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Old 03-06-2015, 05:40 PM
 
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So far I have Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and Cadilac Ranch on my list. Any others? Will be traveling with 3 boys and plan to stop for the night rather than drive straight through. Our destination is Albuquerque. Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:00 PM
 
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Big Tex is great for kids. Make sure you bring spray cans of paint for the Cadillac Ranch (surpise the kids when you get there). Jump off to see the stretch of Route 66 with all of the old motels. TinkerTown is a really unique place for kids - - lots of fun.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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So far I have Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and Cadilac Ranch on my list. Any others? Will be traveling with 3 boys and plan to stop for the night rather than drive straight through. Our destination is Albuquerque. Thanks!
Assuming that you take the 10, I'd suggest seeing the Alamo in San Antonio, Marfa,Tex if you stray off to the Alt 90 route, Carlsbad Caverns (about an hour to hour and a half drive north of the 10 in Carlsbad, New Mexico,
Silver Sands, NM and Sta Fe, NM
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Old 03-07-2015, 06:48 AM
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The OP is taking the northern route to do the activities stated. The drive to Albuquerque takes two days anyway so there isn't much time to add more activities. Going north will take you near Fort Worth, the Stockyards might be worth a stop around lunchtime the first day.

If you ever go the western route you can tour Sonora Caverns and still make it to Ft. Stockton in one day. You can then hit Roswell the second day and see aliens. I don't know your reasons for staying in Albuquerque but Santa Fe is close and more interesting.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:15 PM
 
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If your children are young, I would skip the alien stuff in Roswell as it may be too frighten for them and museums are boring for young children. Instead, we took our children to Carlsbad Caverns and chose to hike downward from outside which is at least a mile but all downward steps. We saw harmless flying bats at the entrance and many interesting features inside the cave. Then took the elevator up. We also took them to White Sands National Park and they liked that, too. Bring or buy a sand sled to slide down. Also bring sunglasses and lots of water as it's bright like snow and hot.
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Old 03-09-2015, 04:45 PM
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So far I have Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and Cadilac Ranch on my list. Any others? Will be traveling with 3 boys and plan to stop for the night rather than drive straight through. Our destination is Albuquerque. Thanks!
Heading to Austin and cutting north is more interesting than Highway 6 all the way to Abilene. Maybe go to Fredricksburg before cutting north and doing Enchanted Rock and the Nimitz Museum. Not really much else except Palo Duro and the Cadillac Ranch. There's a winery in Lubbock, but probably not a stop with 3 boys.

Its a long drive. We did it once with Albuquerque and Santa Fe our destinations, stopping in Austin on the way over and cutting through Ft. Worth to Waco to College Station on the way back. There are things to do in DFW, of course.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Well, if you decide to take I-45 route instead of I-10, then you might want to stop at the Dinosaur Valley State Park where your kids can look for dinosaur footprints along the creek if it's dry. But rain will block your hike down there.

A 2-day drive with the family is a lot easier these days with DVDs, laptops, iPhones, and iPads.
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Old 03-10-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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A 2-day drive with the family is a lot easier these days with DVDs, laptops, iPhones, and iPads.
Lol. No joke. 4 kids in a station wagon in 80's..I think Dad "pulled over" at least once an hour. Ah Memories.

Now you strap them in and they sit like zombies for hours staring at a screen, not even knowing or caring how they got to the destination.
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