Hi all! I'm new to this forum and am looking forward to learning more about what I'll need to plan a successful trip this summer. My husband will have a 30 day sabbatical starting in June, and we are looking to plan a 30 day crosscountry camping/bunking with relatives trip - with 4 kids in tow ages 12, 9, 5, and 4. Yeah, we're nuts, but always up for an adventure.
Anyway, our basic idea at this point is the following: leaving home in Northern Virginia near Washington, DC, heading to relatives just outside of NY City over 4th of July, then on to relatives in Chicago, then across the north to see Mt. Rushmore and portions of Yellowstone. (Yes, I know that is a lot of territory there)
Next, on down to Tahoe, then to San Francisco and down the coast (camping with the occaisional hotel stay) to LA and another family visit, then to San Diego for a few days for a longer break at my folks, then on to the Grand Canyon, back northward to relatives in Boulder area of Colorado, then end back near Williamsburg, VA for a few days at Busch Gardens/Water Country before heading home.
Yeah, a lot, and we are kind of at a loss as to where to stop between Colorado and Virginia on the last leg - Gulf Coast? We've got friends/family in Atlanta.
Looking for any advice.
Our main objectives are to see highlights at each stop, focusing mostly on outdoor activities - hiking, hot springs, the occaisional horseback ride (iffy with the 2 younger ones, I know), just enjoying nature and the amazing sights of the nation.
So, are we completelly crazy, or is this something that might be doable? We have a suburban and are considering loading that up with a camp kitchen, our huge 2-room tent, etc and driving that around - thought about renting an RV, but worried about gas and getting around in city areas/parking with such a sizeable vehicle. Interested to hear from others with far more experience! Thanks!