This will be my first time to almost cross the country on a road trip. I think the farthest I've been was Florida in the South, and Toronto up North. Anyway, my family is having a grand reunion in Katy, TX this thanksgiving. Being the sole earner in our household (mind you teacher does not get a lot), my wife and I decided to hit the road with our kids. Upon google-ing the distance and travel time, we are trying to figure out what is the best way to tackle this adventure with our kids.
If it was just me and my wife, we can probably get there in 2 days or less. However, having a four, three and one year old in our van is a game changer.
We are definitely leaning towards departing on Friday evening and our goal is to get to our cousins in Katy, TX by Saturday night, or early Sunday. We will spend the whole week there, and planning on heading back to Northern VA early Saturday morning to get back by late Sunday in time for work Monday. Or if push comes to shove, I may end up skipping work on that Monday if time is an issue.
I guess my question is, is it even doable to get to my destination in 2 full days while keeping in mind that I have kids in my backseat? If we do need to stop along the way, what are the best places to consider that will not deviate much from our route? And talking about route, which route is the way to go? Can we even stop or NOLA to see some sights and eat authentic bayou cuisine? It would be great if we can also afford to do a quick side trip on our way to Texas since we have that time... and maybe going back to NoVA will be purely driving...
Any thoughts and suggestions are highly appreciated especially for a newbie road tripper like me...