Beach scene of the outer banks

After months of frigid temperatures, indoor activities, and cooped-up kids, the doors have swung open and a Spring adventure is finally calling.

Now’s the time to get your family out of the house and onto the road. It’s about breathing some fresh air, changing up your surroundings, and giving your kids memories they’ll look back on for the rest of their lives.

First step? Rent a 15-passenger van. Obviously.

Next step? Make a plan.

There are lots of trip-worthy family destinations within a 10-hour drive from Philly. The toughest part of planning might just be picking the one that’s right for your crew.

Here are some ideas:

Niagara Falls with blue sky and clouds in background

Niagara Falls, NY

6-7 hours from Philly


If it’s wonder-of-the-world-style majesty you’re after, look no further than Niagara Falls.

The American side—the first state park in the U.S.—offers plenty pristine nature and tourist-y goodness.

You can hop on a Maid of the Mist tour for a closer look at the Falls themselves, or check out a Cave of the Winds tour and explore the tunnel that leads out to the base of the Bridal Veils Falls—where you can actually walk through the Falls and dip your hands in for a drink.

Either way, prepare to get soaked.

Looking for something a bit more upbeat? Try the Canadian side.

Adventure parks, zip-lining, wax museums—you’ll find enough to keep the family busy for days. And you’ll do it all with a sweeping panoramic view of the entire Falls.

So have no fear.


Myrtle Beach, SC

9 hours from Philly

Looking for an alternative to the Jersey Shore? Try Myrtle Beach, with 60 miles of knockout coastline that spans 14 distinct communities.

With Spring in the air, you’ll have no trouble finding things to do for the whole family. Choose from 1,800 restaurants, 50 mini-golf courses, and several live theaters. And if you’re feeling brave, take a ride on the East Coast’s only 200-foot SkyWheel.

From the boardwalk to the shops to the waterparks, there’s no shortage of fun to be had—whether you’re into a slow-paced, relaxing time or hoping for a full-blown adventure.

Two horses grazing on the beach

Outer Banks, NC

7-8 hours from Philly

Over 100 miles of quiet coastline. Seaside towns. Wild horses. If you and the fam need to unplug, do it here.

The Outer Banks are big on Southern charm and light on the carnival-like atmosphere you’ll find at most other beach communities.

Sure, you can find festivals and fireworks. But you can also find secluded beaches, picnic areas, and peaceful nature trails. There’s enough to keep you busy but not enough to harsh your mellow.

The best part? You’re never far from town centers that boast exceptional restaurants, great shopping, and a welcome break from the sun if you’re in need of one.

If your family’s ready to get out of the house and into the warm air, consider a 15-passenger van rental and a road trip to somewhere special. You won’t have to drive far to make some awesome memories.

No matter where you travel, you’re in for a treat. The views, the fresh air—it’s only a van trip away.



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