Last summer we loaded the kids into the mini-van and headed off to visit some of the National Parks and Monuments of the Southwest armed with little more than my Trip Planner, a few maps, some travel guides and our Rock Hounding equipment.
We started our family adventure in East Bay area of San Francisco Bay, in California. The kids were HUGE Dinosaur Fans, so our first big stop was Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, then south to Delta, Utah for a little Trilobite hunting. From there we went to Bryce National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, then west to Zion National Park. After all that nature, it was time for a stop in Las Vegas to clean the dust of of the kids in those fabulous swimming pools... finally, we headed back north again through Sequoia National Park, and then on to home.
It was an ambitious route for two weeks. A lot of planning went in to the success of this trip. I plotted drive time, overnight stays, and at least one excursion tailored to each person. Still, there was plenty of unscheduled time, and we also ran into some unexpected fun
I'd love to share our trip with you. (I promise it won't be like sitting through the slide show of your neighbor's vacation in snooze-ville....grin).
The first bit of this page is mostly about the planning... the details of the trip come after that. Make yourself comfy... and off we go....