So a few weeks ago, I was told that I had to take 7 days off before April 1st (fiscal year end) or lose them. I happily got approval to take off March break with my kids.
But finances and planning time is tight, so ROAD TRIP, here we come.
I have been busy getting all my ducks in a row for the trip (new passport, confirm health insurance, car in for tuneup, snow tires off, etc) and have done virtually NO planning.
Can dopers help me out? Here is my current plan, can you suggest some “do not miss” stops on my general itinerary. We are very flexible, but low on $$.
Start location: Ottawa Ont, Can
Destination: South, preferably with at least some time near the ocean.
Travellers: Mum + 3 boys: 16, 13, 9. Only one driver. We know the trip to North Carolina well (we used to go windsurfing in Cape Hatteras every spring), but kids have never been further south, and I have only had a couple of of short visits in Florida.
Plan: Drive south down I-81, Pennsylvania turnpike, I-95 to points south. Stopping when there are interesting things to see and do. (Note: approx 24hr drive time to get to Orlando area)
Dates: Leaving early Sat morning (10th March) returning by following Sunday
Thoughts on weather: Atlantic seaboard has a couple of days of stormy weather forecast (timing changes depending how far south you are) Inland and gulf Florida forecasted to be in low-mid 80s all next week with only sunny/cloudy periods all week.
We have done these sorts of road-trips before. I tend to stop regularly and talk to the locals: “We are on a road-trip, what should we not miss around here?”. People love to talk about where they live and want to show it off to outsiders. I find it works great!
We will be bringing a tent & sleeping bags and are all experienced campers (although this is really just a cheapness trick this trip, not bringing much equipment) (State & Nat’l parks look to have lots of space still and are very reasonable pricewise) We will both camp & motel.
So dopers, tell me, “Where should I go?” " Where should I stay?" “What should I not miss?” “Am I crazy?” “Anything these naive Canadians should be careful about?”