Making the Most out of a Driving Vacation

August 8, 2012

Florida, Planning, Travel Tips

So far this year we’ve clocked over 5000 driving miles – and the year is not close to being over! We try to make the most of a driving vacation. We’ve spent a lot of time on the road with our toddler, especially this year when she turned two and can no longer be a lap baby for FREE… never thought I would be so sad for her to get older!
Toddler in the car

So aside from taking breaks every 2 hours and swapping driving almost as frequently, we broke up our drives by finding tourist sights that could be “quick and easy”.

On the way to Florida, we stopped and saw the “World’s largest Rubiks Cube” in Knoxville, Tennesee.  Note that although websites tell you its at the Convention and Exhibition Center, it is actually in the Holiday Inn right across the street.
world's largest rubiks cube
World's Largest Rubiks cube

Although large, the hotel had some construction going on and we had to ask where to find it.  Turns out we walked right by it.  It took longer to find parking to see this thing than to actually get our toddler from the parking garage to the hotel (while also checking the convention center).  It was a decent enough 45 minute break (a little longer than we planned).On the way back from Florida, we stopped at the world’s largest peanut monument in Ashburn, Georgia.

World's largest peanut
It was raining so we couldn’t really take pictures other than from the car on the way by it.  Still it was something that changed up the monotonous drive!

Sometimes our stops have not always been about seeing the sights either.  On a drive to Maine we stopped in upstate New York for food, but did not want the typical grub you get off the highway.  I used my UrbanSpoon app and we found Jimmy’s Pizza in the middle of nowhere.

Pizza place
Pizza

Restaurant road trips

Kid approved!  For $10 after tax we could not believe we found this hole-in-the-wall-like place with very good pizza.  No bathrooms but this was okay at the time since our kid is still in diapers.

Making the most of a driving vacation is really quite easy with the internet and a smart phone.  You can research ahead (just google) about different sights in various states and map it out.

The “biggest” items we saw from above I had found from an article I had cut out years ago with odd monuments around the U.S.  So if you read something that sounds interesting, add it to your bucket list so you don’t forget years later!

Tips:
- Have fun and don’t stress if a stop takes longer than you planned!  It’s just the way it goes with kids!
- If you are not sure where to start in researching where to stop, go to your local AAA office if in the U.S. and ask for their help.  Advice is free!

Related Posts:
Saving While Driving on Vacation
Driving with a Newborn
Kids Packing List for the Driving Vacation
Holding Out on Technology

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