Hello, road trip gurus! My wife and I and our two small kids have eight days to get from New York to Los Angeles this May. Our original plan was to spend those eight days further exploring the East Coast, then fly. But we've seen plenty of the East Coast, and plenty of the West Coast, and were toying around with the idea of driving cross country to see other charming parts of America, as an added bonus to a fun road trip.
So the plan here is NOT to squeeze in as many destinations as possible, rather get a flavor of some of the places most tourists may never get to. Or places that are not Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston.
The goals of the trip would be as follows:
1. Get from New York to Los Angeles from May 10-17.
2. Drive only in the mornings.
3. Never drive more than 6 hours a day total.
4. Take the most comfortable, safest, kid-friendly route.
5. Avoid really big industrial cities, and go for picturesque towns with character.
6. We just saw the Book of Mormon, so it would be great to go through Salt Lake City :)
7. Stop at places that would be of interest to our four year old.
A few questions for the more experienced road trippers here:
1. Our kids are generally good in cars, but we've only ever driven three hour trips. A part of us thinks this may be a little too much on the kids, especially the 1 year old, but a part of us also believes that it could be a great family experience. Any general thoughts on traveling with kids, specifically cross country?
2. Any tried and tested suggested routes that could hit our essential criteria?
3. We are torn between doing a southerly arc and seeing places like Nashville, Austin and Santa Fe, or to go further North and see that part of the country?
Any advice or suggestions would be most appreciated!