Spring break is upon us and I am ready to get the heck out of dodge.
We were just going to stick close to home but my husband is stuck at work and my kids have a two week spring break so I started planning a trip immediately. I wanted somewhere warmer than Colorado (though that is all subjective now that we are in the month of March) and I wanted to go somewhere that I could drive.
Our trip will begin with a 6 hour drive south across the New Mexico border. I have driven through New Mexico before but my children have never been. They are thrilled to be able to check (two!) more states off of their list. Once we cross the border we will head to Albuquerque, were Visit Albuquerque is graciously hosting us for a few days.
From Albuquerque, we are heading even further south to Tucson, Arizona. We have family in Tucson, so part of the trip will be spent visiting with them and then we are also going to do some exploring.
These are two cities in which we haven’t spent much time at all. I am excited to explore with the kids and step out of our comfort zones a little bit. I have stacks of travel guides from the library and we have been researching the web for ideas. Feeling a little bit overwhelmed, I turned to my favorite group of travel writers and bloggers for their advice. I can tell already that we won’t even cover half of what we want to see during the trip!
When we tell somebody that we are headed to Tucson, they inevitably say that we must see the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Karen Heffren from Desert Chica Ramblings suggests that we pick up a stamp book for $1 at the entrance so that the kids can collect stamps along the way.
Jodi Grundig, Family Travel Magazine, recommends visiting Trail Dust Town. I think my kids might dig the stunt show.
The only thing that we really have on our list so far is to visit Saguaro National Park while we are in Tucson. My kids are always on the lookout for cacti and I know they will flip out when they see the size of the saguaro cactus! Mary, from The World is a Book, shares tips for a quick visit to the national park if you are short on time.
Stephanie, from TucsonTopia, shares tons of activities in Tucson but what caught my eye were the tips on what to do if you see a rattlesnake. I will definitely keep this post handy for our trip and our outings around Denver.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
While in Albuquerque, we are undecided about taking the drive up to Taos but Lance’s review of his visit on Trips by Lance might just convince us to go. I really enjoyed his reflections on his trip where he visited Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe.
Jessica shares a fun stop (and a great photo essay) at Tinkertown on Suitcases and Sippycups. This place looks like a fabulous place for a scavenger hunt checklist.
While in Albuquerque, Jessie with Wandering Educators suggests that we visit the Pueblo Cultural Center to learn about the culture, architecture and more.
Sheri, from Kidsumers, shared her pictures from their ABQ trip and the colors…oh, the brilliant colors we are going to see in the art and textiles. It looks like she had an incredible trip!
Vero, from All Over the Map, offers five things to do in Albuquerque and I was glad to see Petroglyph National Monument listed. This is something that we would like to see. There are also some restaurant recommendations.
What else do you think we should see or do while on our road trip?