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Old 04-28-2015, 10:32 PM   #11
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:32 PM   #12
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Old 05-01-2015, 04:05 PM   #13
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J. C. Cooper Campground at Kerr Lake Rec Area N.C. Waterfront sites with electric. This is my new favorite campground. It is in NC and Va. but stick with NC and you can swim off of your site, pull your boat up and fish. Not much else to do-my kind of camping.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:36 PM   #14
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Have you considered South Dakota. The Black Hills have lots do and see. Custer State Park is beautiful. The kids would love the buffalo and wild burros! Loads of camping. It would be a shorter ride with small children, but still feels like the old west!
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Some folks travel out West regularly with their kids of all ages & just choose age-appropriate hikes. However, IMO 3-4 days of traveling without any fun stops is a lot for 4-8 year-olds. I like OldCoot's idea of going to Branson, MO before a full trip out West... Lots to do. You could stop at King's Island (here in OH) for a mid-way break. Your kids will be tired & travel better the next day...

However, it's 10+ hours from NJ to King's Island & another 10+ hours to Branson... From Branson, Grand Canyon Nat'l Park or Yellowstone are both another (2) 10+ hour days... IMO a trip out West is a 3 week vacation. Right now we have enough time-off but will need to save more. Our plan is to go out West before the kids get into high school...
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:27 PM   #16
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J. C. Cooper Campground at Kerr Lake Rec Area N.C. Waterfront sites with electric. This is my new favorite campground. It is in NC and Va. but stick with NC and you can swim off of your site, pull your boat up and fish. Not much else to do-my kind of camping.
I live on Kerr lake all the COE CG are on the water if you get a site on the water. You can swim or even beach your boat. Also there is a great little Town on the water, the only Town in Virginia on the water it's called Clarksville. I'll attach a copy of Longwood on the water. 24 bucks a night and with a golden pass 12.00.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:15 PM   #17
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A little closer to you, and not the west, but great family area in the great smoky mountain Natl park, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg. Dollywood amusement pk, live shows, go carts, putt putt, etc., plus great drives thru the nations mist visited park. Wildlife, fishing, hiking. Lots of CGS and RV Parks.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:21 PM   #18
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Come on north plenty of private or state campgrounds open now. Rhode Island has Federal Hill,Point Judith beaches and take a ferry to Block Island,Massachusetts has Sturbridge village, Wells state park(dry camping), Boston-Aqurium,Faneuil Hall,Freedom Trail and Regina's Pizzaeria, Cape Cod beaches Ferries to Nantucket, Marthas Vinyard .Go north to Portsmouth nh and "Where pigs fly" artistan breads,Wells,Ogunquit,Nubble light,Old Orchard Beach, Portland Head Light,Desert of Maine,Acadia(spend a week here,lots to do) cross over to Nova Scotia on a day tour. Hit the White Mountains in New Hampshire,Mount Washington Cog railway,Story Town. West to the Green Mountains, Stowe in the summer is as active as the ski season great state parks(dry camping) Lake Champlain, Burlingtons short interesting rail trail. Theres a neat little city run campground right in Burlington-best on week days-right on the rail trail. Crown point and Fort Henry in New York have always been a favorite- So come on North. Yes i am a rock ribbed New Englander and enjoy the fact we're less than a days ride from most of the attractions here. As has been said thats a big country out there.
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Cadillac Mountain in Maine is awesome!! We went there in August one year when I lived in NJ. Also New Hampshire is absolutley georgeous
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Some folks travel out West regularly with their kids of all ages & just choose age-appropriate hikes. However, IMO 3-4 days of traveling without any fun stops is a lot for 4-8 year-olds. I like OldCoot's idea of going to Branson, MO before a full trip out West... Lots to do. You could stop at King's Island (here in OH) for a mid-way break. Your kids will be tired & travel better the next day...

However, it's 10+ hours from NJ to King's Island & another 10+ hours to Branson... From Branson, Grand Canyon Nat'l Park or Yellowstone are both another (2) 10+ hour days... IMO a trip out West is a 3 week vacation. Right now we have enough time-off but will need to save more. Our plan is to go out West before the kids get into high school...
I would agree with you the more I've looked into it, I would not want to have less than 3 weeks to go out. I also agree that their are age appropriate hikes for the young lady. But think that the kids would appreciate the west more when they are a little older. To be honest i want t I see it, i wad at yellowstone the year prior to my son's birth and love it. It is amazing how BIG!!! the West is. And there is a lot to see in the east that we have not yet seen. Thanks for all the suggestions their are so may place I would not have run across if not for the info I've read.
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