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  1. Default Moving from Rochester to SF ... with toddler!

    Greetings, all!

    My husband, 16 month old son and I are moving home to San Francisco at the end of July after 3 years in Rochester, NY. We drove our 2002 VW Jetta wagon to get out here, we went the northern route mostly on the I-90, spending time camping in Yellowstone, the badlands etc.

    We were thinking we'd fly back home to SF, but we still have our car, of course, and it has to get home too, so now we're thinking about driving with the baby. He's a really mellow guy, and quite the trooper in general, so I think it's do-able, but I'd love some input from experienced baby Road Trippers!

    We don't have a really specific timetable or route in mind at this point, though I think we'll be going more for a direct I-80 route. I'd love input on stops along the way, how long I should plan on this taking (we are meeting our U-pack moving truck in SF, which probably means we have an 8 day limit, though we'll be able to check in with the driver to see how he's doing with the truck...), tips for driving with the baby etc.

    On the way to Rochester, we very much played it by ear, though we knew we wanted to go to Yellowstone etc, but I'd love to know stops we should hit that'd be fun for all on the way, (we liked Wall Drug and the Corn Palace on the northern route,). We're big fans of natural beauty and good roadside kitsh. The baby's too little to appreciate kid places mostly, but if anyone's local to the route and knows any good playgrounds, that'd be great too.

    Many thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default Heading West

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    8 days really should give you enought time to take your trip out there at a fairly relaxed pace. If I were you, I know I would make the trip via Colorado, instead of taking I-80 the whole way. It wouldn't be too far out of your way, and goes near several National Parks, including Rocky Mountain and Arches, that are wonderful stops.

    Unfortantly, I don't have any personal experience traveling with kids that young, but I do know they can adjust to the travel remarkably well. I suspect another poster will be able to give you a little more help with advice on how to make a more baby-friendly trip.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default Todders on the road

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeitgeistMama
    He's a really mellow guy, and quite the trooper in general, so I think it's do-able, but I'd love some input from experienced baby Road Trippers!
    There are several experienced roadtripper parents active on this Forum, so welcome. The subject of family roadtrips comes up here often. Here is one such thread and another one with some links to others


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