Originally Posted by wiredmeyer
Just bought our 16' CCD today in blue.... We are planning a Palo Alto to Georgia run starting the 1st week of August for 2 weeks. We have 2 little ones with us...
First, congratulations...the 16' Bambi is really a very family friendly trailer. My wife and I and our two kids - 4 and 2 - have taken a pair of long trips (down to Orlando and up to PEI) and many short ones and have really loved staying in our Airstream. That said...
I assume you're going I-5 to I-40?
There are a million things to see in California - but I'd suggest getting past LA as soon as you can since anything before LA you can visit later on long weekend trips. Once past LA...
The Mojave is beautiful - but in August you're really limited to the nature you can see from air conditioning. Joshua Tree and the Salton Sea are stunning and have amazing wildlife - but it is a significant detour and again not so good in August.
You might consider going up into Nevada via I-15/93 to see Las Vegas and/or the Hoover Dam.
Once you get to Arizona you MUST detour up to the Grand Canyon (but you already knew that).
Traveling on to New Mexico you should head up to Sante Fe and Los Alamos. Many beautiful places, great food, and cooler weather.
In Texas, you should arrange to arrive in Amarillo for dinner. The Big Texan Steak Ranch is a lot of fun - full of atmosphere and you might even get a 'floor show' of someone attempting the 72oz free steak dinner. Assuming you like steak the food is even reasonable.
I found Oklahoma in Summer to be hot and boring and best driven through quickly - but I'm sure there are others on the forum who can tell you differently!
Arkansas has the Ozark and Ouachita national forests - beautiful country. Little Rock is a nice little city...but I'd spend my time in...
Memphis, TN. Great food and great music if you can find some sort of daytime festival (also great music at night...but not with young kids).
At this point you can go north and down (I-40 to I-24) or south and up (78 to I-20). North and down is slightly longer but has...
Nashville, TN - more eats, more music, more fun places to see....and...
Chattanooga, TN - The Tennessee aquarium is a must see with kids - and yes, I've been to the Monterey aquarium about a dozen times. The Tennessee aquarium is very different - it features the life of rivers and streams and manages to capture that 'feel' by routing you through and around some amazing aquatic exhibits.
You didn't say where in GA you were headed - but there is a world of things to do and see around Atlanta. Stone Mountain the park and Stone Mountain the amusement park are both good for kids. For eats, Everybody's Pizza in Emory is a personal favorite and the Varsity drive-in (burgers, etc) something of an institution.
Hope you have a great trip!