Plan Ahead Before You Go. Whether visiting a museum, park, or zoo, discount or early-admission tickets can often be purchased ahead of time online. Websites will give you the hours of operation, amenities available either onsite or nearby, handicap accessibility, directions, and parking availability. Additionally, websites will be able to tell you if an exhibit has changed, is not available due to renovations, or if tours are limited to a certain number of people at designated times.
Be Prepared. There are some natural wonders throughout North America. Whether you are going hiking in the mountains, horseback riding through the Grand Canyon or spending the day playing in the ocean, make sure you are well prepared. Buying the appropriate equipment, shoes, and clothing before you leave will make your trip much more enjoyable and probably save you from having to buy these items during your vacation.
Unusual Local Sites. If you are not on a tight schedule, allow extra time to stop at the more unusual local sites. Your kids might be embarrassed today to have their picture taken in front of "The World's Largest Ball of Twine," but 20 years from now, this is what they will remember about your vacation. For a listing of wacky and fun things to see and do in each state, visit www.RoadsideAmerica.com.
Take Turns. If you are traveling in a group or with your family, make sure everyone's preferences are addressed. Children are more agreeable to visit an art museum if they know that you will take them to the amusement park or zoo another day. This is a vacation for everyone, so make sure everyone is happy. Additionally, ask each member of the group or family to plan a day. This allows everyone to feel a part of the decision process.