MrsBear Posted March 3, 2012 Share Posted March 3, 2012 Since DS is turning 8 this year and DH has told him since he was little that he'd go on his first big hike in campout with him at 8, we're planning that and just decided that we're going to add to that and extend it to be a month long road trip. DH will be with us for ten days, then return home to work, and I'll continue along doing a huge loop, getting us home again a few weeks later. I know this is crazy! But we just see such a huge opportunity to see a really big swath of the US and really make it an educational experience. Right now the plan is that we'll rent an SUV so that any potential road problems are the car rental company problem, not mine to manage on the road with two kids. That and we don't have to add almost 7,500 miles to my aging minivan, and we'll be able to access more areas requiring a high clearance in an SUV than my minivan too. At this point, my draft includes our driving out to Colorado Springs as our first stop, where we can do the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Pike's Peak and the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (we've previously visited Garden of the Gods). Then: Glenwood Springs Grand Junction area Moab (DH would fly in here)(Arches & Canyonlands) Durango area (Mesa Verde; DS & DH camping here) Kokpelli's Cave overnight stay (it just looks so cool) Four Corners Mexican Hat (Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods) Chinle (Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest) Pine Top Globe Phoenix (DH would fly home from here) Palm Desert - Joshua Tree Sequoia NP Kings Canyon Yosemite Carmel to Eureka Coast Redwoods NP Grants Pass Bend Mt. Hood Portland Craters of the Moon Yellowstone NP Teton NP Cheyenne, WY Lincoln, NB Suggstions for what to do and how long to stay....if some places should be added, some removed.....places to eat that are mom & pop instead of chain restaurants, etc.....tourist traps to avoid.....gems to not miss! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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