Remember packing up that wood paneled station wagon and taking a long road trip cross country with your family? Well that is what we do here only we record it and share it with you.
We hope you create many happy family memories on your own road trips.
– Steve, Lisa, Amber and Brooke Griswold
The Tonight Show staring Jimmy Fallon goes on “Vacation”
We are back from our road trip to the Universal Orlando Resort and The filming of The Tonight Show! We took a nine hour road trip to The Tonight Show so Jimmy Fallon and crew could experience a road trip of their own in the Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
Be sure to read our Tonight Show blog post and also watch The Tonight Show Orlando Vacation Cold Open.
Zombie’s Help You Lose Weight In Perry GA
We love to find cool events, tourist attractions, and hotels and festivals that you can road trip too with your friends or family. If you are looking for the coolest 5k run EVER, this is it. We ran (walked) the Zombie Run in Perry GA. It’s the most amazing place to have a 5K that I have ever seen. Check it out.
Walley World – Sorry Folks I cry like a baby
We drove TEN days across America to the spots in the National Lampoons Vacation Movie in our Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Our final stop on our road trip was at “Walley World” to ride the Colossus wooden roller coaster one last time. Then it catches on fire just two weeks later after it closes. Here are the final moments on our Griswold family Road Trip.
The Grand Canyon – El Tovar Lodge Cash Grab
On this Griswold Vacation Road Trip we stop at the Grand Canyon at the El Tovar Lodge just like in the National Lampoons Vacation Movie. We then drive over to Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In on Historic Route 66 and get a little ice cream while meeting everyone in this small town that inspired Pixar to create the Cars Films and Radiator Springs. We then took the most amazing drive on our 3,000 mile trip across America on Route 66 to CA. Yea it was a little scary being the only car for hours out in the desert with nothing around, but we saw some of the most amazing views and the inspiration for the Pixar Cars movie.
Truckster Fire – Yeah my wife filmed it
It was going to happen, but I was hopeful that the truckster would only break down once during our 10 day road trip across America.
We head to Santa Rosa New Mexico and also the Wigwam Motel #6 in this episode on our Griswold Family Vacation.
72 oz Steak – I take on the challenge and don’t barf
We are off to Amarillo Texas to our next Griswold Vacation road trip stop, the Big Texan. We spent the night at the Big Texan Hotel and had an amazing steak dinner. We also did the 72 oz steak eating challenge. This was one of the highlights of our ten day trip across America. Bobby and his team at the Big Texan are the friendliest folks you are ever gong to meet and we were instantly part of their family. If you are traveling across Route 66 this is a must do! Say Hi to Bobby and the folks for us.
The Big Texas Steak Ranch: http://www.bigtexan.com
Cadillac Ranch – We tagged these cars
We head from Pop’s Soda Stand on Route 66 on our last episode to Amarillo Texas to express our creative side at the Cadillac Ranch. Yes you get to spray paint Cadillacs. We also met up with our friends from ICN and CCTV to help with their Explore America Route 66 Television series.
Road Trip – Elvis, has us over to his place
The Real Life Griswolds road trip from Atlanta GA to Los Angeles CA to Wally World. On this journey we stop in Memphis TN at the Madison Hotel, Tour Elvis’ mansion at Graceland and head to Oklahoma City, Arcadia to POPS soda shop. We also take in some fun road side attractions along the way.
Because everyone wants to hear my kids sing
We want to find and discover those unique roadside attractions and this episode of Griswold Family Vacations I hope does not disappoint. We packed up the Truckster in Atlanta GA only to have to unpack everything and take the Yukon as we headed up to Chicago IL during one of the worst winters in history. I of course slipped on ice at our overnight hotel stop and smashed my face up really good, but after two days of travel we made it.
I don’t want to give away this episodes unique attraction, but will say it’s 20 feet below street level hidden under a funeral parlor. It is a family friendly attraction, yet odd, and our kids and us loved every minute we spent there.
A Griswold Road Trip TIP
If you are looking for a new family road trip adventure this summer, try a cruise! We took the truckster down to Miami Florida to check out Disney’s newly re-imagined Magic Cruise Ship. The highlight is the new water attractions and the Aqua Dunk.
Sydney, Australia – Cute Kangaroos & Sleepy Koalas, What More Do You Need?
You can’t go all the way to Australia and not see the amazing variety of animals. The kids wanted to see Koalas and finding Koalas in the bush is not easy, but just 45 minutes outside of Sydney is the Featherdale Wildlife Park. I even got to feed Kangaroos for just a buck and pet a Koala, now that’s cool.
Hidden Gem – Doughboys in Melbourne, Australia
Our first travel tip is don’t go hungry and this hidden gem is a little known off the beaten path pop-up donut shop. It is called Doughboys and they are located in Victoria Market. They are a “pop-up” so they can move from time to time and only there dedicated fans, and you, will know where to find them when you are in Melbourne at 456 Queen Street but always follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doughboysdoughnutsmelbourne so you know where they are at.
These are no ordinary donuts. Each one is hand made right there by Walter and Brook as you wait and it’s a joy to watch them craft all these unique flavor combinations.
Baby Cakes Review at Downtown Disney
Before the Truckster we were doing fun reviews, mostly at Disney World. Here is one of our first reviews of the Baby Cakes Bakery that opened at Downtown Disney.
Lisa Griswold interviews Pepe from The Muppets
Lisa and I had the pleasure of meeting Pepe from The Muppets while on the Disney Fantasy, Disney’s newest cruise ship. This interview makes me laugh every time I watch it. And if you have not tried the Muppet interactive game that you can play on the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream cruise ship, it’s a must do.
Griswold Family Vacation – Walt Disney World
We took a family vacation to Walt Disney World in our new Griswold Family Truckster. Disney filmed this awesome piece. Here is the video.
Come Road Trip with us…
We have logged many miles road tripping across this great nation of ours and also have packed up the family and have traveled overseas and on many cruise vacations.
Come along with us as we pack up the Griswold Family Truckster and road trip to our favorite Disney Destinations in this very special Griswold Family Vacations – Disney Edition!
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