Memorial Day Weekend Road Trip Survival Guide

Hooray! The unofficial start to the summer vacation season is finally here, but every silver lining has its cloud. 

The long Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be the busiest we’ve seen in over a decade, according to AAA predictions that 38 million Americans will be traveling over the holiday weekend—the vast majority of us by car. 

Getting away for Memorial Day weekend? Here's how to ace your long-weekend getaway.

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    A road trip can be a great bonding experience, but too much time together cooped up in a car definitely has its challenges. Here are tried-and-tested tips to make car journeys more affordable, less stressful and a lot more fun.

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    Tyler Place Family Resort

    As the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend offers an opportunity to begin the season with a bang. Start your summer off right with a visit to one of these standout destinations.

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    Planning a family road trip with kids? Pinterest is a fantastic place to find clever tips on how to reduce car-trip mess and stress. Here are some of the very best travel hacks we've seen.

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    Americans are spending the unofficial kickoff to summer at America's beaches, according to HomeAway.com, the online vacation rental listing site. Eight of the 10 markets driving the most inquiries for vacation home rentals over the holiday weekend are popular beach towns on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. There's still time to snag a home away from home in these top 10 spots for Memorial Day weekend:

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    Rocking Horse Ranch

    Need last-minute getaway ideas? The vast majority of family getaways are easy and affordable road trips within a day's driving each way. Here's a collection of fantastic escapes within a six-hour drive of major U.S. cities.

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    A ready-to-go arsenal of unplugged, old-school car games can save your family road trip. This collection includes all the classics, including I Spy, 20 Questions, Sound Effects Story, Name Game, Who Am I?, Shush, and more. 

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    Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

     Staring down the barrel of a long car ride with kids? These free printable car and travel games will keep boredom at bay. You'll find all the classics, including License Plate Game, Hangman, Spot the Car, Road Trip Bingo, Tic Tac Toe, Road Sign Scavenger Hunt, and more.

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    Crayola Color Wonder

    The best take-alongs for car trips keep kids entertained without creating too much noise, taking up too much space, or making a mess. Here are 10 winning toys and games sure to keep backseat boredom at bay. 

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     For folks who belong to an auto club for the peace of mind that comes with having roadside assistance, a free app called Honk lets you quickly call a tow truck or mechanic without the annual membership fee.

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    Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    When you need a rental car at a low price, the site to know is AutoSlash. The thing to know about rental car prices is that they rise and fall over time. AutoSlash tracks your car rental price up until you pick up the vehicle. Every time the price falls, you'll get an email asking if you want AutoSlash to change your booking to the lower price.

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    Summer road trip - highway traffic

    Gas prices are down and the economy is improving, which means record numbers of drivers hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend. Increased traffic can lead to a more stressful trip, so pack these driving tips for a safe journey.