I'm in full force planning mode for our 4,000+ mile cross country trek this summer. It's one of my favorite things to do.....planning travel and creating itineraries.....so I'm just about giddy at this point. Never have taken a huge road trip like this, so I'm venturing into new territory. Lots to learn!
Our current plan, in pictures -
The car (please add a healthy layer of dirt to the exterior and screaming children inside).
The route going (which can and will be altered at any time to alleviate tantrums thrown by the children - or Blake):
From Kansas City.....to Dallas, TX.....for our neice's first birthday party. After a quick visit and 2 nights in town, we're on the road again! Carter will stay with Caroline and is flying to San Diego. Still can't figure out why Caroline doesn't want to drive 2,000 miles with us?
We're driving through the night in hopes the little ones will sleep a ton and make the trip that much quicker. However, Blake is insisting we go through Roswell, New Mexico, in order to look for my "real" relatives. I told him we wouldn't see much due to being there sometime around 4:00am. His response? "That's when UFOs show up."
It's going to be a long trip, folks.
So, we'll arrive in San Diego....get settled at the condo.....and pick up Caroline and Carter the following day. A whole lotta fun stuff planned for our near 2 week stay.
Lunch and sight seeing at the Del Coronado:
A couple of visits to Old Town, including an after-dark ghost tour!
Walks in the harbor and fun at Seaport Village.
A drive up to Anaheim for our 3rd visit to Disney. (Carter's 3rd, Jack's 2nd, Lainey's 1st)
A day at Legoland! Aunt Donna and cousins will be with us, too.
Lots of time taking in the view. I want to eat by the water. Drive by the water. Play by the water.
Picnics on the beach.....dinner preferably......while the sun is setting and the temperatures falling.
The water is calling me. I cannot wait.
The route back will be filled with many stops and at least one night at The Grand Canyon. Look at this view.
"It's only the biggest damn whole in the earth!"
A stop at the Four Corners is planned......and we will have a kid in each state (plus Blake, lucky guy!) for at least one photo. So very much our kind of stop to make.
Telluride, Colorado is next. Never been there.....looks lovely!
I'm sad to report that the world's largest ball of twine isn't near our route. I was really planning on it being as impactful as The Grand Canyon. Too bad. Dodge City is in reach, though.
I'm sure I will find lots more options after I crack open my Weird U.S. book and really start looking online at sites like http://www.roadsideamerica.com/.
We're all about the weird stuff. If you have any tips, send them my way!