West Coast road trip

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West Coast road trip

Postby california gal » Thu Aug 04, 2022 2:18 pm

We would like to do a USA road trip with my 3 children currently aged 3, 5 and 7 but my husband thinks that they are way too young and we should wait until they are early teens. I am wondering if anyone has done RV thing along route 66 or similar and if you did it with children what age they were or from experience what age would you recommend? Many thanks for any ideas C x
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Postby Janet14 » Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:11 am

Hi California Girl
Not only have I done this with a 5 year old (best holiday we ever went on!!!) in an RV but I’m also a travel agent who specialises in US road trips!! If you PM me I’d love to give you some advice 😁
Janet
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Postby kirsty55 » Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:26 am

Hiya, i would love to details of this travel agent ?

Many thxs
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Postby Janet14 » Mon Aug 08, 2022 8:52 am

Hi Kirsty
I cannot for the life of me work out how to PM you but if you can PM me I’ll get back to you!
Janet
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Postby Pomegranate » Mon Aug 08, 2022 12:22 pm

Hi Janet14
Bit cheeky but would you be happy to post your advice as I too am interested in making this trip at some point.
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https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/family-holidays
https://www.gitcombe.co.uk/
https://www.chateaucapitoul.com/en/chateau-hotel-spa-and-luxury-villas-narbonne
http://www.serjac.com/
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Postby FlightCentreNat » Mon Aug 08, 2022 2:34 pm

Hi
I'm a colleague of Janet's and she's asked me to respond on her behalf as she doesn't have a work profile on here.
So I've also done a road trip with young kids and also thought it was the best holiday ever!  We went around Texas and the Deep South and our boys were 5 and 8 at the time and I 100% didn't think it was too young.  I did quite a bit of research beforehand at the youngest age to take youngsters abroad where they are going to remember it etc etc and 5 seemed to be the minimum age.
We went around Texas in an RV and Deep South in a convertible and can 100% say that the RV was the best part.  Things I hadn't thought about for instance was the unpacking and repacking if you're doing car and hotels.  With an RV you unpack, settle and that's it, you're set but can still be on the road.  I just loved the freedom of it all.
We hired the RV through Cruise America which we can book for you here at Flight Centre and it was really comfortable.  We got the five berth for the four of us but the next size up is a seven berth and I have a few families who hire that if there are five of them.  There's a double bedroom at the back for the adults and the bed that's over the driving cabin is huge so although you can set up a bed at night over the dining table we just stuck to the bed over the cabin.  To give you an idea how big I'm 5.5 and was able to lie vertical and only just reach the end.  So no worries about kids rolling out.....
The emptying of the sewage and hooking up to electricity is really easy once you have done it once and we actually recorded the demonstration when we collected the vehicle so we could refer back to it if we needed to.
There's loads of storage space for bags etc underneath and tonnes of storage on board to properly unpack.
The kitchen facilities were all great and we of course ate out a lot and the toilet and shower worked well too.
I would definitely recommend getting a cable to connect your phone to listen to music but other than that it had everything we needed.
You do need to book the RV parks as far in advance as possible.
Although I did Texas in the RV I've also done two road trips around California too so very happy to give advice on that too.
If you'd like any help putting it together feel free to call me on my work number 07969 974008.
I'll be very jealous though, dying to go back and do it again - maybe Utah next time!
Nathalie
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Postby dudette » Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:54 pm

We did a lot of travelling with the kids when they were young but 3 is very young. I think our first trip was to Borneo when my youngest was 4 and that included only four nights of wildlife and jungle.

Just remember the distances in the US are vast. Places that look close together on a map can take hours of driving and the little ones could get very bored very quickly.

If you want to do a road trip I would recommend doing San Francisco to San Diego down the Big Sur (coastal road - think Cornwall on steroids!) and via LA. It’s a beautiful road and there are fun things for kids to see en route - Alcatraz, the Monterey Aquarium, lots of sea lions and elephant seals, Disneyworld, Hollywood and the San Diego zoo. Hearst Castle is amazing too. You’ll always have somewhere nice to break up the journey. We did it before kids in a week but doing it in two weeks will allow a much more leisurely approach. If you want to do it with hotels there are some beautiful ones to stop at. You could also do Yosemite and the Redwood national parks at the start although I’ve not been to those so not sure how suitable they’d be.
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Postby hadid21 » Fri Aug 12, 2022 1:56 pm

I traveled with my kids, it was amazing
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Postby 0007 » Mon Aug 15, 2022 3:12 pm

Would love to know more about road across US.
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https://www.gitcombe.co.uk/
https://www.chateaucapitoul.com/en/chateau-hotel-spa-and-luxury-villas-narbonne
http://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk

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