But, if you're prepared - very well prepared! - traveling with your kids can be really lovely. If it were just my husband and me in the car, we would drive and drive and drive until we reached our destination. With kids, we are forced to stop every once in a while lest we be driven insane by the shrill pitch of their whining. Stopping means that we have to research good places to stop along the way. Places with cool parks or neat restaurants or an amazingly kitschy roadside attraction. We get to experience America more than just passing it by on a highway inside of a car.
We got to see 10 family members, 12 close friends, and we meet 5 new people who we now consider friends. That would have been hard to do if we would have just bought a plane ticket to any one of those places on the map and stayed put.
So, go live the American dream. Buy a copy of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, an ode to America and its love of roadside attractions. Use roadtrippers to your little heart's content. Make delicious snacks to take with you in the car. Meditate for a few days before your trip so you don't lose your shit on your kids. Prepare EVERYTHING. And go have fun. Enjoy the beauty that America has to offer.