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  1. Default Chicago - Los Angeles

    Chicago - Indianapolis - Nashville - Memphis - Dallas - Fort Worth - Amarillo - Albuquerque - flagstaff - Grand Canyon - San Francisco - Los Angeles
    Best sights and great local food + child friendly any input would be great

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    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default We would need to know a lot more for it to be meaningful.

    Hi and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    For any member here to give any meaningful advice you are going to have to tell us a lot more.

    When will this trip take place?
    How long do you have for the trip?
    Is it a one way trip?
    How many will be in the travelling party? and relevant age groups?
    What are the interests of the travelling party?
    What are you aiming to get out of the trip?

    On RTA we avoid referring to 'best' anything, as it all depends on the interests of those visiting the sights. What is one person's best is another person's 'don't bother'. Until we know the age frame of the children, it is hard to recommend areas. The advice for a toddler would be different from the advice for school age children, and different yet for teenagers.

    You really need to tell us a lot more, so we can give meaningful and relevant advice.


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    Wow that wasn't a very welcoming first comment into this forum. Not everyone is on these sites regularly. Sorry if I got it wrong !!!
    Ok so more information.
    Flying into Chicago picking up an RV and travelling to los Angeles we have 20 days/ nights to get there. Travelling with 3 children 4 and under.
    Were after the best attraction for our trip and local food spots that are child friendly.
    One way trip April/May 2016

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    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA!

    It's hard to help someone with just a semblance of information to go on. Please understand, we have people who come on here and want to do the type of trip you mentioned, in just a few days or less than a week. So we're hesitant to start typing up ideas for you to consider if you may/may not have enough time to make the trip you mention. It appears that you do, so that much is settled!

    Chicago - Indianapolis - Nashville - Memphis - Dallas - Fort Worth - Amarillo - Albuquerque - flagstaff - Grand Canyon - San Francisco - Los Angeles
    OK, it appears that you are going southeast a bit before heading west. Were you going to Indianapolis and Nashville for specific reasons? Memphis has Elvis' Graceland and a few other music sites. Dallas -- the Book Depository (where the bullet that killed JFK came from), nearby is Southfork Ranch (where DALLAS was filmed for many years). Right after Amarillo is something called Cadillac Ranch, where a bunch of old Cadillacs are thrust nose-down in the dirt and people can spray-paint them to their hearts content. (Some folks might call that a "best attraction", but it has no appeal to my husband and I, which is why we don't do "Bests" on RTA.)
    Between Amarillo and Albuquerque is Tucumcari, where much of Route 66 comes alive. Albuquerque has a lot to offer, from the Nuclear Museum to Petroglyphs National Park to Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and the ice caves west of the city.

    Next along the route would be Petrified Forest National Park. Quite interesting!

    Los Angeles would come on the route before San Francisco. LOTS of things to do.

    You won't be able to do everything on this list in 20 days -- it's about 9 days of driving in an RV by itself, but it's a start. What you might also do, if you haven't already done so, is get yourself a paper map. It will show a lot of things on the map that you won't see on electronics maps.

    As for food that is child-friendly -- when checking into a motel for the night, ask what local places are great sit-down restaurants for families with young children. Many times, they will send you to the nearest chains -- Chili's, Applebee's, Denny's, IHOP, Cracker Barrel. All of those will have children's menus. Specify, local please, not the chain restaurants. For breakfasts, often times a motel will offer a continental breakfast. Usually, packets of oatmeal or dry cereal such as Cheerios will be offered, along with juices, milk, and (sometimes) fresh fruit. For lunches, you might try just pulling into a place that looks likely. There are usually fast food places at most freeway exits, too.

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    [QUOTE=DonnaR57;168636]Welcome to RTA!

    Thanks will definitely look into those the kids will get a kick out if the Cadillac ranch.
    We are definitely looking for local cuisines specific to that area/region.
    We are coming from Australia so authentic American foods , sights and traditions is what we are after.
    Your suggestions/information/ideas give us heaps to look into.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico


    We’re after the best attraction for our trip and local food spots that are child friendly.
    Here are some more places in the Albuquerque area --

    Tinkertown, in the mountains east of town. A fun place for kids, with some National Forest picnic grounds very close by.

    The Sandia Peak Tramway is fun.

    There are a lot of good things in Albuquerque’s Old Town. The Rattlesnake Museum is pretty cool.

    Plenty of good food in ABQ. Just to point out a few:

    66 Diner on Central Ave.

    The Range Café

    For traditional New Mexican food, Duran’s has two locations – one near Old Town and another in the Midtown neighborhood.

    There are many other good New Mexican restaurants in town, but we’ll leave it at that for now.

    And, of course, there’s Santa Fe, about an hour’s drive from Albuquerque. Driving west from Amarillo on I-40, you could take US Hwy. 285 north from Clines Corners up to Santa Fe, then come back south to Albuquerque on I-25, or the more scenic NM Hwy. 14.

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    Thanks howard for all the links, the links to the cafés they were great just what we were after. Thanks for your time and input. All look great and our kids will definitely enjoy.

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