I am so glad I found this forum. I have already gleaned several things from the posts here.
My dh and I just found out that he will have a one month break in his job. We have 3 children, ages 3, 5, and 8, and want to take a trip out west. I have never been, so I am clueless.
We considered renting an RV, but have decided that driving our own van will be the best fit for us. We'd like to still have a pseudo-camping experience, possibly staying in cabins at state or national parks (or other places), but we haven't researched it yet.
We have four weeks, would start and end in southwest Ohio and would like to see:
-Sequoyah National Forest
Is this even possible in 4 weeks? Would we be able to stop and smell the roses along the way or would it have to be a fast-paced trip? Do you think it would be possible for us to stay in cabins/out in nature for most of the trip rather than in hotels? (We really want areas where the kids can get out and run around at the end of a long day. Hard to do at a hotel.)
I'd appreciate your thoughts on our plan, any tips, websites, or other suggestions that could help us in planning our trip.
Thanks so much!