What a great forum! I wish I'd found it sooner so I'd have more time to browse before the 'big day'. I'm hoping one of you seasoned travelers can help me out. We'll be traveling from NC to NH with 4 kids, the oldest is 6 years old. What we plan to do it make this a 2 day drive, leaving around 4am, driving for several hours and stopping for a long picnic or park visit, than driving another few hours to a hotel for the evening. This puts about 7 hours driving time each day so it shouldn't be too taxing on the kids. They are good travelers and I have lots of travel activities planned for them.
I'm looking for a site that will show me some great state park destinations and ultimatly our hotel stop for day 1, then another pit stop location for day 2. Until last night I thought we had to take our dog, so I hestiated to make plans, hoping we could make other arrangements for him. Now that we have, I don't have to consider leaving him in the truck during pit stops or finding a pet friendly hotel.
We intend to take rt. 77 to 81, from there we'll pick up rt. 88 in Binghamton and we'll decide whether or not to take the Mass pike or the hills of Vermont when we get there. We're familliar with this route and want to avoid the chaos of DC and 95 altogether.