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Old 03-01-2016, 03:10 PM   #1
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A long, long, boring drive, ideas?

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We will be traveling across the country along I-10 heading from Tucson, Arizona to Key West, Fl. in the beginning of April. Having done this before I was wondering if anyone could share any treasures or not to be missed sites, boondocking, state/county parks etc. Also am very interested in doing some camping on the coast line, never stayed in the panhandle and hear there are some great on or very near beach campgrounds. Thanks!
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I-10 doesn't go through the panhandle. Sorry, but that's quite a detour to the north.

It does go through the mountainous desert part of Texas. I'd suggest the area around Ft. Davis. Old cavalry fort, partially restored, if you like history. McDonald Observatory if you like stargazing. Check out their star parties on their website. if it's swimming weather, Balmorhea State Park has an awesome, spring-fed pool.

A little further east, the Texas Hill Country has lots and lots of scenery, and you'll be there right in wildflower season. Inks Lake State Park is one of my favorites, though a little north of your route. Check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. website for info on the many state parks.

I-10 will take you through San Antonio. Remember the Alamo, and several other old Spanish missions in that area. Also the Riverwalk is great.

Houston, NASA, Mission Control and all that space stuff. Great beaches just a little south of there at Galveston.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore near Ocean Springs, MS and Pensacola, FL, are both beautiful campgrounds and worth a stop.


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We kind of wondered if turning South out of Lafayette to come into New Orleans from the Southwest might be a good idea. Also thought dropping down into Pensacola and traveling along the coast might be interesting. Down one side of Florida and back up the other was a thought. But it would be hard for us to make that trip without diverting to see Savannah and Charleston. Maybe too much, but a must see for a different trip.

We do find the best way to make a long and not too exciting trip is to make lots of miles with dedicated stops along the way to set as goals to keep ticking off the miles. Kind of depends on how much time you have to make the trip, but a lunch in the
Big Easy and some kind of fishing or fish watching in Key West would be on the agenda. Don't know about that golf with the alligators, but those air boat rides seem like a fun way to spend some time and they ought to outrun the gaters.

Hope you have fun. Travel safe. Pat
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Well there is another panhandle outside of TX, located in Florida and it is full of beaches. Any of the FL state parks along the coast are nice. If you plan to do the Redneck Riviera, you may want to invest in a Sun Pass when you get to FL as a lot of the bridges now have tolls and they will sock you for $10-$15 for towing a trailer. Plus you will want it on the turnpike going to the keys.

Or you could just skip I-10 and take the secondary roads for a more interesting trip!
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Yeah......You might want to give the prairie provinces a miss if you're not into long, long, oh so long, boring roads. Leaving Ontario, you practically don't hit another hill until the Rockies on the western edge of Alberta.

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We kind of wondered if turning South out of Lafayette to come into New Orleans from the Southwest might be a good idea. Also thought dropping down into Pensacola and traveling along the coast might be interesting. Down one side of Florida and back up the other was a thought. But it would be hard for us to make that trip without diverting to see Savannah and Charleston. Maybe too much, but a must see for a different trip.

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Big Easy and some kind of fishing or fish watching in Key West would be on the agenda. Don't know about that golf with the alligators, but those air boat rides seem like a fun way to spend some time and they ought to outrun the gaters.

Hope you have fun. Travel safe. Pat
If you have the option to go into New Orleans, by all means do. Spend a day or two poking around the French Quarter, admiring the architecture,nlistening to the street musicians and eating the food. Yum.b

The drive along the Gulf Coast thru Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle is absolutely beautiful, and worth doing if you have the time.


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The "Thing" on I-10 east of Benson Arizona before Las Cruces New Mexico....not to be missed ... lol
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South of I-10, in the Florida panhandle of is SR 98. It's a great drive. Look for a road called 30A. It's a great drive along the coast and make sure you stop in Seaside FL. Have lunch from of of the 8 or so old Airstreams converted into lunch wagons. The foods pretty good too.


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Just keep key west and mallory square in mind and the trip will breeze by. If you can't make it all the way, the koa in big pine is right on the water. We will be down in key west for St. Patrick's Day.
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Thank s everyone, got some good ideas!
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Having the pre-conception, that this trip will be long and boring, might be creating an unnecessary trap for yourself IMO. Why not focus on the bright spots along the way, and celebrate that you are healthy and solvent enough to travel in an Airstream trailer across our incredible United States? Glass half-full kinda stuff . . .




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