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  1. Default LA-NYC in RV with young kids...favourite routes??

    We're coming over from Australia, renting a camper van and would like to spend 3-4 weeks getting to NYC. Planning around sept/Oct and our oldest child will be 6. Any good suggestions for kids? I definitely want to do grand canyon.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Several Kid Friendly Suggestions

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There are several 'standard' bits of advice for traveling with children that I like to give. In no particular order:

    At every national park or monument you come to, take the time to stop at the visitors center and ask about their Junior Ranger Programs. These are typically designed for kids from 5 to 12, but can be adjusted for other ages.

    Don't think that you have to hit all or just the highlights. America is full of small, offbeat attractions that your kids will love, and the smaller scale of some sites is more in keeping with their world, so more memorable.

    Keep the road miles down. You may think nothing of driving five or six hundred miles a day, but to your kids, those are just hours spent cooped up in a tin can. Plan to take breaks every few hours even when you main purpose of the day is to get somewhere.

    Get them involved. Once you know your basic route, give them a good sized and fairly detailed map and let them see if there's anything along the way that they want to see. If so, have them do some research on the site, when it's open, what it costs, what there is to do, etc. Have them show you around a few places (if their old enough.

    Any route through the southwest, the great plains, and the Appalachians will offer a sufficient number of opportunities for you, but if there are activities or types of sites that you want to be sure to include, let us know and we can make more detailed suggestions.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Kids enjoy the simple things.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Young kids are often easier to please than the adults and you will find plenty to keep them entertained, all you really need to do is make sure they have enough time out of the vehicle to let off steam each day and anything from a City park feeding the ducks to a family picnic will do the job. The simple things like these and sitting around a campfire in the campground and spotting wildlife are often the most memorable.

    Now the adults are far more complicated ! With up to 4 weeks to explore as you make your way across country leaves you open to thousands of route and attraction options. We travel by RV in the States and I relate with it more to the great outdoors and it doesn't get finer than the National parks. Of course you can visit City's and towns along the way, but if that's where your focus was to be you might want to rethink the RV option. Another thing to consider is that in the USA a 'camper van' for a family [RV] is not a cheap option, in fact it will turn out quite a bit more expensive than a car and Motels by the time you have added on all the extras associated with RV'ing. The BIG fees other than the rental cost to consider will be fuel consumption, extra mileage charges, campground fees and a possible large one way drop off fee. Smaller extras include things like the bedding and kitchen kits, possible preparation fees and generator usage.

    If you are still 'sold' on the RV Lifestyle and love the great outdoors then you will have an amazing time. A few of the NP's in the west, you could build a trip to include Grand canyon would include Sequoia, Yosemite and Death Valley in CA, Zion, Bryce canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, Mesa Verde, Black canyon of the Gunnison and Rocky mountain NP in Colorado. Linking them together are great drives, Citys, mountain towns State parks and the like, and most importantly, the people. Then there are many more options both north and south and of course as you continue your journey to the east coast.

    Have a good look around the forums and planning pages in the tool bars above to gather ideas and when you have some more dots on the map we can help to join them up and answer any further questions you have.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Map helps with the planning.

    The very best you can do right now is get a good, wall sized map of the US, and mark where all the spots are which interest you. It will define your route to a large extend. You don't say where you are, but in Melbourne they are available from Map World. You can also get them online. I have a laminated copy of the National Geographics map on my wall, covered in post it notes of the places I want to travel to, and see.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default A bunch of easy-reading articles and tips

    The RoadTrip GO Kit is a favorite with kids of all ages. More tips about planning a family road trip can be found here:

    Family Planning Tips

    Young travelers trips

    I couldn't tell from your post, how young the youngest child is -- but here are some tips for tripping with babies...

    And a couple more sites that are helpful when thinking about kids on a road trip

    Actually, a couple more...

    more tips for the holiday road trips

    Five games you can play on the road -- in a car --

    And a few more car trip games contributed by the RTA members...

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