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  1. Default San Francisco to Denver on I-80 with kids

    I am heading out in a few weeks on a road trip with my family. My two kids are 4 and 1 and we are looking for places to stop and play on the way.

    Thanks.

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    Welcome Back to the RTA Forum!

    Since you've told us almost nothing about your trip - other than where and who is going, we really can't offer much in the way of specifics. The answers would really depend upon your interests, how much time you have, and what kinds of things you hope to see and do.

    However, RTA's Map Center is an excellent tool just to get some ideas about the things to see along the way.

    Once you've got more ideas and specific questions we can certainly help.

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    Default Another thread

    Quote Originally Posted by kampp View Post
    ... looking for places to stop and play on the way.
    You may also find this thread helpful.

    Lifey

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    We are driving straight through, so we are mainly looking for good city parks or playgrounds along the way every few hours to be able to run around and play at, have a snack or picnic before heading back in the car. I have family in Colorado, that is why we are just doing the drive quick to get there to hang out.

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    Straight through would mean being on the road for 24+ hours, that's incredibly dangerous no matter how many drivers you have (The danger level is every bit as high as driving drunk). Please stop an spend the night somewhere on route for the safety of you, your family, and everyone else on the road.

    As far as parks and playgrounds, you'll really find that in every town. Your options for town are a little bit limited until you get to Utah, but in general, I'd simply say when you're ready for a break, just look for the next place to get off the freeway.

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    There are rest areas on I-80 so I'd stop at those whenever you saw one. Not all the cities in Nevada are large towns, so your bet bets will be Reno, Fernley, Winnamucca, maybe Battle Mountain, Elko and Wells. There will be rest area stops once you cross into Utah, but the Great Salt Flats area is HOT in the summer. Carry plenty of drinking water!

    SF to Denver via I-80 is 1255 miles so I hope you are planning at least one night on the road in a motel to get some sleep.

    Utahtea

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    Thanks for the large town suggestions. We have made the drive before without kids. We will definitely pull into a hotel if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kampp View Post
    We will definitely pull into a hotel if needed.
    I would PLAN on spending a night in Wendover.

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    Default Especially with children.

    I would have to agree with glc.

    Especially since you are travelling with children, as young as yours. You say you have done this in the past without children, and appear to be completely unaware of the needs of little children. They need a good night's sleep... at least 8 hours at that age, but probably more, and they need it in a bed, not sitting up strapped into a car seat. They also need time to eat their meals, not rushed, or fed while the car is moving. These are all basic needs of young children, to which it seems you have not adjusted your lifestyle.

    Lifey

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    I have never been more insulted. I thought this site was set-up to help me plan some good stops, not be told I am unaware of what my child needs. We have done several road trips with my first child, starting at 11 months. We stopped every 1-2 hours and spent at least 30 min to an hour at a park playing and having a nice relaxed picnic. We are driving through the night to help my son who is not as much of a fan of the car as my daughter was. My kids average 10-12 hours sleep a night, so one night on the road is fine.

    Thanks to the suggestions before about places to stop and the suggestion of a night stay, we again will totally do that if needed.

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