Growing up, I took a lot of great road trips with my family, but it's to my lasting regret that I've never driven completely across the U.S. from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I'll be taking a 30 day sabbatical in summer '09, and plan to use the time to remedy that. I live in Brooklyn, NY and our trip will start from there. I'm married and have two small children (they'll be 6 and 3 by the time of the trip). We're considering renting a car and just driving one way, then flying home.
Another goal of the trip is to cover as many different states as possible. I want my kids to visit all 50 states by the time they're 18, and we're going to try to rack up a lot of them on this trip!
In a perfect world our trip could include the following:
Motown museum in Detroit
Madison, WI (always wanted to go there)
Salt Lake City
Joshua Tree, CA
I want to devote 23-25 days to this trip, and for the sake of the kids, I'd prefer not to drive more than 6 hours a day (with a few exceptions).
Is the above itinerary realistic? If not, and I can only do the "northern route" (The Oregon Trail) or the "southern route" (Route 66), anyone out there have a recommendation for a first-time cross country road tripper? And finally, am I insane to try to do this with two small kids?