Even though plane tickets are now a fortune, you don't have ditch the thoughts of taking a spring break trip. You don't even have to travel far to widen your child's horizons.
That said, car rides can be a drag for kids. Parents, too. When we road trip as a family, we keep drive time less than six hours at a stretch. Frequent stops-both roadside and overnight-are key. It keeps the fun fresh. And we learn a lot along the way. Another trick? We never backtrack. Instead we drive home a different way than we came. I call it looping-a fantastic way to keep the scenery changing and the adventure unfolding.
So if you are looking to get out of town, here are four fantastic Chicago Loops-trips that loop your travel and double your fun. Because they're road trips, they won't tug the purse strings too much. But they will definitely top your kids' lists. You will never want to fly (direct) again.