Nate, Robin and the kids set off in their minivan on their trip from Syracuse, New York to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
After driving the van into a ditch, the Parkers are forced to stay at a motel overnight while waiting for repairs.
Nate gets pulled over for driving under the influence, even though he's completely sober.
The Parkers begrudgingly stop to eat at a culturally insensitive roadside restaurant and dinner theater.
The kids recover from food poisoning at a bed and breakfast with southern hospitality and Russian vodka.
Robin agrees to marry the southern gentleman Dr. Rob and his Russian bride, but she realizes something is very wrong.
While stuck in traffic, Nate and Robin reminisce about when they met.
Nate takes a detour to Salvation, Florida, where it's Christmas year-round; the family discovers Nate has been lying to them.
Nate's plan to get his job back unravels once they arrive; a nearby race track offers hope.
The Parkers try to take down Nate's company through whistle blowing.