We're considering the idea of JM and ds(almost)15, possibly ds22, driving across country to meet me there after the conference, and then driving back home together, checking out the Grand Canyon, etc on our way back.
I've been trying to navigate travel sites but am having a hard time getting the info I need. Does anyone have experience with this? How long, realistically, should it take the 2 of them to drive that distance? From our home to Vegas is a little over 2100 miles. What's the minimum amount of time we should consider to make this an enjoyable trip and not a nightmare?
Any tips, pointers, suggestions would be welcome. I'd also welcome any "WTF are you thinking? Are you crazy???" responses, if y'all think we're crazy.
Thanks in advance!
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Six days should be a very pleasant drive. 2100 miles divided by 6 days is 350 miles/day. At 60 mph that would be a little less than 6 hours/day (and nobody drives 60 on the interstates!). Between two drivers that is 3 hours each.
We drove 8-11, stopped for lunch, then 12-3, checked into our hotel and saw whatever there was in the area or swam in the pool. The only mitigating factor would be hotel costs, I would think. Maybe they could camp alternate days?
Grand Canyon is worth it - but have the national parks reopened? Everything was shut earlier due to the government budget impasse.
[This message edited by Lyonesse at 6:55 PM, October 28th (Monday)]
The guys are good travelers. We get along well when driving. But our longest trip has been from SC to St Pete and then back home in 5 days. About ten hours driving, iirc.
They could probably really bust it and go in 3 days, then we could take it easy on the way home, maybe.
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Since they will be doing it twice, can they take a more northern route on the way out? Then take a more southern route on the way back? That way they see different things.
Have fun!! I love road trips. I can't wait to drive to Alaska.
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[This message edited by travels at 7:11 PM, October 28th (Monday)]
Or a 16 hour driving trip (one way) with two kids, the youngest being 3.
We allow 10 days for the 16 hour trip. That's a little tight for our tastes.
When we drove 20 hours one way, we did that trip in 2.5 weeks. That pacing is quite awesome.
We generally suck it up right away and have one or two days of 6-8 hours of driving. Then we drive no more than 3 hours a day the rest of the trip to enjoy the sites. We also find we are much happier when we can stay put for a few days in the same location..
It just depends on the stamina of the drivers and the company that keeps them up and alert.
Plan for at least 2 days in Vegas (but you'll probably be sick of it by the time they arrive), at least a full day in the Canyon, and plan otherwise appropriately for any other sights/attractions you want to hit.
If you want any specifics about Vegas/the West, you can PM me.
I love those long road trips, though, and when you can take your time it's amazing and fun. We can't wait till our daughter is a bit older and we can take her across country; it's our favourite way to get home for a visit.
[This message edited by lost_in_toronto at 8:58 AM, October 29th (Tuesday)]
I can't speak to the time frame, but I will say plan and book EARLY!!! We did it on kind of a whim and by some miracle it worked. But the other people we talked to planned the whole trip a year in advance, and even then they couldn't always get the reservations they wanted because everything was already booked.
Check out everything you can. If you're planning on the Grand Canyon, you might also be able to see Zion national park. There is so much to see!
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Keep that in mind when deciding this. Some people really enjoy car trips and think this would be fun. For me, any car trip more than 4 hours I want to poke my eyes out and then throw myself from the moving car. But then I HATE car trips.
[This message edited by Dreamboat at 10:19 PM, October 29th (Tuesday)]
But if you've come that far, SoCal is only another 4-5 hours from Las Vegas, just in case you want to dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean...just sayin'
we just did a trip between Chicago and Yellowstone, and I think we averaged 70 easy. We did Chamberlain, SD to Evanston, IL, just over 700 miles, in one day (11 hours). I think that's sustainable for 3 days on Interstates in the West.
But do you want to go that fast. There's got to be a lot to see and visit along the way.
[This message edited by StillLivin at 2:44 PM, October 30th (Wednesday)]