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  1. Default First timers needs help

    Hi There.

    We are planing a 9 days road trip for the first time from Los Angeles CA to Chandler Arizona and Back to LA and would love to get some ideas and help planning the trip.

    Happy Holidays.

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    Default So, What Did You Have in Mind?

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Unfortunately, this is not a travel service and we can't plan your trip for you with no information whatsoever. What sorts of things would you like to accomplish on this trip? How much time do you have for the various legs of it?: Why Chandler? Who all is going? How much effort are you willing ot put into the planning and execution?

    AZBuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Unfortunately, this is not a travel service and we can't plan your trip for you with no information whatsoever. What sorts of things would you like to accomplish on this trip? How much time do you have for the various legs of it?: Why Chandler? Who all is going? How much effort are you willing ot put into the planning and execution?

    AZBuck
    Hi...
    Thank you for the reply.
    We are family off four ,parents with two kids age 16 girl,14 boy.
    We have nine days and we choose Chandler because we have a friend who live there that we will spend New Year with.
    We will put as much effort as we needed to but we don't know from where to start.
    We would like to see reservation , short hikes,all kind of point of interest.
    We are planning to be two days in Sedona we hard the drive there is amazing.
    We hard Scottsdale open a new museum of music so we would love to check it out..
    I hope you can help us and tell us where should we start with the planning of this trip.

    Thank you Asher3.

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    What day will you be leaving LA, what day will you be returning, and what exact days are committed where so far?

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    Default Since this is a family road trip....

    Quote Originally Posted by asher3 View Post
    We are family off four ,parents with two kids age 16 girl,14 boy.
    I would start with thinking a bit more about the kind of trip this will be. Here are some tips I wrote about planning a family road trip. And then before you jump into route planning -- go to this page and look at some of the other articles we have published about road trip planning. Scroll down to road trip tips! Your parameters (listed above) were steps in the right direction, and I'm sure after your read our tips and thought about it some more, your next post will help us help you.

    Mark l

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    Default RoadTrip Planning

    Planning a RoadTrip is actually a bit of a trial and error process where you try to strike the best balance between how to spend your time, what sights to see, where to spend your nights, how much to spend, and other things. So, as a rough outline on how I might plan my first RoadTrip. Start by using one of several on-line mapping routines such as Google Maps, MapQuest, AAAmaps, or others to get a rough idea of the most direct route and the time it swill take to drive. That last bit is important as the software generated estimates will be wrong. You need to add about 20% (or 1 hour for every 4-5 that they suggest) and you have to think in days instead of the hours their answer will be in. Thus if they say a given drive is 24 hours, it will really take 3-4 days: add 20% -> 30 hours; break that into manageable 8-10 hour days -> 3-4 days.

    Next get a good set of maps or an atlas of the US and start seeing what's along the way (or nearby). This is a good spot to start getting the kids involved. Let them pick a spot or two that appeals to them rather than just dragging them stuff (even if great stuff) that the two adults have picked. Figure out how long you'd like to spend at each attraction and add in the time it will take to drive there and back onto your main route, and add a bit for waiting in lines and other delays.

    Get a good idea of how far you can travel each day. On a good day with no tourist stops you might make 500-550 miles. On a day spent at a major stop such as the Grand Canyon, you'll make considerably less. A fair rule of thumb is that you can make about 50-55 mph real progress when driving once you account for meal, fuel and bathroom breaks. Then determine where you should end up each night.

    Repeat all of the above (maybe a few times) so that you can map out in more detail your actual planned route, adjust your times accordingly, look for other attractions that might now present themselves, etc. After a few rounds, you'll have a very good idea of what you want to see and do, and it's during this process that we can be particularly helpful. Once the trip starts to gel, you can start assigning some specific planning tasks. Have the kids work up some information of the sights you'll be seeing, history, particularly scenic or interesting parts, special activities, etc. Have them act as your tour guide at the places they've looked into. The adults can do some on-line shopping to find the best deals and/or most appropriate places to stay in the areas where you know you're going to be each night. This saves you time and money looking for places when you're dog tired and willing to take anything. Or worse, the unpleasant surprise of finding no room at the inn in especially popular locations.

    AZBuck

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