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Old 03-03-2009, 09:13 AM
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Question need suggestions: thinking about driving across the country this summer...

we have rented a cabin in durango for our upcoming summer vacation. i'm half-considering driving to do some site-seeing along the way. i would take 6 full days to drive out there from baltimore. i know the drive can be made pretty comfortably (given the constraints of 2 young kids in the car) in 3 days. that would give us 3 days for site-seeing along the way.

the idea would be to do some light camping a couple of nights (won't have space for too much gear) a long the drive. i would give highest priority to national parks and other historical/natural sites...not mega-malls, factory outlets or amusement parks!

I-70 provides the most direct route, but i'm not sure it offers the best sites in terms of what i'm looking for...although we could hit some parts of the lewis & clark trail. maybe I-40 through TN and AR would be better?

given those parameters, what route offers the best scenery/sites? if you have any specific recommendations on where to stop that would be great too.

thanks!
jack

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I love travel by the seat of my pants. I'm not sure the Mrs. and I could handle the effects of kids in the mix.
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am i the only one stupid enough to consider a cross-country roadtrip with kids???

come on guys...i read all your posts...so i know some of you are definitely dumber than me!!!



seriously, no ideas on good national parks between maryland and colorado???
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
am i the only one stupid enough to consider a cross-country roadtrip with kids???

come on guys...i read all your posts...so i know some of you are definitely dumber than me!!!



seriously, no ideas on good national parks between maryland and colorado???
Sorry fella.

You're own your own as far as I'm concerned. Good luck.

Second thought, Blue Ridge Parkway, sports car minus the kids staying at the in-laws might work. Other than that please reread my post.

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I'd do it in a heartbeat. We live in a beautiful country and you can't begin to see it from an airplane. But the first thing I'd do is to rent a small motorhome to make the trip in. That way everyone can have things to entertain them and a place to sleep, eat and hit the head when they need to. Kids are tough to entertain for long periods, but they do a lot better when they have more resources to keep them occupied.
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Skip the drive and explore the southwestern Colorado area with the extra time. Ouray(little Switzerland), Telluride, Molass Pass, Wolf Creek, Four Corners, Indian ruins, lots of lakes, fishing, etc.
I have made the drive across on I-40 and camped in alot of state parks, loved Tennessee the most. But Southern Colorado has alot to see. Great choice for summer vacation.
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Great idea, why not. If you aren't already a AAA member become a member then go sit down with one of the travel counselers and they will map a route with you, show you all the sights you may or may not want to see on the way and customize your trip with a "triptik", esentially a map in a booklet form which has your individual route. You can get travel books for the all states you will travel through showing restaurants/lodging and sights and any maps you want all included for like 60/year fee. Greatest money ever spent for roadtrips. (you can do the whole in the thing online now as well but sitting with the person is better).

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Pick up a DVD player or lap top computer and load up on movies. Get head phones for the device. Listening to constant Barney movies will make you crazy. Don't give the kids any sweets - none at all. No soda, yogurt, or orange juice. I travel cross country every year, and my kids eat turkey sandwiches. Something in the turkey makes them sleepy.

The high altitude may bother some in the family for a few days. Headache and trouble sleeping are common but these go away in a day or two. Lots of folks around these parts use Rolaids (not tums) to help with altitude problems when they go up high. Not sure why they work, but I use them the first day or two when I head above 8500 and they really help.
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we've already got AAA and would would defintely use the triptik services once we decide on the main sites we want to hit along the way.

this is out 5th trip to colorado and the 2nd with kids. we love it enough that we've bought some land out there -- i call it my "chunk of mountain and a dream". the kids have no problem with altitude either...last time we were out there we stayed in a cabin at 10,500 ft!

our car has all the kid-friendly devices. we've driven a couple of times to florida. i even hook up the old gamecube to the built-in dvd player so they can play games. the kids will be 7 and 9 by the time th trip comes around, so barney has long since been out of the dvd rotation. it's all about star wars:clone wars and hanna montana in our house.

i'm really on the fence though -- as edale pointed out, there's tons to do in the state...we would probably fly into denver and take a couple of stops to get to durango...probably would stop for a day/night near breckenridge (that's where we bought our land).

i was checking out the national parks site last night looking for stops that would not be too far out of the way. mammouth cave in kentucky looks like it would be a cool stop...about 11-hour drive from b-more, so the timing would be good for a stop there too. anyone been there?

after that though, i didn't really find anything of interest in AK, OK, etc. i could break my amusement park rule and stop at six flags over texas...

then maybe a couple of the native american sites in NM for the third stop?

the real problem is the return trip. we would not have the time to stretch out the drive coming back...3 straight days...ugh!
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Originally Posted by edale99 View Post
Skip the drive and explore the southwestern Colorado area with the extra time. Ouray(little Switzerland), Telluride, Molass Pass, Wolf Creek, Four Corners, Indian ruins, lots of lakes, fishing, etc.
I have made the drive across on I-40 and camped in alot of state parks, loved Tennessee the most. But Southern Colorado has alot to see. Great choice for summer vacation.
I agree....

Fly to Salt Lake City and rent an RV. Head to Southern Utah and see, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce and Zion NP's.

Utah is the most diverse state in the country !

http://www.nps.gov/state/ut/

It can get HOT in the summer.....spring and fall would be best !


Geeze.....I just notice you mentioned Durango ! Plenty to see and do around that area. Ouray, Telluride, Silverton Railroad.

Have a great time !
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^hmmm...didn't even consider flying into utah...that's worth looking at. i've not done any of their national parks. good idea!

and the silverton narrow gauge will definitely be on the itinerary...along with mesa verde, a rafting trip on the animas...looking forward to all of it!

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Come on man, don't mention cross-country trips on the internet, one of those three letter news agencies are gonna catch wind of it, call it news, and gas prices will go up. (remember fog in the Persian gulf causes prices to go up!)

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