Road trips with the family are usually busy, stressful, and filled with endless picture taking. However, despite all the stress and the struggles to create memories, road trips are, without a doubt, extremely fun and enjoyable for everyone. I remember my autumn road trip from a couple years ago. I was twelve back then and my family from the Philippines came over here to the U.S. to visit us. My mom, grandparents, uncle, little sister, and I decided to go visit the east coast and to just keep driving by and stopping in hotels for the night only to continue to drive again in the morning. Our first stop was the capital of the United States: Washington D.C.
The White House and Capitol building were cool beyond belief (the White House had tall fences around it) but I preferred the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial over it. No joke, both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial were really breathtaking whether it be night or day. They way the water reflected the Washington Monument was beyond beautiful and was definitely worth the long trip. At the end of the day we went back to the hotel and rested until morning the next day.
Next stop was the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania! This might be my favorite. So much chocolate in one area so little time.My uncle, little sister, and I participated in the chocolate testing activity. I think I almost started crying out of happiness.
Actually, no. I take it back. The best place we went to during our road trip was Central Park in New York. Time Square was awesome in all its big screen glory but Central Park really hit it home for me. Since it was fall, the infinite trees had a variety or gold, amber, and ruby leaves adorning them or making a carpet throughout the park. The crisp breeze of a fresh fall day whipped through the air and brought the leaves flying up up and away. It really was the perfect day to be out and about.
But I think despite all the great places we went to, possibly my most memorable memory was actually being in the car. Being the only one willing to do so, I was put in the one back seat surrounded by every single food you could possibly imagine. I even had my own personal bread stock. It was great. That along with the other memory where I learned that coffee was a diuretic and that putting yourself to sleep is the only way to relieve the need to use the potty made an impact too.
All in all, this road trip was enjoyable because everyone let loose and allowed the gallivanting vacation spirit to take over them. My family is coming over again this summer. I’m looking forward to another memorable road trip.