The Amenson family takes road trips almost monthly. On one memorable road trip in April, the family of four were driving from their hometown in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Utah. They were about three hours from home when they heard about a snowstorm in Colorado on the route they planned to travel.
“We just had to go with the flow,” Shayna Amenson said in an interview with the Deseret News.
Their road trip was delayed by several days, but it was one of Amenson’s favorites.
“The minute we pulled into the mountains (in Colorado) our daughter just looks out the window and says, ‘This is the best ever!’” Amenson said.
She said moments such as that remind her of why she takes her family on road trips.
Amenson and her husband, Marc, are wedding and commercial photographers, and they frequently take their two children, Maverick, 8, and Amelia, 6, on road trips.
For the Amensons, their road trips are to explore, see new sights, meet new people and try new things.
“We feel like life is meant to be explored,” she said. The family has been to 16 different states, and Utah is one they really enjoy.
“We love Utah,” she said, adding that Utah has lots of family friendly activities.
Utah was ranked the No. 1 travel destination in the world for 2016 by Fodor’s Travel, and road trips can be a great way to see the state.
Nanette Hakanson, the travel counselor for the AAA Foothill office, said road trips are great because they are often close to home and great for families.
“There’s just so much beauty and so much entertainment right here in our own backyard that you don’t have to go across the world to see,” she said.