We are officially ONE month away from our BIG road trip, and I think we have a solidified road trip plan. We have a mini van rented, hotel rooms booked, and a loose itinerary for what to do when we get to each place. For this coast-to-coast road trip we’ll drive through 11 states, spend 13 nights in hotels, travel at least 2,800 miles, spend 45+ hours in the car (God, help us!), enjoy different regional cuisine, and get to see sites from different parts of the country! Whew! Are we there yet?!
We usually drive the south, I-10 route through Louisiana and south Texas when we drive to New Mexico, but since we’ve done that drive way too many times to count, we decided to switch things up and see new places. Our original plan was to rent an RV, but because car seats aren’t exactly approved in them, we sadly ditched that idea and decided to rent a mini van instead. My parents are flying out and driving one of the vehicles with us, so we’ll be caravanning it from coast to coast…and we can’t wait!
If you’ve been around here for awhile then you know how much we love road trips, and I’m really excited for this new route we’re taking. This is our plan, and I’m officially open to any and all suggestions on where/what to eat and things to do. I’m also in need of a hashtag for this trip (because, that’s clearly a priority)!
The Road Trip Plan:
- Cherokee, North Carolina (1 night)
- Stopping at the Cabbage Patch Hospital, and in Helen, GA
- Nashville, Tennessee (1 night)
- Stopping in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and visiting friends in Nashville
- St. Louis, Missouri (2 nights)
- Spending more time here, but I have no idea what to do. It looks like there is SO much to do in St. Louis, so tell me all about the best things for families. I’ve seen a lot of free activities, and I’m not one to shy away from free!
- Salina, Kansas (1 night)
- Also, if you know of any great eats/stops between STL and Salina, or from Salina to Colorado, please let me know!
- Colorado Springs, Colorado (1 night)
- We’re staying at a TownePlace Suites in Garden of the Gods. I’ve been there before, but my husband hasn’t, so we’re going to check that out the morning before we hit the road again. I love Colorado Springs, and we almost stayed there for two nights, but our next two stops trumped that idea.
- Moab, Utah (3 nights)
- We are SO excited for this stay. Moab is home to Arches National Park, and we’re planning on hiking and seeing all that there is to see in Moab. My husband and I already have a reservation for a guided hike around the Fiery Furnace, but we’re looking to add something else on to our stay there. If you’ve been there I’d love to hear all about it! We’re also open to great scenic drives in the area.
- Springdale, Utah (2 nights)
- Similar to Moab, we’re spending extra time here to check out Zion National Park. So much beautiful packed into Utah; we can’t wait to see it all! We’re also open to great scenic drive in the area.
- Las Vegas, Nevada (2 nights)
- We’re going to Vegas, and we’ll have babysitters (my parents), so this clearly deserved a two-night stay.
- San Diego (3+ years)
- We found a house in San Diego(!!!), but it won’t be ready to move into until the middle of July, so until then, we’ll be staying in an AirBnB I found. I’m crossing my fingers it’s a good place; they have an outdoor space for our dog, and the size of it should work for our family. We’ll be cramped, but it’s just for a few weeks. It turns out that the Marine Air Station we’re going to doesn’t have a TLF or any pet-friendly places, so an AirBnb was the next best alternative.
Okay, so there you have it, our epic, coast-to-coast road trip plan. There’s a lot that needs to happen before we leave (you know, like packing up all of our stuff), but this trip is my light at the end of the tunnel. I’m so excited for it, and I can’t wait to share different parts of the trip with you.
Now it’s your turn…spill it! Tell us where we need to stop and where we need to eat!