Planning a Road Trip With Roadtrippers!

Planning a Road Trip With Roadtrippers!

I have been in a planning FRENZY the past few weeks. Since making travel a priority, this seems to be my end-of-year routine. I’ve got an anniversary trip to plan, the family beach trip, at least one running event-based getaway, another mom-daughter trip (hopefully) and my favorite, the mother-son adventure.

Two years ago I started the mother-son tradition with a day trip to DC. I had a blast taking both boys and it calmed my fears about traveling with kids alone.

Last year the 8-year-old embarked on our first-ever rafting trip to Utah and it solidified my commitment to travel with my boys at least yearly.

Wanting them to take an active part in the tradition I asked the 8-year-old where he wanted to go next and to my surprise he said, “Hollywood!”

I decided to turn his suggestion for a one-city trip into a California Coastal Highway Adventure!

My plan is to fly us into Los Angeles, rent a car, explore Hollywood, and then leisurely drive up to San Francisco exploring as we go. I don’t want a really strict agenda, I just want to spend time with my son exploring the world.

But I know NOTHING of California.

So I started to dig around on Google and that’s when I stumbled on

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This site is AMAZING!

You give it a start and a destination and it maps it like Google Maps.

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Then you “Find Places”

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And it overlays them on the map!

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Too many choices? Limit your search with subcategories!

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When you click on a point of interest you can see the name.

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As you can see, you can add it your trip, but if you don’t know what it is you click again and voila!

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Description, address, website link and my favorite, the “Rad-o-Meter!”

If you decide to add the point of interest to your trip, it adjusts your directions and lists it in your itinerary.

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Am I the only one who finds this amazing!

I’ve been working on a loose itinerary for the CA trip on and off for days! Which reminds me, you can login with Facebook and save multiple trips.

Here’s what I have in store for us so far.

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I’m not looking at this as a strict itinerary, more like options as we travel up the Pacific Coast.

Now to actually book airfare. I’ve been watching the rates hoping see a dip.

Any Californians have site seeing suggestions for us, I’m all ears!