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  1. Default Chicago to Vegas with the Family

    Heading to Vegas on business, but taking advantage of it and driving out there to visit family living out there. We are not gamblers. Looking for some tips on what to see, what to avoid enroute as we've never gone west. We'll leave 3/31 and return 4/12. We are renting a home in Vegas vs. staying on the strip. Have a teenager and a 'wanna-be' teenager - both boys. :) Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default The Road to Vegas

    You'll actually be spending most of your time during this trip on the road (7 days minimum) rather than in Las Vegas (6 days tops) so perhaps that is where you should concentrate a good bit of your planning as well. You should also probably look at taking slightly different routes out and back to maximize the amount of new countryside that you get to see. For example, on one leg, you could stay a bit north and see the old Oregon Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. On the other leg you could stay a bit south of that and see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Cadillac Ranch, Oklahoma City Memorial and Westward Expansion Monument in St Louis. Do note that making the most of your time on the road probably means spending even more time, 4+ days each way, on the road. While in Las Vegas, Valley of Fire, Death Valley, and Mojave National Preserve are good day trip destinations.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default outline

    As you should know, on this forum, there is no such thing as a one sized fits all roadtrip. The options for a trip of this length are nearly endless, and you'll really have to focus in on what it is that you and your family are most intersted in.

    A basic outline to start with would be to head out to Colorado and Utah one way, going by places like rocky mountain, Arches, Bryce, and Zion National Parks (just to name a few), and the other way go a little more south by Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and follow the path of the former Route 66.

    Like I said, even with an outline like that, there are a million variations that you could do. Certainly, the planning from here can be the fun part, where you and your family pull out a big map, and take a look at some of your options. Your kids are certainly old enough where they should be playing a big roll in the planning, as the more they have invested in the trip, the more they are going to enjoy it.

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