I spent a weirdly large amount of time thinking about family vacations. The combination of family time, travel, and maps draws me irresistibly. Hence I often scribble possible itineraries in the most random of places and at the most random of times.
I'm not likely to change the number of hours I obsess over this. But at least I can get out of my own head, by getting advice from others. Thus, I have a few 25-point toss-ups for anyone to chime in on:
(1) Big-time destinations in SoCal to spend a day at - Definitely Disneyland, but what would be #2? California Adventure, Univeral Studios, Legoland, Sea World, and Knott's Berry Farm are my short list as of now.
(2) Big North American cities to spend a week in - My top ones would have to be DC, Seattle, Toronto, and Chicago. Can someone make a case for Denver or St. Louis?
(3) Amtrak across the country - Is it a relaxing way to see the vastness of the US or is it too expensive/boring/difficult? And what's the best route, either in terms of scenery or stops?
(4) National parks - Is Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion the best three-park combo that can be done in one trip?