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  1. #1
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    Default Nees suggestions for 5 day round trip starting in San Francisco in December

    Hello,
    We're pretty new here in San Francisco so we need this advice :)
    We'd like to plan an RV trip in December San Francisco and back in 5 days, with main interest very generally being desert towns and native american culture and history.
    I am talking about a trip with two young kids (4 and 6) and their grandparents so it has to be family-friendly either.
    Does such a route exist?
    I would be utterly thankful for ideas.
    Thank you!

  2. #2
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    Default A route is what you make it.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum.

    You do not have to follow a preplanned route designed by some generic program or gadget. Your route is completely up to you. to take you to where you want to go and do the things along the way which interest your and your family.

    Check out some of the links on the green bar above for suggestions of routes and attractions to suit your interests.

    One thing I would make sure of, is to stay away from the higher elevations, which in the winter months are not the most RV friendly, Other than that you have literally hundreds of routes to choose from. Any good map will show you the many options not so easily seen within the confines of a computer monitor.

    Lifey

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    Default A Tough One

    There are certainly a lot of resources for a trip built around desert towns and native culture in the southwest, But with a constraint of only five days travel by RV out of and back to San Francisco, things get quite tight. Most of the places I would recommend are in central Arizona, but that would be a full day and half drive to get to them, and a day and a half back, leaving only a couple of days to actually explore great venues such as the Museum of Northern Arizona, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Tuzigoot National Monument, Casa Grande National Monument, the Arizona State Museum, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and a few active Native American tribal museums and culture centers.

    Trying to keep it a little closer to home so that you have more time for fewer places, and less time just burning gas, however leaves you with perhaps too little on the Native American front. Unfortunately, the most readily accessible southern California reservations, Fort Mojave, Los Coyotes, Viejas, Santa Ysabel, Chemehuevi lean more heavily on the casino and tobacco industries than they do on educating others about their tribes. But there are a few Native American outreach activities in southern California including the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum and Library. A non-Indian but very kid-friendly site in this general area is the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, while December is perhaps the perfect time to visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. San Diego, with all that Balboa Park has to offer, and Legoland in Carlsbad could also be included in a southern California trip.

    So those are your two less-than-perfect choices, as I see it: A trip that concentrates on what you say you want, but chews up most of your available time just getting there and back, or something closer to home that has less of what you say you want but could still have the makings of a nice family RV trip.

    AZBuck

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    Default

    Thank you so much, that was so helpful! Thank you! I'll obviously go for the second option... :)

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    Thank you!

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