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Old 12-12-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Best around the USA trip

Sorry I am new to this and this has probably been covered before. I have 20 years of RV experience of all types. I am now in a position to take a lot of time off and tow my 28 Flying Cloud around the country.

Has anybody put together a consolidated " best" route around the country route plan? Obviously any plan can be customized but nothing like lessons learned.

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Old 12-12-2014, 09:43 PM   #2
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What are your goals to see and do?
Hit all lower 48 states, national parks, visit friends and relations, MLB ball parks, hit all cities in "I've been everywhere man", follow a band as they tour, pfish and hunt in season, Lewis and Clark route, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Trail of Tears, Appalachian Trail, or just trailer?
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:54 PM   #3
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How about the American Saltwater Tour: Start in Blaine Washington, finish at the northeastern tip of Maine. Stay to the roads closest to the water. Give yourself six months.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:27 PM   #4
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Totally Excellent American Musical Roots Road Trip

Hitting the meccas, and historical hot spots of american genres.

Brief description. so far

Virginia- The Crooked Heritage trail- Country
Kentucky- Rosine- Bluegrass
Tennessee-Nashville, Memphis - Country, Blues, Rockabilly
Mississippi- Delta Blues
Lousianna- Dixieland, Cajun
Texas- Texas Swing
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:32 PM   #5
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Tagging in as this might be interesting.....


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Old 12-12-2014, 11:33 PM   #6
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Then there is the southwest

The Golden Circle is a loop trip that includes three awesome National Parks, that goes through Utah and Arizona. ( great for hikers and photographers ) Plenty of free campsites in BLM lands.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:38 PM   #7
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Then there is the Northwest

Do you see a pattern here in my ramblings. I have read about some trips that were plotted to hit every state in the least amount of time, and or shortest mileage.

My point is that doing everyone state in one trip, can turn into a drive buy, where you see and do very little but drive. Take human bites?
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:38 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the responses. Basically my developing plan is something like this:

I will be starting from Richmond VA. I thought I would head south around late March. I have spent a lot of RV time on Hilton Head SC (actually owned a spot at the Hilton Head Motor Coach Resort). Great place and mainly spent beach time to keep my teenage daughter at the time willing to come with us. This worked out great at the time and kept my daughter with us. Probably would like to stop at Myrtle Beach SC. this time. Charleston SC is also a great destination for those who have never been there. At this point would probably want to start
West. Not a big fan of FLA but always wanted to go to Key West. It is just a huge drive to get there. Love the Smokies and could do some fishing. Always wanted to go to the Ozarks. Ultimately want to get to the US Southwest before the big heat sets in. Could then head North and hit the Grand Canyon, Montana, Wyoming (big sky country) Then work up the Western coast at least to Seattle. Lower Canada is not out of the question, Vancouver Etc. Moving East back to New England during the hot weather. Hitting VT, New Hampshire and Love Maine. Already done Nova Scotia (and Loved it) Finally working back to Richmond through New York, PA.

Grew up on the East Coast so no need to ht New york City and DC. Want to avoid those areas at all costs. Spent My whole career in those areas. Love NYC and DC but spent months there,

As you all know, this is a big country. Never been to the Ozarks. Then there is the whole Rockies in there somewhere. No Rush on the trip and could stop for awhile in super areas.

Missing a lot of the mid US but at the risk of offending some, there is a lot of open space in the middle of the US with not a lot of things to see.

I am a retired engineer and handyman and thinking about using my work truck as a tow vehicle stocked with tools and do so give back long the way. Have plans to talk to Habitat for Humanity to see what their thoughts are.

In a nut shell, leave VA in late March and be back by October. A lot to see and can't do it all. Just wondering if anyone has tried a similar quest?

Love the feedback. Must see places would be good to put on the list. May work it out so my 87 year old fantastic mother and other relatives could do some legs of the trip. Many airports across the US to meet people. Also, In the event of an emergency back East, will keep a back-up plan to just park the rig somewhere and fly home.

Don't know how to deal with mail at this point. I think there are forwarding services available.

First opportunity to do something like this and I'm not getting any younger. Too many friends passed away much too early after retirement and want to avoid that. At the risk of TMI, divorced now a sole daughter solid in a new RN career. Now seems the time to see the country. spent years traveling around the world on business and pleasure and have missed some fantastic US state and National parls not to forget about the national forest service land which is vast.

Would be great to rendezvous with some Airstream clubs/trips along the way.


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Old 12-13-2014, 06:57 AM   #9
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Sounds like a great trip for the right reasons. Why not plan a few key stops to keep you on schedule but otherwise play it by ear and give yourself flexibility?
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As someone who lives in THE smack dab center of the US, may I suggest considering both temperature and humidity when planning your route.

The Ozarks (Missouri, Arkansas and any areas east of a vertical line north/south that intersects Manhattan KS) can be hot, sticky, and humid in the summer after June 1. West of that line will be arid so no humidity as a factor for enjoyment of the outdoors. By July the humidity is set in, and is there day and night.

Camping in hot sticky weather is not what I enjoy, unless a lake or swimming river is involved. And even then, the nights can be are pretty sticky for cooking outside and sitting out, depending on the daytime high temperatures.

But lakes are best for swimming once they heat up to that just right temperature. Usually end of June through end of Sept. I really recommend Beaver Lake in NW Arkansas as the best Ozark area swimming lake and also Striper Bass fishing. It is a very clear lake, has some Corps of Engineer campgrounds, and is not too far off the Interstate in Springfield MO.
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:54 AM   #11
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You're talking 6 months…..thumbs up

If I were to take a six month road trip, my mission would be to never say, " It's too far out of the way "

I would suggest New Orleans, and Cajun Country, Austin Texas, Sante Fe NM, Grand Canyon is a given. Bryce, Zion, and Canyonlands National parks in Utah.

My brother taught me about BLM lands. I would never have realized how many GREAT free camping spots there are. Some have fences or cattle guards and look like private property or ranches. ( Some BLM land is leased to cattle ranchers , but that doesn't prohibit you from camping there.) Through the years, people have found so many gorgeous places to camp in BLM lands. Look for tire tracks and fire pits. Know that many really cool spots are next to impossible to get to if you are towing a trailer. Consider side trips without the trailer.

In early June, I would start to head north towards Yellowstone.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:13 AM   #12
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What a great idea. You can even weave a few mini-loops into the overall trip. I remember reading about the original motorcar loop of national parks, maybe portions of the Lincoln Highway, a winery trail in California and another in the New York Finger Lakes, lighthouse loops in the coastal areas, the possibilities are endless.

We've started taking 2 to 3 week versions of tumbling through the countryside and finding the most interesting part of AS traveling is the people you meet. Friendly people seem to be drawn to the shiny aluminum and it makes a great conversation starter. Kind of like Steinbeck and Charlie's truck camper...

Keep us posted,

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From Where you are, Blue Ridge Parkway, Smoky mountains, Nashville, Memphis, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas (Our Favorite), on to Route 66 at Tulsa, to Texas, New Mexico, and the Grand Canyon. North to Monument valley then south to Tucson and saguaro....No Interstate rides unless necessary. There is so much to see on a slow drive on a back road. The people are nicer too.
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Old 12-14-2014, 01:42 AM   #14
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There is a couple, Jim and Debbie, who have a blog - the dreamstreamers. They have been full timers in a 25' AS for 7 or 8 years now. Their slogan is "Chasing 75 degrees" and we have chosen to do the same as best as we can. It just makes sense to go where the weather is nice. Planning around the particular climates of differing regions is interesting too. Humidity, tornadoes and other seasonal weather variations are something to keep in mind while traveling. I'm from So. Calif. and until we traveled this year, had never had to take shelter from a tornado as we did in Mississippi. There are no storm cellars in trailers and they really can get to rocking in the wind. Don't go away too far or too long with your awning out! Humidity isn't something we like much either and travel around it as much as we can.
Don't forget to leave time for the unexpected, unplanned places you find a strong attraction to. And I would add this, don't drive further than a comfortable 1/2 day drive or so and stay at least two nights so your travel is not too much like a job. We have arrived at the decision whereby we usually drive not more than one full tank of gasoline - about 250 miles and often a lot less. We like to stay a minimum 2 nights but typically 3+ while making our way to a particular longer stay. We are full-timers and simply have no schedule to keep. Of course, on long runs we have stayed at Walmart etc.
This has also been a wonderful opportunity to connect/reconnect with friends and family who we haven't had time to visit with often over the working years. My wife was able to spend more quality time this Spring than she had in her entire life with two sisters in two different states, simply because we stayed put for 2 months in each state. I also was able to visit with a good lifelong friend who moved 1700 miles away after high school and happened to be only 40 miles away from my wife's sister's place. I kept the trailer at his place with full hookups, and my wife spent a lot of her time at her sister's house. We would spend time variously with these people and it was great.
As much as I love the land, nature and the beautiful places, I want to enjoy old friends, family and new friends too.
Best wishes on your travels.
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