Road Trip TN to NV

My kids and I just got back from a huge road trip.
We went out west to visit family.

We drove almost 4000 miles in 9 days.
I drove every single one of those. I'm running for superwoman status!

Here's our route.
I split it up so it was about 10 hours or less of driving per day.
It worked pretty well.

We saw lots of beautiful sites along the way.

We stopped every few hours to get out and stretch our legs.

We loved rest areas the best, especially this one in Texas.  

We were really excited to make it to Arizona to see our family, but were a little 
unprepared for the heat!
Sure, it's not humid like TN, but anything over 100* is just hot!  
112* was almost unbearable!!!!!!

We were able to go to Lake Havasu and see London Bridge.

We also went to Oatman, an old mining town up in the mountains.
There are live burrows that roam the streets and will eat out of your hand.  
I loved them, but my kids- not so much!

Next up, we went to Hoover Dam.

We were able to take the Power Plant tour.  
It was awesome to learn the history of the Hoover Dam.

Next up we went to Vegas, where we stayed at Circus Circus.
We were on the 22nd floor, 
with an awesome view of the end of the strip, near the Stratosphere.

We really enjoyed Circus Circus.
My cousin and her kids were able to meet us there to hang out with us. 
Our kids played the carnival games and watched the trapeze act.
I would totally recommend Circus Circus for children.

The next day we walked around the Las Vegas Strip.

Everything on the strip is larger than life.

One of the things we loved was going to the M and M factory.

We loved Vegas!
After Vegas we headed onto St. George to visit more family.

One place I was really excited to go was Durangos.
Do you follow Vintage Revivals?  Her family owns this restaurant.
She recently completed a makeover and it's just darling!

After a few days with family, it was time to head home.
Rather than take the same way back, we headed back to TN through Colorado and Kansas.

We loved the green mountains and trees of Colorado! 
It was also a little bit cooler temperature wise.  What a nice change from 112*!

After 27 hours of driving, we were SO happy to pull into our driveway.
I had so much housekeeping and laundry to catch up on, but it was wonderful to 
sleep in my own bed.
Reentry into day to day life has been a little tough, as it always is post vacation.

There are many things I'm glad I did and a few things I wish I'd done differently on this trip.  
I'll be back next week to share my travel tips.