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Old 08-01-2018, 07:37 AM   #1
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Louisiana to South Florida to DC then New York and back to Louisiana

Hey guys and gals,
We just bought a 2000 Country Coach Intrigue and are getting ready to take the kids on vacation. We’ve been promising for a while and they haven’t complained at all so we want to give them the trip of a lifetime. We’ll be heading to south Florida because my 13 year old wants to visit LEGOLAND, then we’re going to head north for the Smithsonian museum and the Bronx Zoo. After all this we’ll head back to Louisiana, but I’m looking for suggestions of must see things along the way. I really appreciate the help.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:47 AM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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Old 08-01-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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How much time do you have? There is so much to see on that route that I'm sure you'll have to pick and choose.

We've made that trip a few times. Here are some of our favorites.

Cape Kennedy, St. Augustine, Savannah's Topke Island, Myrtle Beach, Cape Hatteras and many more like that.

If you are into history there is a campground at Harper's Ferry, WV. that has civil war entrenchments within the grounds. It's a KOA and to my way of thinking a good place to base your drive into DC.

Also Appomattox and Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Bull Run, ect.

The Smithsonian can easily take a week if you want to see it all.

There is also a large amusement park between Richmond and DC that has camping. I believe it's called Kings Crossing.

Of course there is Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.

You may need to make more than one trip.
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Congratulations. Good Luck. Safe Trip.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:24 AM   #5
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unless there are two lego lands it is in central fl not south fl.

It is pretty much half way between orlando and tampa. More theme parks than any person could ever need are within an hour drive of there. Tampa has bucsh gardens and adventure island.

Depends on what the kids like. There are lots of historic places to visit on that route. Old forts, civil war and rev war sites can be interesting and educational for kids. They are cheap, only take and hour two stop in and look around and maybe learn something.

Me and the wife have done volunteer work at ntl park and fish and wildlife visitor centers and it is rare a kid come in and not have a great time doing the jr ranger program stuff.

if you are going in the late summer make sure you keep a real close eye on tropical weather. I seen many a vacations ruined when not prepared to work around whatever mother gives them in fl in late summer. Had a few of my own get delayed or canceled because of a tropical system.
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I live in central FL, and can tell you to be ready for the heat and humidity. But as you're from Louisiana your probably use to it too. This is our rainy season (rain every day at 3PM) and hurricane season (with the most hurricanes in Sep - Oct).
With all that said, there are many great places to visit. If you can afford it, try to camp at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort for a couple of nights (it takes an advance reservation this time of year). It cost a little more than the surrounding camp grounds but it worth it. IMO. Another favorite is Jetty Park (great campsite and next to Kennedy Space Center).
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You bought a nice coach. Have fun with it!

Have you ever RV'd before? You're going to some congested areas with a large RV for your first trip.

For Washington DC you might want to consider staying at Cherry Hill RV. Here's an excellent review of it with photos and also ideas for touring the area. If you look on the top line of this blog you'll see a 'clicky' spot to find other park reviews. They have (had) a 40' MH so what they recommend are good for big rigs.

You mentioned the Bronx Zoo.... I would think the big city itself could be of some interest. Search the above blog for 'Liberty Harbor' for an awesome place to stay to tour NY city with the Statue of Liberty right in front of you.
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