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Family Day Trips: Great Destinations From Major U.S. Cities

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Family Day Trips: Great Destinations From Major U.S. Cities

Sometimes it's fun to get out of town as a family, even if only for a day. If you live near or around any of these top U.S. metropolitan cities, we have you some great family day trips for you! From apple orchards to state parks to living history tours, each of these day trip destinations offers something unique, fun and totally family-friendly! Check out these family day trip ideas:

Family Day Trips From Top U.S. Cities

Day Trips From Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a fantastic Pacific Northwest destination. And there are plenty of amazing day trips from Portland that are stellar as well. Check out this list of spectacular destinations — from kite festivals to beaches. Take a look!

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Day Trips From San Diego

Day trips from San Diego can take you to an entirely different country! Explore this beautiful part of the country day by day!

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Take a day trip from San Diego, and you just may find yourself in a new country!


Day Trips From Boston

Boston is a quintessential New England city with TONS to do! And beyond the City on the Hill, there are even more amazing places to explore. Here are 8 amazing day trips from Boston that families love!

Day trips from Boston
Day trips from Boston


Day Trips From Seattle

If you're looking for great day trips from Seattle, we have you covered. From a Bavarian-inspired village to stunning tulip fields, these are the top 10 destinations within a two-hour drive of Seattle.

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Day Trips From New York City

If you're looking to get out of the bustling Big Apple, check out any of these day trips from New York City — each one magical!

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple with any of these day trips from New York City.

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Day Trips From Austin, TX

Texas is a BIG state with TONS of amazing places to explore. With Austin as your ground zero, you can venture off to many other Texas towns, both large and small. Here are some great day trips from Austin.

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Set Austin as your home base, and enjoy any of these day trip destinations.

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Day Trips From Chicago

Whether you live in the Windy City or are visiting for an extended stay, you may want to escape the busy city life. You're in luck! There are plenty of day trips from Chicago to get your family excited!

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The windy city sure is pretty! And so are the areas you can explore on a day trip from Chicago.

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Day Trips From Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a fantastic destination on its own, but if you live there, you may want to explore surrounding areas if only for a day. Here are some great day trips from Philadelphia.

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Take any of these day trips from Philadelphia for a fun family outing.

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Day Trips From Dallas

While Dallas, TX, is a draw of its own, there are lots of great day trip destinations that are also worthy of a visit. Check out these 9 day trips from Dallas.

9 Day Trips From Dallas

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Day Trips from Charlotte

Whether you live in the Queen City or are just visiting, there is no doubt plenty to keep families busy there. But there is even more excitement in the areas surrounding this fabulous Southern city. Here are 10 great day trips from Charlotte, NC.

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Day Trips from Los Angeles

Whether you live in the City of Angels or are just visiting, exploring the surrounding areas is a must. This round-up of 10 family-friendly day trips from Los Angeles delivers on the fun. Check it out.

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Day Trips From Jacksonville, FL

When you want to get out of town and explore some of the South's most stunning spaces, check out these day trips from Jacksonville. Each is fantastic and there's something for everyone!

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Day trips from Jacksonville graphic


10 Day Trips From Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a lovely city on its own. But there is still so much to explore within a short drive of this wonderful midwestern city. Here are 10 day trips from Indianapolis that families love!

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Day Trips from Nashville, TN

Music City is a big draw on its own, but there is so much to explore within a short drive. Here are 10 great day trips from Nashville, TN.

day trips from Nashville


Day Trips From San Jose

For some quintessential California experiences, check out these 10 day trips from San Jose. From San Francisco to Silicon Valley, each of these options offers family-friendly activities galore!

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