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In the Summer of 2020 we did something a little crazy! We decided to take our toddlers on a cross country road trip. You can imagine how most of it went, lots of potty breaks and our fair share of tears. But at the end of each day we recounted our favorite moments and we were so grateful for all we got to experience, even if we were exhausted! We are so excited to share with you our Top 5 favorite spots along our journey! We traveled east on 1-40 and came back west on 1-20 and 1-10, so our stops don't include the best stops in all of America, just along our route!
1. The Grand Canyon
This is a no brainer! We were in awe of this incredible creation. It was extra special sharing this with our kids who had such a unique perspective seeing it at their age. We took these binoculars with us and they had a blast using them to spot birds flying all around in the canyon! At the end, we had a close encounter with the amazing mule deer that roam around and our son will never forget that!
One night while staying in Flagstaff we took the drive out to Sedona and it was so worth it! The red rocks were beautiful! We found a cute outdoor dinner spot to take in the views and really enjoyed our short time here. My absolute favorite part was the Chapel of the Holy Cross. We got there too late to go inside but just seeing the majestic building was awesome! My only regret is that we didn't spend more time here. I think it could have been really fun to explore for a few days, next time for sure!
3. Big Texan Steak Ranch
This stop was the epitome of Texas and such a fun spot! The Big Texan Steak Ranch is home to the 72 ounce steak challenge. While we weren't quite THAT hungry, we did enjoy some amazing steak and hospitality! Highly recommend this spot for its yummy food and classic Route 66 atmosphere.
We cannot emphasize this enough- this was the COOLEST place to stay! Orr Family Farm has covered wagon "glamping" on the property of their farm full of attractions and entertainment. During the off season, while we were there, we had the entire farm to ourselves. We enjoyed tricycle races, human foosball, paddle boating, a huge jumping pad, petting zoo, endless bike riding and smores! It was such a cool experience and we cannot wait to return!
5. Lake Waco Fixer Upper House Boat
On our way back west to our home in California we made a quick pit stop in Waco, TX. We stumbled upon this house on Airbnb and decided we had to try it out. We were not disappointed! A house boat on Lake Waco that was secluded enough to feel like a private retreat with all the touches of Chip and Joanna! The kids spent their days fishing off the back of the boat or jumping in the lake. We grilled out at night and enjoyed the calmness surrounding us. As a mom I was slightly terrified of my kiddos staying somewhere surrounded by water but we watched them like a hawk and kept them in their puddle jumpers most of the time they were awake - wasn't that bad since they were swimming and fishing the whole time anyways! Highly recommend a stop here!