With summer coming to a close, I’m determined to make the most it. However, the reality of getting out of town for a long weekend can have its drawbacks, which usually takes shape as traffic and boring/stressful hours stuck in the car (in my case with two toddlers). I used to be the kind of person who liked to get up at the crack of dawn and hit the road, not stopping for anything other than essentials like gas and coffee. Since having kids, I’ve found making a stop or two along the way can be a game changer. I definitely struggle finding new places to visit on our drives and that’s why I was super stoked to come across Make My Drive Fun. This interactive map is simple to use and full of unique, one-off places to stop on your car trip that don’t take you too far from your planned route! It’s so fun to explore. I input the starting point and destination to a drive I’ve done probably over 70 times in my life and the map pulled up dozens of spots I had never heard of. Check it out here!
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