NY to CA with kids - May 2003
I'm trying to plan a road trip from upstate NY to the Los Angelos area with my daughters, age 14 and 10 (and possibly my sister and her 8 yr. old daughter). We have about THREE WEEKS for this adventure! We can begin this trip anytime(early May) but must be in Simi Valley, CA by Monday, May 12th and stay until the 18th or 19th. (Visiting my brother- his wedding is the 17th)
We will be traveling in a new caravan(8 passenger) and I do have AAA.
I'll probably need to make frequent stops to break-up the driving for the kids sake. Maybe drive four or five hours then stop for an hour? I'll keep driving if the kids are sleeping or otherwise content. I do plan on stopping at night for sleep.
Any advice for this trip? Routes we should or shouldn't take? FUN and interesting stops(very important to keep the kids happy!)Best places to stay over? Camp grounds, motels, rest areas? Places and things to avoid?
Some things I've thought about; ghost towns, dude ranch, whitewater rafting, nice beaches for wave-riding, amusement parks, caverns/caves, breath-taking scenery.(definetly want to see The Grand Canyon!)I'm willing to spend $ on things worth-while but will need to save in other areas.
Well, thanks for reading! Hope to hear from you soon. : )
An adventure in the making!
A three-week rite of passage. Three weeks for a round trip or one-way? If this is a round trip, it will be a minimum of 5700 miles and really closer to 7000 miles if you are planning to go to the beach, check out ghost towns etc. 8 days should be set aside and considered "official" driving days -- that will allow a reasonable number of hours for driving the longish distances. With the six days spent in the Simi Vallley ares, you still have a nice time window to see some great stuff.
Your route on at least one leg will include I-70 over the Colorado Rockies -- with recent snow they are going to be gorgeous.
Let us know if this is a round trip and we will be able to make some suggestions.
Round trip NY to CA
Thanks for replying, Mark.
This is a round trip adventure! : )
Hi there! Does anyone have advice for me....please? : )
There is a roadtrippers guide book that you might find useful for finding some of those unique and wonderful places. Surprisingly it was written by a British roadtripper. Go to http://www.roadtripamerica.com/read/uk.htm and check out "Drive USA".
If I were traveling with kids I would also check out the destinations mentioned in "Watch it Made" one of our all-time roadtripping books. The book provides and incredible choice of factory tours that appeal to children of every age. http://www.roadtripamerica.com/read/guides.htm#watch
In general -- St Louis Arch, Tombstone, AZ, Badlands NP, Wyoming State Fair in Douglas, WY, Zion NP,