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  1. Default Detroit to San Antonio, TX and back

    We are planning a road trip to Texas the end of March - April. Looking to go a different way there and back. Going to try to drive down in two days, but want to do sightseeing/Nashville/Louisville on way back. Planning on taking 4-5 days on way back. Any suggestions would be great. We have two children that will be 12 and 15.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Hopefully, That's a Joke

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Detroit to San Antonio is nearly 1500 miles by the most efficient all-Interstate route, and that means you are saying that you plan to coop two children up in a small box for almost 14 hours a day for two days straight. First, you need to allow at least 3 full days for just the drive before even considering adding any sight-seeing time.

    Adding stops in Nashville and Louisville and allowing only an extra day means that you are committing yourself to the same route down and back, you simply don't have time for any detours or alternative roads. You need to seriously rethink your timing if you want what you claim you want.


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    We can take more time if we need it. We usually fly everywhere we go, but the kids do not want to fly. They would like to drive and stop along the way. Just looking for suggestions to see what there is along the way and we can adjust our plan accordingly.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default These Things Take Time

    If you want to enjoy this trip, the first thing you need to do is factor in sufficient time for both the drive and seeing things along the way. As a rule of thumb, especially when traveling with children, you should plan on covering no more than 500 miles a day. You don't need to make major stops, but the kids will need time to get either fresh air and exercise every few hours. As noted, that means a minimum of 3 days each way. The only reasonable alternate route would go through either Chicago or Indianapolis, St. Louis, and perhaps Oklahoma City.

    With sufficient time, but only with sufficient time, you can look at taking a riverboat ride on the Mississippi, exploring the Ozarks, maybe driving the Natchez Trace Parkway, touring Mammoth Cave, seeing all the great planes at the Air Force Museum. etc., etc., etc.


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