I took four cross-country roadtrips with my wife and two kids - Ask Me Anything
Planning a summer vacation? Our family (I, wife, two kids) have taken cross-country (from the LA area to the east coast) roadtrips in our Prius four times over the past five summers. So if you've got questions about summer roadtrips, I'll do my best to answer them below. Questions (and answers from other readers) welcomed!
Where did you find the worst drivers?
My question is this.....Are you Nuts?
I'd vote Ohio for worst drivers, but roads in Ohio seem to have a pattern of merging middle lanes together rather than ending the far-right lane at a merge, which creates some nasty situations. So I'd be inclined to blame road design as much as the drivers in Ohio.
The golden years for taking kids on road trips are the years between getting out of the car seat and starting puberty. Eliminating car seats eliminates quite a bit of hassle of long distances in the car (you can switch seats more easily, etc.) and after kids hit their big growth spurt, it becomes tough to spend too long in the back seat unless you have some big, gas-guzzling SUV, which makes the economics of the road trip quite a bit more difficult.
How many times did you threaten to kill your kids, and why was it twenty?
Threats are for losers. A true Ninja attacks without warning.
Robert, if you liked Fredericksburg, then I assume you like German towns. Have you ever been to Helen, Georgia? If you don't, I recommend you going there next time you come to Florida by car. It's a beautiful German town on the hills of North Georgia. River tubing is very popular there.
Never heard of Helen, GA, but I'll put it on the to-do list.
Helen is pretty charming to walk around for a few hours and maybe go tubing, but the nearby parks/forests are the true gems with hiking galore!
We're not big fans of I-10. We try to avoid big national fast-food chains as much as we can, but there just wasn't a whole lot of vibrant local business along the very empty stretches of I-10.
What, in your opinion, is the most scenic part of the country?
Just my personal favorites: California coast, Vermont, western Maryland.
Worst drivers: New Jersey
For the record, here are our four trips:
I was saving this for a later thread, but here's as good of a time as any.
James, for Dollywood, take advantage of the "after 3, next day free" deal. It can get you a lot of extra time in the park. It's hard to have a bad time at Dollywood.
Both parks offer exceptionally friendly employees, good food and solid attractions. I'll defer to people who've visited them more often for specific trip advice, though I will say that I've found finding a place to stay near Holiday World to be tough. We've always ended up sandwiching it between other stops on our trips (Bloomington, Ind. and Cincinnati), rather than staying somewhere nearby.
How many hours a day of driving? Do you reserve hotel rooms along the way? Have you driven to the Grand Canyon?
Yeah, but our Prius gets 45mpg. And with relatively little kids in the back, there was plenty of room.
Robert, during the International festival, Dollywood had a show called "Mother Africa" with dancers, musicians, and acrobats. Currently, I believe that they are rotating artists and short term shows in that theater.
Have you ever driven to Yellowstone? There is a section of the road between Salt Lake City and Yellowstone with a center lane that can be used in both directions to by pass trucks. It was scary because cars going the opposite direction use it at the same time.
We've had Yellowstone scheduled on two of our trips, but it's been the last cut each time. That's our top remaining priority if we ever take another big trip again.
Yellowstone is the Disneyland of the national parks, so go there next time. It's great for families.
Our Grand Canyon trip was in the middle of a
My trick for Holiday World has always been to stay in Louisville. First off, Louisville is a pretty cool town (and with Kentucky Kingdom back alive, you can grab a few extra credits while you're there). But the beauty trick with Louisville is that it's in a different time zone than Santa Claus. You can get in your car at 9:30, drive an hour and a half, and be at the park in time for a 10:00 opening.
Agreed on Louisville as a good place to stay for Holiday World. I keep forgetting about that time difference.
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