We're talking about 3 hours west of Chicago to near Tucson, AZ by way of Denver and Albuquerque. In a minivan with a 2 1/2 year old and an 18 month old. And coming back the same way 1 1/2 weeks later. I know we're crazy, but we want to see our family this summer, and flying is getting too expensive...
The kids did better than we expected on a recent 6 hour trip (and back a few days later) to the Twin Cities, but I'm a little freaked out. We don't have a lot of time, so we're looking at doing the 24 hour drive in two days at least one direction. Possibly 3 days in the other. We have family and friends in Denver and Albuquerque that we can stay with for the nights. We might stay a night in Wichita, KS if we break one way into 3 days.
We are already planning to use a cooler with food for the most part, and already know we will have to use the DVD player SOME (these are -little- kids, that do enjoy watching stuff, thankfully) but I want some other ideas to make this trip good instead of a nightmare!
Advice? Great sites with ideas for entertaining little ones? Sites where I can find good choices for stops? (nice parks/malls with nice indoor play areas - it will be HOT much of this trip!) I am researching all I can before we leave in about a month!