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    Hello all,

    My daughter and I will be driving from Houston to Boston in July. We would like information on routes that would bring us to destinations that would be fun for a 3 year old as well as accommodations that are safe for women traveling with a toddler and an infant.

    We prefer not to stay in cheap motels, but rather decent hotels with a swimming pool ( I'd love a lap pool) close to the highway. We'd also like to avoid traffic as much as possible.

    I understand the trip takes about 30 hours but we would go a little out of our way if it would make the trip more fun. We plan on driving about 8 hours per day, but we are flexible.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Things to Keep in Mind

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There are a few basic rules of thumb that, if you heed them, will make your trip much more relaxed and worry free. The first is to remember that everywhere is somebody's hometown. Yes, there are 'bad' neighborhoods, but you'll easily recognize them - just as you do in your own city. Your own radar is your best advice on when you should simply move on from an area. Next, it is best to measure the length of trips this involved in days, not hours. Houston to Boston at a relaxed pace and taking minor detours to avoid large urban areas is going to take four days. That will put you on the road for about eight hours a day including meals and some play breaks for the children. And as far as the kids go, at that age they don't need much to amuse them. Simple parks and playgrounds will do just as well as expensive entertainment sites. So just plan on stopping every 2-3 hours to give them some run-around time.

    Now, a route. You are fortunate that the shortest all-Interstate route also does a pretty good job at avoiding major metropolitan areas, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. I-10/I-12/I-59/I-75/I-40/I-81/I-84/I-90 will get you to Boston while missing Atlanta, Washington and New York. Taking four equally paced days would have you spending your nights in Laurel ms. Knoxville TN, and Harrisburg PA. Each of those will offer you plenty of accommodation choices.


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    If you do choose to stay overnight in Laurel, there is a brand new Hampton with a pool that's in a nice area.

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