Back-to-school season will be here before you know it, so make the most of these last hot, sunny days by planning an end of summer road trip. Whether it’s a last-minute weekend excursion to the mountains or an extended day trip to a seaside town, there are many family destinations—within a few hours drive or less of the city—just waiting to be explored. So pack your bags, scroll through the gallery and get ready to plan one last hurrah!

Lake Chelan

If you're looking for a place where you can get in some serious R&R, you’ll love Lake Chelan and the fact that there’s not much to do here except park your rear and relax. If you must get up, nearby wineries are a fun diversion as well as shopping in downtown historic Chelan. The kids will have fun swimming, building sand castles, playing putt putt, driving go karts at Rally Alley and splashing around at Slidewaters, Lake Chelan's awesome water park. And everyone will enjoy a scenic garden tour or boat cruise up the lake.

Stay atCampbell’s ResortWapato Point, Mountain View Lodge & Resort or Lake Chelan Shores for a quintessential laid-back family resort experience. Or grab a few other families and rent a lakefront house.

photo: Kristina Moy

Does your family have a favorite end of summer road trip? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

— Kristina Moy, Allison Ellis, Katie Kavulla & Allison Sutcliffe