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  1. Default Arkansas to Oceanside, CA via I-40 w/ kids

    Leaving in a few days on a roadtrip vacation. Going to my sisters in California and doing the beach and Disneyland.

    What are some "must-see" & "must-do's" along I-40 that would be good for a family. We are hurrying on the way out there and taking our time coming back home. We are doing the Grand Canyon and Williams, AZ on the way home so we can mark that off the list. Anything will be appreciated.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Must?

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America forums!

    We don't necessarily believe in a single set of stops that everyone 'must see'. Rather each traveler or family should decide for themselves what they'd like to see from among all the possible places along their way, and maybe a few a bit out of their way. In your case part of what will determine what you should see is how much time you'll have available to you on your way home. You will need a minimum of 3 days just to cover the distance, but even that would be pressing it with young children. They are simply not going to sit still in a car for three days straight with only the most minimal stops for food, fuel and bathrooms (the kind of driving needed to make it in three days). To make the drive comfortable (both ways) you'll need to add a fourth day and give the kids some time outs every few hours. Then add another day for the detour to and enjoyment of the Grand Canyon. If you have still more time on the return, you can start to add places like Walnut Canyon National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Petroglyph National Monument, the Cadillac Ranch, and the Oklahoma City Memorial.


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