After many years without a big family vacation, we're planning on going big this summer! The trip will consist of my wife, our kids, aged 14, 11, and 4, and my sister. Here is our itinerary so far. We hope to keep it extremely flexible and adaptable so we won't feel pressured to meet definite timetables.
June1 (day 1)
Leave Houston, traveling up through hwy 59 to Texarkana, then on to I-30 into Arkansas, peeling off onto Hwy 7. We'll stay on scenic Hwy 7 up through the Ozarks and into Branson, Mo. This will probably be the single longest leg of the journey, but since we'll be fresh and with 3 drivers, we're confident we can get all the way to Branson in a single day if we get a pre-dawn start. Time permitting, we'll stop and relax at some scenic sites along the way. Any recommendations? We are particulary interested in caverns and cave tours, and historical sites. Has anyone been to the Marine Corps museum in Harrison, Arkansas? That looks interesting.
A full day at Silver Dollar City. Not much on coasters, I know, but a great start. My wife and I visited here in 1992 and had a great time. I'm really looking forward to seeing Marvel Cave again. From this point on, our exact to our destinations are still to be determined, so please advise.
Leave Branson and travel to St. Louis. Spend the day Seeing the Arch and whatever sites catch our fancy in and around St. Louis. (We're going to skip Six Flags St. Louis). My wife and I took a similar trip to this area as newlyweds 18 years ago, and we recall a cavern tour where they drove you into the cave in propane powered jeeps. Does anyone know what this is cavern is called?
Arrive at King's Island Theme park area. Rest by the pool and see some sites. Any route recommendations and tourist stops from St. Louis to near Cincinatti?
Full Day at King's Island. While there, we'll process our MaxxPasses which will get us unlimited entry into King's Island, and two more of the theme parks in OH we will be visiting. We're still debating on getting the MaxxPass Plus, which will also gain us entry into some waterparks. Begin the Journey to Sandusky.
Arrive Sandusky OH. If not too late, go ahead and go into the park for a few hours.
Day 7 and 8:
Full days at Cedar Point. Leave in the evening on Day 8 to shoot over to Cleveland area. If it's not over crowded and we get to do everything quickly, possibly take in the water park. Note: I would love to catch the Indians' home day game at the Jake on what would be day 7, so maybe some shuffling is in order. Do they sell out?
Full day at Geauga Lake theme park.
Begin the journey home. For the journey home, I have no idea which route to take, but I like the idea of going south through Kentucky and going to Mammoth Cave. I would welcome scenic route and attractions recommendations as we will be in no hurry to get home. So far, that's what we've got. I won't have to go back to work until the Monday that would be day 18, but I'd like to get home with a few days to unwind. Provided the money holds out, we'll be able to truly enjoy our time together and have an excellent family experience.
So that's what I've got. Let me know if we're being realistic. We are all physically fit and in great shape, but as I've stated we'll keep it flexible should our pace start to take its toll. I used the AAA triptik tool to get a crude route using main hwys hoping to find more attractions and ideas, but I would definitely love to hear some first-hand recommendations.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for this awesome website! I will definitely log my trip and check in while on the road with updates.