First, thanks for providing this forum. I've went over a lot of post to get some ideas for out trip but didn't see much on this topic. We are planning a June road trip from Murrieta (SoCal), CA to Cleveland, OH for 4 days of driving. Spend a week there and drive 1 day from Cleveland to Washington, DC. Spend a week there and then drive 1 day from DC to Raleigh, NC. We'll spend another week there then head back home for another 4 day drive from NC to CA. Our two kids are 4 and 5 1/2 years old. I plan to rest overnight at chain hotels during the CA to OH and NC to CA drives. I will utilize our DVD system, Leap Frog Leapsters and plenty of rest stops to the fullest. Example:
Day 1 - Murrieta, CA to Richfield, UT 560 miles 8 hrs
Day 2 - Richfield, UT to Fort Morgan, CO 544 miles 8 hrs
Day 3 - Fort Morgan, CO to Des Moines, IA 597 miles 8 hrs 30 min
Day 4 - Des Moines, IA to Cleveland, OH 665 miles 10 hrs 35 min
Total: 2354.28 Miles 34 Hours 44 Minutes (Not including Gas and Rests)
1. Would this be too much of a drive for our kids? 8 hours a day ok?
2. MapQuest says from I-15 go towards Denver I-70 then I-76 up to I-80 while Google Maps and Yahoo Maps say from I-15 go towards Salt Lake City up to I-80 where the rest of the way is the same with all maps. Which way is a more comfortable ride for the family? Would be driving through the mountains on the I-70 towards Denver be dangerous or take longer than the other?
3. I've read some say go more north and use the I-90 instead of the I-80 as it's closer to some national sites. If I did this, would it deviate my 4 days much and is it a safe major highway? I don't want to drive 2 lane roads and stop lights.