I know this probably goes against everything a roadtrip forum would stand for, but we need to drive rather directly from Long Island to Atlanta, leaving about 1-2 pm one day and arriving before 5 pm the next. :(
As our kids are little, we are hoping to make this as enjoyable and painless as possible, and I'm hoping someone here can help!
1) We would like to arrive at a hotel/motel at about 7-8 pm so that we get a normal night's sleep, so that means the bulk of the drive will be the second day. I figure letting the kids swim for a bit at the place we're staying will make up for the lack of fun stops along the way! We'd be in the car and ready to go the second day by 7 am.
2) Although I know predicting exact traffic conditions is impossible, I'm thinking it'd be best to avoid long stretches of highway known to always be a problem, because we have the added bonus of a recently potty-trained child... :) I also think the kids would do better if we weren't stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Yes, even if this adds an hour or two to the total driving time.
3) Any advice on good places to stop for bathroom breaks and to let the kids run around would be great.
Thank you so much!