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  1. Default Cross Country Road Trip with 2 moms and 4 elementary kids

    We're planning a cross-country trip for next year. We plan to rent an RV. We'll be starting in southern VA. Head west thru the great smokies. Then stops in Nashville, Memphis, and Little Rock. Then we head west to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for a few days. The bulk of our trip will be UT: Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Moab. After that we'll head to Yellow Stone for a couple of days. Then we head home stopping at Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and the Badlands. We'd also like to hit some Little House spots: De Smet, SD, Walnut Grove, MN, and Pepin, WI. Finally we'll go to Chicago. We're planning at least 3 weeks, possibly 4. Any suggestions?

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    You already seem to have things well in hand and the kids are in for a wonderful time. I'll just suggest a few more places that they might enjoy. Mud Island in Memphis is a model of the Mississippi River that they can walk from one end to the other. Dinosaur National Monument outside Vernal, UT is always a hit with children and can be fit in on your way from Moab to Yellowstone as can Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Then, after the Little House stops, try the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. In addition to such 'major' stops, there are also any number of places very close to Interstates to take short breaks without having to navigate a big RV long distances or into tight spaces.


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    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Make sure you buy a national parks pass - with all those parks it will pay for itself plus some. You can order it in advance or buy it at the first park you go to at the gate. Sign the kids up for the Junior Rangers program.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

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    Wow ! Great route, great way to travel. I am sure the kids will love it. The NPS annual pass is a great saving and worthwhile investment. If you plan on camping in the NP's [recommended] you would need to book an RV pitch at the earliest possible time to ensure getting one during the summer months. You will find all the info you need on there web site.

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