There’s a lot of uncertainty about the upcoming school year, and all types of questions are weighing heavily on parents and their children. Will there be school? What will it look like? Do I want my kids to go or not to go? The questions are endless – but so are the opportunities to help your children continue to learn new things in non-traditional ways through roadschooling. Here the classroom takes place in new destinations as families hit the road and incorporate what they experience into the curriculum.
What is roadschooling?
While it might sound daunting, roadschooling is just combining travel and hands-on experiences with state-regulated curriculum. Instead of learning about the American revolution through an online textbook and fill-in-the-blank worksheets, you could learn about it by touring George Washington’s home, or visiting Colonial Williamsburg and seeing firsthand how our country took shape. Or take science class outdoors and visit a nearby National Park. Study the plant life and animals you encounter there rather than looking at diagrams.
We’re all hoping that daily life will return to normal soon. However during this strange time, take this opportunity to hit the open road on a family learning experience that your kids will never forget. Whether you’re considering roadschooling for the entire school year or just a week, this Mid-Atlantic route is a great option for all families.
What should my route be?
Pack up your bags and hit the open road – we’ve created a route with campground stays and educational destinations along the way. Whether you’re considering roadschooling for the entire school year or just a week, this route is a great option for all families.
Stop 1: Frontier Town RV Resort and Campground in Berlin, MD
Step back in time to this frontier-themed Campground and Resort on your first stop to roadschool education. Situated right on the Sinepuxent Bay, Frontier Town is the perfect place for the ultimate family adventure! Enjoy primitive campsites and cozy vacation rentals, plus some awesome amenities to enjoy during “recess” like their mini-golf and lazy river. Plus, it’s within driving distance to some amazing learning opportunities!
George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Take a glimpse into the personal life of one of the founders of our country. The beautiful classical architecture, breeze off the Potomac, and guided tour will be a history lesson you won’t soon forget! Don’t miss the lush gardens and interactive programs.
We Washington DC: There’s no shortage of educational experiences waiting for you in our nation’s capitol. Visit the brand new National Museum of African American History & Culture (reopening soon) to learn about American history through the lens of African Americans, visit the National Gallery of Art to view both historically important and modern pieces of art, and don’t forget to visit the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
Stop 2: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: Williamsport, MD
Situated just down the road from historic landmarks such as the Antietam National Battlefield and breathtaking scenery along the Appalachian Trail, Jellystone Park™ Williamsport is the perfect “home-base” for those wanting to explore the area. Tent sites, glamping cabins, and concrete RV sites allow for any type of roadschooling family to settle into their home-away-from-home with ease!
Antietam National Battlefield: The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. Learn how it happened, why the North needed to stand their ground, and take a walk through a major turning point in the Civil War. With historical monuments such as Burnside’s Bridge, your kids will have a better understanding of how the battle was fought and won.
Stop 3: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: Luray, VA
Located amongst the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, this Camp-Resort offers an inspiring camping experience the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy the campground-wide WiFi when you’re there for online-needed schooltime. Plus, the proximity to world-famous day trips and sightseeing is perfect for those wanting to explore the surrounding areas.
Luray Caverns: Go underground and marvel at what’s beneath our earth’s surface! With enhanced cleaning procedures and enforced safety and distance measures, learning about cavern systems is still a safe option for your family. See if you can differentiate between a stalactite and a stalagmite by the end of your guided tour.
Shenandoah National Park: Your outdoor adventure begins here. With over 200,000 acres filled with all types of animal species, waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, and more, there’s so much to learn and explore. Pick up a plant or bird guide at a Ranger Station, and take your time hiking or driving the famous Skyline Drive – biology class just got a lot more fun!
Stop 4: Middle Creek Campground in Buchanan, VA
Set your compass to adventure. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Middle Creek Campground is a great launchpad for a lesson plan in history or geology. Get set with your site, and settle in with WiFi, great amenities, and amazing scenery.
Natural Bridge State Park: Marvel at this geological wonder which stands at 215 feet high and 90 feet across. Slowly carved into a bridge by Cedar Creek over many years, this arch is reminiscent of the arches of Arizona and Utah! Explore the many hiking trails the State Park has to offer, and take time to identify some birds and trees along the way.
National D-Day Memorial: Commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought in D-Day at our country’s National Memorial. This outdoor space is perfect for learning about the Allied invasion of Normandy while still social distancing. Listen to first-hand accounts of the veterans who were there, and take the time to honor some of our country’s heroes with remembrance.
The Poe Museum: Before you hit your next campground, be sure to make a pit stop at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. Read (or listen) to The Raven or The Tell-Tale Heart on your way, then learn how one of America’s most famous writers lived and wrote in Richmond’s oldest home.
Stop 5: Anvil Campground in Williamsburg, VA
Close to tons of attractions, Anvil Campground is dedicated to guests exploring the area’s historical significance – you definitely will not run out of day trips or learning opportunities! Enjoy spacious RV sites or cozy cabins as you gear up for a day of exploring, or are winding down around the campfire at night and gazing up at the stars.
Colonial Williamsburg: Take a step back in time and see how white Americans lived in the 18th Century. Take part in a fife & drum show, interact with a live trial, and hear from hundreds of guides on what their daily life looks like as a soldier, blacksmith, tanner, and more (their costumes are authentic, the masks are not!) Plus, be sure to stop at any of the onsite restaurants for an authentic 18th-century meal.
Yorktown: Explore the grounds where our war with Britain was won. Walkthrough the fields where Alexander Hamilton fearlessly charged Redoubt 10, peer through the foliage to see the lower ground which was held by the British, and ask plenty of questions to your knowledgeable guide – there’s tons to learn here.
This year looks a little different, and so might the classroom with roadschooling! Make it a year they’ll never forget with first-hand learning experiences, campground stays, and educational destinations along the way! Looking to add more destinations to your route? Campspot makes it simple to search for parks and campsites that offer Wifi through a filter when searching for a camping destination.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some activities may be closed until further notice or open with restrictions + limited hours. For the most up to date information, please check the status of each attraction. Please bring and wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth while in any public space.