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  1. Default Road Trip from Long Island NY to Boulder, CO

    My family is moving to Boulder- Yay. We decided to drive there around Nov or Dec (not so sure its a yay). We also a have a small dog.
    Any suggestions on how to plan a Road Trip with two kids, a husband and a small dog. We have family in Chicago which is on the way and will probably stay there at least one night. Any other suggestions about where to stay or what to see on the way?

    We would greatly appreciate suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Welcome!

    Welcome to the RoadTrip America Forum!

    Suggestions will be dependent on how much time you have to make the trip, as well as other things such as if you're driving a moving van or not.

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    Welcome!

    How many days do you have for making the trip and how much time do you want to spend in Chicago? You need a minimum of 4 days to make the trip with a brief overnight in Chicago - you will need to spend a night between LI and Chicago, and another night between Chicago and Boulder. This also assumes you don't have winter weather issues to delay you. How old are the kids, and what are your interests?

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    Default Maybe Not

    While Tim and glc are both correct that we can't give you much specific advice about exactly how to go and where to stop without knowing more about you, your family's interests, and your timescale, we can and should answer your question about how to plan. The main thing is to get everyone involved right up front. Get yourself a good map or atlas of the US and start looking at the main roads that connect Long Island, Chicago, and Boulder. That will basically be I-80, but if you have time other roads may be more useful or interesting. Next start looking at what's along the way that you would like to see. Just as an example of some of the major possibilities there's Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Amana Colonies, and the old Oregon Trail, but be sure to let everyone - especially the kids (if they're old enough) - have a say and make suggestions. And remember, if you have time you can wander a bit off the 'straight and narrow'.

    As to time, plan on about 500 miles a day. That's a good maintainable pace, even with young children and a dog. And that pace assumes that you will be making several short stops to let everyone get a little exercise and fresh air. Time for major stops should be budgeted separately. You should also figure out roughly where you're going to be stopping each night. It shouldn't be necessary to pre-book accommodations, but you can if you want to. The advantage to 'winging it' is that you have the freedom to stop each night where you will, earlier if you're having a rough day, later if you're making good time. The advantage to pre-booking is that you're not spending those late evenings trying to find something and hoping to find a Vacancy sign at just the place you like; you can do your shopping from the comfort of your home and computer.

    Once you have a basic outline, by all means come back and see if there are specific tweaks and suggestions that we can offer.

    AZBuck

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    Default An alternative.

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    The advantage to 'winging it' is that you have the freedom to stop each night where you will, earlier if you're having a rough day, later if you're making good time. The advantage to pre-booking is that you're not spending those late evenings trying to find something and hoping to find a Vacancy sign at just the place you like; you can do your shopping from the comfort of your home and computer.
    If you would rather not be tied to a specific destination at a specific time, and can't face the thought of having to drive around looking for a 'vacancy' sign, there is a third way.

    Before you leave, you will have a good idea as to what route you will be taking and roughly how far you think you may get. In a small notebook write down the details of hotels / motels in those, and surrounding areas - costs, phone numbers, addresses. When it gets to around three or four in the afternoon you'll know how far the day will take you. At that point it only takes a couple of phone calls to secure a room for the night. And since this is not a solo trip, it can be done on the move.

    Lifey

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