I am planning a summer road trip from Raleigh, NC, to Montpelier, VT...MapQuest puts it at 805 miles. After reading a wealth of information from this site, I will shoot for 500 miles the first day which will put me somewhere around Hutchinson River Parkway and I-95 (just crossing over to Connecticut).
I am a "solo" driver traveling with 3 young children. A few questions:
How do you plan out the trip; i.e., Do you make hotel reservations & how/where or do you drive until you pull off the interstate and hit any hotel in the area?
Is there a way to find some "fun" stopping spots along my route for the kid's to stretch their legs?
Is MapQuest enough (it is pretty much all interstate driving) or do I need a map for each state?
Any tips for a first timer will be appreciated. Thanks!