I'm excited to have found this forum! We're planning our next summer road trip, but it's a little longer than our previous ones, so I'm looking for some advice.
Ever since our kids were five, we've done a roughly three-week road trip, half camping and half at inexpensive motels. We've been from Georgia to Colorado/Yellowstone, Glacier/Yellowstone, SW Colorado/New Mexico, and several east coast destinations like West Virginia, Maine and upstate New York. My husband is an avid flyfisherman, so we're often heading to places to find trout.
This year we'd like to get to California, but when you look at the map, it's another third of the continent farther than Yellowstone. Three weeks is about my maximum to be away from home. We usually do serious driving the first 2-3 days (800 miles per day) to get some distance behind us, and then we don't quite press it as hard. I don't like to set the tents up just for one night, and three is really my preference. I'd love to hear other people's ideas on this distance with my time limitations.
Also, I'm wondering what experiences people have had with southern Utah or going across the middle of Nevada. We're thinking about going to Arches National Park (a child's request), then the northern rim of Grand Canyon, up to Yosemite, then back across to Colorado. Nevada looks so desolate. Our kids (triplet boys) will be 14 by then, so if anyone has some fun ideas for them, I'd love to hear them as well.