Thursday, February 26, 2009

CA Here We Come!

Ok, well, not actually yet, but in April. We will be going to CA for my brother's wedding. But I figured, while we are there.... Disneyland! My sis lives in S. CA so she is going to get us the locals discount.

We are planning on driving but there is a argument discussion at home about whether we should do the trip in one day or two. I say we split it. Drive half way, spend the night, then drive the rest. JM wants to drive the whole 12 hours in one shot. I think my 2 1/2 year old will not do well with 12 hours in the car. Any thoughts?

For those who have made this trek, where do you stop/stay for the half way point? Vegas, Mesquite, St. George?

14 comments:

Erin said...

We drove to Seattle, Washington in one straight shot with a 2 1/2 year old. Lots of snacks, and lots of potty breaks.

Good luck!

Jillene said...

We did this drive last April. We split it up and stayed over-night in Vegas. The kids were thankful. My biggest suggestion--a portable DVD player and lots of snacks!!

Ashli said...

I would say do it in one shot. Then you only have one long, boring day instead of two. We drove from Florida to Wisconsin (25hours of driving time)with two 2 1/2 year olds and they actually did pretty good the first day and a half of straight driving. DVD player, fun snacks and new toys made it kind of fun.

Kristina P. said...

I haven't made this drive with kids, but if it's just adults, we drive all the way through. My grandparents live in St. George, so that's where we would stop.

Jay and Michelle Teerlink said...

Jay and I did the drive the whole way when we came out for Christmas a few years ago. We bought a dvd player for Kaden and stacked him up with movies. We made sure to stop regularly and we got there in about 14 hours and got home in about the same time frame. Both kids did really well and Kaden loved getting to watch his favorite movies. We also made sure to have snacks and drinks for when we were driving and he got munchie, or if we did. If you decide to stop there is a place just west of Las Vegas called Bakersfield, I think, that is cheeper than staying in Misquete or vegas. It is on the west side of vegas about an hour out.

rychelle said...

i think the drive is closer to 10 hours, isn't it? are you in slc or north of there?
slc to vegas = 6 hours
vegas to disneyland = 4 hours

if you do decide to stay over i suggest either mesquite or vegas, as the rooms seem to be cheaper than st. george. hotels.com and other such sites are having some good deals on vegas right now.

4riddles said...

The trip to Anaheim is closer to 10hours, so depending on where you are going that would be it. We have done it both ways. (All different ages.) I personally like to just get it over with. But since we have someone free to stay with in St. George we have started doing that. But if you leave early in the am it's not so bad to go the whole way!
HAVE FUN!!!

Jay and Michelle Teerlink said...

Hey Jessica, I was wrong about the place we've stayed at. It is Prim, Nevada. The hotels are reasonably priced and only about an hour west of Vegas. So if you decided to do the stop that is one place I've personally been to many times over the years and like.

Marissa said...

Hey Jessica, I saw your blog on Heather's and on the ward recipe site. We drive to (central/Northern) CA at least twice a year and always just drive straight through (12-13 hours for us).

Our daughter was 10 months when we drove at Christmas and we left in the evening so that most of the driving was at night. She slept almost the whole way and there was no traffic. We switched off driving and napping every couple of hours and it worked out great. When we got there, my mom watched her for a couple of hours while we napped. I know your daughter is older, but it might work for her too?

Jillybean said...

I agree with the suggestion of the DVD player. We did the drive last year with our youngest being 2 1/2.
We usually stop in St. George because we have family there, but we stayed in Vegas once and that was nice because it was a shorter drive the next day, and the hotel we stayed in was right next to an In-n-out burger.

Meredith & Company said...

We did this in August with a 5 year old and 2 1/2 year old. On the way there, we didn't get on the road until late in the evening, so we drove to south Vegas and stayed there overnight. Because it was so quick into Anaheim the next morning, we decided to do the trip non-stop coming back. It worked fine. We stopped a couple of times, the longest being at a park in Cedar City, and everyone did great. I think you could definitely go straight through. Oh, and we don't have a car DVD player, so we did it movie-free. Lots of books and a few snacks and we were good as gold!

Julie and Carlos said...

Wow Jess- looks like the votes are leaning toward the all day haul. Good thing JS doesn't read blog comments ya? It's really not that bad if you start early and watch 3 movies on the way. Stop a couple times to eat and stretch And Rychelle is right - it's 6 hrs to Vegas 4 more to Anaheim so if you leave at 7 AM you're there by 6 with stops included.

If you stop in Mesquite stay at Falcon Ridge. That's about 5 hours and 5 hours. Vegas is 6 hours, then 4 hours. If you stay in Primm or Barstow it's 7 hours then 3 hours.

I stay just bring a portable DVD player, start early, and if you make it in one day SWEET and if you have to stop and spend the night then do so.

CAN"T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!!

The Smiths said...

I know you've gotten tons of comments on this already, but we've made many, many road trips with Alexa and we definitely vote for going straight through. That gets kind of hard if you're going cross country, obviously, but for just a 12 hour trip, it's definitely the way to go. Snacks and movies are great, but the best thing in the world is to just drive at night. We always leave in the morning, she sleeps all night, and in the morning we're there! Plus, you usually make better time because there's less traffic :)

The Smiths said...

Woops! I meant to say we leave in the "evening". Always good to read before you post......