The retro family roadtrip is back!

Filed under: Activities: Babies, Places To Go

Tonight we are expecting a blizzard and 18 inches of snow. I'm not kidding!

Sitting here in my bed anticipating this April surprise inspired me to pull up a home movie of our family road trip last year to visit my parents in Arizona. Now, traveling across country with four kids in a minivan may sound like hell to some, but my husband Sean and I had a blast. It took us back to our own childhood days and I think it's one of those rites of passage that bonds and defines your clan as a bonafide all-American family.

We traveled 32 hours to Phoenix through the plains, a Rocky Mountain snowstorm, and some of the most amazing desert vistas in Utah and Arizona that you can imagine. After the trip, when I asked my five-year-old what he most remembered from our road trip, he said: "For the rest of my life, I will never forget Chucky Cheese." Yup, that was his favorite part of the trip. So much for the Rocky Mountains.

Hopefully, my son's depressing recollection won't keep you from taking on the All-American road trip with your family. The truth is that our kids love looking back on the pictures and videos of the trip as much as we do and I know it is something that they will look back on even more fondly in years to come.

What are some of your favorite family road trip memories? How did they differ from your kids' recollections?

To plan your own family road trip, check out these helpful tips.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.