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  1. Default Arizona to Maryland July 2011

    Hello all,

    I just found this website today in thinking that I gotta get pretty serious with our planing for our family's first ever cross country road trip. We would need to make it to the East Coast within 4-5 days preferably and need suggestions on places to stay that are family friendly. Would there be anything for us to see along our quick trip that wouldn't divert more than three hours off of an itinerary? We would like to use the same route on the way back to AZ.

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA forum!

    The first thing you do need to understand is that you are already at the minimum amount of time you need for this trip. It is 2300 miles, which is a good 4.5 days when you are traveling as a family, and diversions 3 hours off your route would probably be too much.

    The other thing you need to understand is that there are millions of "family friendly" things you could do across those 2300 miles. Without knowing which way you are going, and having some ideas of the kinds of things you'd be interested, we can't offer too much in terms of specifics. For example, if you went one route, you could perhaps visit Smokey Mountains National Park, on another you might stop at the St. Louis arch, or its possible that neither of those ideas would be interesting to you. There are lots of resources here - including the map center that can give you a start for ideas.

    One big question, why would you want to take the same route both directions? At the very least, I'd think you'd want to some different scenery for the drive!

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