Okay, guys and gals, here’s the dilly-o: I think one of my last long road trips was when I was about 10 years old, sitting in the backseat of a station wagon (Anyone remember the one seat facing backwards?) driving all the way from Texas to California! That’s right, I viewed that entire road trip sitting backwards! Well, now that I’m all grown up, I get to ride “shotgun” in the front seat; and I want to plan a wonderful trip from Texas to California. Here’s my problem, I am clueless when it comes to planning a road trip (I'm a flier, usually), and I would like to ask for any suggestions from where to go to where NOT to go… By the way, this is my first time to “thread” – is that the right terminology? I hope I’m doing it right…. What I have read, thus far, has my head spinning – so much to do and see in so little time!! How do you decide it all?
Here’s what I know so far:
*Trip Date(s): Depart Houston, Texas on Monday, June 18 – Arrive Houston on Friday, June 29
*# of Peeps: 2 Adults, mid-40’s; 1 girl, 18; 1 boy, 15 and 1 boy, 12
*Vehicle: Suburban (Is renting an RV a good idea?)
*Ideal Trip: Keep everybody happy! (I know, I know… I’m dreamin’.)
Here’s what I’ve been pondering:
*Which way is the most scenic route? Straight across I-10 east to west from Houston, TX to San Diego, CA or go a little north and cut across from Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM, to Las Vegas, etc? I’m thinking we should do the most scenic route first while we have everyone’s excitement for the trip! You know, before the “newness” of riding in a car wears off.
*How many days to allot for each place?
*San Diego Zoo-All of us would like to do this. Any recommendations on where to stay relatively inexpensive near the zoo?
*Hollywood (usual touristy things) Is this worth it? 18 year old girl really wants to do this. I’ve heard it has kind of lost it’s luster -- dirty and unsafe? True? Any recommendations on what to do or not to do while there?
*Las Vegas / Hoover Dam - One day enough time?
*Grand Canyon – Any recommendations on reservations for this time of year and where to stay?
*Sedona, AZ - Any recommendations for lodging?
*What beach in California is a “must see” between, say, between the parameters of Leguna Niguel and Los Angeles?
Well, that’s it for now. I’m on my lunch break and need to get back to work now. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s suggestions, that is, if anyone can make heads-or-tails out of what I just wrote. Love the web site...