Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. Default Driving to Denver from San Francisco with 2 kids. Help!

    My cousin and her two young boys will be driving to Denver.
    Do you know of any fun and interesting stops along Highway 80 and 70?
    Their ages are 3 and 6.

    Please help.

    thank you

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    10,748

    Default A little more info.

    Hello and welcome to R.T.A.

    We would be only to pleased to help but places of interest to some, maybe of none to another.
    What sort of time schedule are they on, is it a direct run with overnight stops or a vacation for them?
    The overall trip is aprox 1300 miles direct and as such will soak up the best of 3 days between the two, at a relaxed pace.

    Heres some excellent info on I-70 to get you started and as you can see there is plenty to see on this lovely drive.

    Let us know and we will try and help you piece it together.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    9,358

    Default Another Route and Things to Do

    Dave's mention of I-70 as a route caused me to have a look at it, and it certainly is an interesting option. If your cousin has the time to devote to it (3-4 days) then it would make a great RoadTrip, first heading south on I-5, using CA-58 to connect through Bakersfield to I-15 north through Las Vegas and then taking I-70 through eastern Utah and central Colorado. Going that way brings you within easy visiting distance of the Mojave National Preserve, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches National Parks, and Colorado National Monument. If time is more of a factor, then I-80 to Cheyenne, WY and then I-25 south to Denver can be done in as little as two days comfortably, and although the parks along that route don't have the cachet of those along I-15/I-70, they would certainly offer chances for the kids to get out of the car, get some exercise and explore a bit.

    AZBuck

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    10,748

    Default Just for clarity

    An interesting route Buck came up with there, and plenty to see and do time permitting. But to save confusion, I was thinking I-80 to Salt lake and dropping down to I-70, as the opening post had mentioned both of theses Interstates I presumed that was the chosen route.

    Let us know if we can help more.

  5. Default thank you Southwest Dave and AZ Buck!

    Yikes ,forgot to say that we will be traveling straight through to denver.
    I'm thinking it will take us 2 days. We plan on staying in denver for a week and then head back to the bay area.
    Thanks for the site ideas off of I-70, they look so interesting.
    The boys love trains and fast cars from the 70's...any other interesting ideas would be appreciated.

    thanks again!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    9,358

    Default Boys Toys

    Don't they all. Then try the Colorado Railroad Museum and/or the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver, or this classic car dealer in Salt Lake City.

    AZBuck

  7. Default boys toys

    thanks for the train information. We will for sure stop by.
    Ok, now my traveling hat is on and we have decided to take a few days to get to grandma's house in Denver. We plan on taking your suggestion of heading down south to bakersfield, vegas and then I-70 through Utah and Colorado.
    Can't wait to see the parks!
    We are thinking of stopping by at the Grand Canyon!
    Thanks again for all of your help!
    Any other suggestions will be most appreciated!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    10,748

    Default A nice loop.

    Great if you can spare the time!

    If you are heading for G/C you could continue east through Monument valley and even hit the million dollar highway at Durango, and head on towards Denver and then return on I-80 making a nice loop.

    There's so many possibilities, I think you need to route it and then we can help you piece it together.

  9. Default a nice loop

    ok..so many options.
    We have 4-5 days. Would like to go the the Grand Canyon and love the option of Monument Valley to Durango. My cousin is wants to see Zion and Bryce.
    By the way, did I mention that we are leaving tomorrow morning!

    What do you think would be the most ideal and interesting route without going 100 miles an hour?

    We first begin heading down south towards Bakersfield, Las Vegas-Hoover Dam.
    Would we then take I-93 to I-40 to 64 to the Grand Canyon. We will probably stay a couple of days.
    We could then take 64 to 89 into Utah for Zion and Bryce.
    Eventually we would take 70 to Colorado.

    Thank you so much for all of your help.
    Your comments have added to my budget but I'm sure it will be worth it!


    BellaDella

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South of England.
    Posts
    10,748

    Default well worth it.

    Hi,
    To link back up with I-70 you could go from Bryce via scenic 12
    through torrey and hwy24 through Hanksville, it's a great drive through Escalante and Capitol reef n.p.

    Also between Zion and Bryce it's worth a short stop at Red rock canyon to look at the rock spires right by the roadside.

    Have a great trip and let us know how it goes!

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-26-2008, 09:06 PM
  2. A Winter Road (Snow) Trip - San Francisco to Denver Jan 20
    By onecheekywombat in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-30-2006, 08:03 AM
  3. Driving from Denver to Nashville
    By theshirleyfamily in forum Planning Summer RoadTrips
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-22-2006, 02:18 PM
  4. San Francisco to Denver
    By edkahn in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-04-2006, 09:37 AM
  5. Any good suggestions about driving from Denver to San Francisco?
    By JT Chien in forum Planning Summer RoadTrips
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-13-2004, 09:33 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • Find the Perfect Hotel
    Search RoadTrip Motels
    Enter city name

    Loading...



  • MORE STORIES