From East Coast to West : A Family Road Trip Across America

Now that the boys are getting older, we can start to plan how we will explore the World with them throughout their lifetimes. As a parent, I understand just how important education is, but I also see how travelling, and seeing new Countries for themselves will educate them even more than I could imagine. 

America is the one place that both my husband and I have always wanted to visit. It's such a vast place though that it would mean taking some time out to be able to enjoy it as a whole. From the Eastern Coast of New York, through to rental cabins in Colorado, finishing up at the far west of Los Angeles.

And it's something that we are planning for the future, once the boys can take such a long haul flight, and we have plenty of time to work out the itinerary to make sure we fit every last drop of scenery and history in. 

The main bulk of our trip would require us renting a campervan and taking to the highways for the most amazing roadtrip of a lifetime, staying in different states as we go. For us though, there are 3 main States that we have on our list of where to go - New York, Colorado and California. I feel that those three States all give us something different. 

New York
Taking time slowly, having a leisurely stroll and a picnic in Central Park, we could spend a whole day exploring the park and still need time for more. Starting in the South of the park, Gapstow Bridge arches over the Pond and offers one of the best views of Midtown from Central Park. The Central Park Zoo would be a perfect place for the boys to see the animals and the Carousel for some much needed fun. There are so many things to view in Central Park, from the Alice in Wonderland statue, to the Delacorte Clock and the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain 

Although Central Park plays a big part of New York's' attraction, my husband is set on visiting the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty too. Can you imagine standing tall on the Empire State Building and seeing for miles and miles, over the whole of New York and beyond. 

And then waiting for nighttime to come so that we can go and see the bright lights and Broadway shows at Times Square. But for me, the beautiful skyline of New York is something that I've dreamt of seeing though. Sitting at the window watching the sun slowly setting in the distance, I can just imagine how stunning it really is!

From the skyscrapers of New York, the landscape turns truly rural when you arrive in Colorado. As a western U.S. state, Colorado has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains, which are partly protected by Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Colorado has more than its share of stunning natural attractions, but sometimes the kids are eager for a little more than mountain vistas and scenic drives. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is a perfect place to cool off, with little-kid-friendly rides and slippery water slides. There is also the Children’s Museum of Denver amongst other museums as well as The Wild Animal Sanctuary so they can get up close and personal with some of Colorado's animals. 

Colorado Springs is probably one of the most well known places in Colorado - Sat at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It lies near glacier-carved Pikes Peak, a landmark in Pike National Forest with hiking trails and a cog railway leading to its 14,114 foot. summit. The city's Garden of the Gods park features iconic red-sandstone formations and mountain views - can you imagine that amazing trek to get to this overwhelming view at the end!

What's more, Colorado isn't just known for its sand dunes and canyons. One of the reasons the boys are so set on visiting, is because they want to find out how come somewhere so warm, can have snowy mountains that you can learn to ski on!

And lastly, we've had the buildings and the skyline on New York, we've had the canyons and the mountains of Colorado, now it's time to get to the relaxing beaches of California. I mean, it's such a vast place and would keep us busy for a long time - even just visiting the sights would take days, if not weeks.

Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the centre of the nation’s film and television industry and would be at the top of our places to visit when we pop over the pond. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours which the boys would adore to learn all about their favourite films and see where they were filmed. 

We could do the Walk of Fame down Hollywood Boulevard and lust in stores that we'd never be able to afford to even shop in. T has already told us that he wants to visit Griffith Observatory so that he can see the stars close up and then it;s time to hit the beach so we can relax on our last few days of the road trip, before flying home and getting back to the daily grind.

I mean, it's an amazing dream coming true for us and would mean taking the boys out of school for 3 month so that we could do everything we wanted whilst over in America. And we will get there. It'll take some time, and it'll take some saving - but it's the trip of a lifetime, and we'll get there in the end!


  1. This would be an amazing adventure, one that is also on my list for the future.

  2. Its a dream of mine to do this in my lifetime - certainly one im looking forward too

  3. It sounds heavenly and something your children will remember for years to come.