provides for international trade, as well as taking the time to appreciate its natural value and beauty.

On June 8, hit the road in celebration of World Oceans Day and enjoy some of the most scenic ocean drives in the country.

1) California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

One of the most famous coastal drives, California’s Highway One is the ultimate way to explore the beauty of the Pacific coastline. Head from San Francisco to LA, weaving your way through natural gems like Big Sur, the many surf towns, and breathtaking views. Don’t miss Pismo Beach!

2) Scenic Highway 30A, Florida.

Trailing nearly 30-miles along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County, the Scenic Highway 30A is an excellent route for beautiful sights and time by the ocean. Enjoy white sand beaches and beautiful coastal dune lakes. Don’t miss Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, or The Beaches of South Walton! 

3) Cape May County Ocean Drive, New Jersey.

The road from Cape May to Strathmere on the New Jersey Coast is known as the Cape May Ocean Drive. It passes through barrier islands off the Jersey shore, and offers plenty of beautiful coastal views in addition to opportunities to stop and enjoy the ocean.

4) US 1, Florida Keys.

An All American road encompassing one of the most scenic seaside routes, the US 1 runs between the beach and Interstate 95 along Florida’s east coast. Enjoy over 2,300-miles of highway stretching between Fort Kent, ME, and Key West, FL, as well as all the neon signs, shops, motels, and incredible views along the way.

5) Highway 101, Oregon.

With over 360-miles of coastline road, Oregon’s Highway 101 winds down the Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border. It passes through old growth forests, Oswald West State Park, and several iconic bridges, and offers travelers plenty of stunning views, beaches, and more.

On June 8, celebrate World Oceans Day with a road trip to remember, showcasing some of the very best coastal areas in the country. Before you hit the road, don’t forget to make sure you have these 15 essential things in your car!

5 Tips for Traveling with Teens

If you’re planning a vacation for the whole family, there are a few things you can do to ensure a pleasant experience for everyone — even the bigger kids! Traveling with teenagers may seem like a daunting endeavour, but with a little forethought and planning, you could be in for the vacation of a lifetime. Discover our helpful tips for planning a trip with teens.

1) Involve them at the outset.

The simplest way to avoid an eye-roll or an unenthusiastic attitude is to give your teen some input from the very beginning. Discuss destinations, itineraries, and activities with them, and encourage them to do some research on their own. Giving them this sense of ownership will usually result in a more excited traveler. Let your teenaged child plan a day of activities, or choose a few special outings or excursions they’re most interested in.

2) Build in some downtime.

Down time is important for everyone, but it may be especially important to your teen who likes to sleep in, listen to music, or read a book on their own for a little while. Make sure your daily itineraries don’t all begin at 7am — instead, give them some time to relax, recharge, and start the day on their own terms.

3) Don’t force them to (completely) unplug.

It seems everywhere you go today you can find WiFi service. Encourage your teenagers to take advantage of a break from their phones and other gadgets, but don’t take them away completely. Let them snap a few photos, or peruse the internet from time to time (especially when surfing involves learning more about your destination!).

4) Give a little.

Family vacation can be a great time to give your teens a little freedom. Give them the chance to stay behind on an outing or two, and if you’re comfortable with it, let them explore a little. Doing a little navigating on their own, and discovering a few sights on their own, may be just what they need to enjoy the family trip to the fullest.

5) Be flexible.

If gathering input and ideas from your teens at the outset wasn’t much of a success, be open-minded to their suggestions along the way. When you’re out exploring together, or in your rooms scouring local guides and brochures, say “yes” to a few of the activities and attractions they come across and are eager to explore.

Looking for budget-friendly accommodations for your next family vacation? Let the whole family unwind with a stay at one of our many extended stay properties in the US, offering kitchens, a dining area, a large flat panel TV with premium channels, and high speed Internet access.