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Old 06-08-2015, 09:06 AM   #15
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What to see.....

It all depends it you are interested in nature, history, touristy, sports, etc......
If you are going to Roswell, then Carlsbad Caverns is a must, and about 90 minutes South of there.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (U.S. National Park Service) Make sure to spend the evening with a ranger for the Bat Flight Bat Flight Program - Carlsbad Caverns National Park (U.S. National Park Service) in addition to taking a cavern tour.
I would also recommend White Sands NM and Alamogordo for the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Oliver Lee memorial state park just south of there is highly recommended for a place to stay in that area, and a bit further north is Three Rivers Pictograph site for something totally different.

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Old 06-08-2015, 11:26 AM   #16
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In San Antonio, Travelers World is right on a city bus route, so easy to get to the Riverwalk, Alamo, etc. and the bus drivers are helpful. Be sure to see the missions, beautiful, and will bring back memories of the old western TV shows.
Many oarks are pet friendly, but assume you will be staying with them. Leaving the dogs alone isn't a great idea - we have parked by dog owners and the dogs are often very unhappy to be left (and are vocal about it until the owners' vehicle arrives, so they are unaware of the disturbance the dogs have caused in their absence). And running a genny all day to keep the dogs cool doesn't always endear you to your neighbours either. Not to say all dogs or owners are alike, just something to consider.

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Old 06-08-2015, 11:36 AM   #17
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First stop: New Orleans- several nice campgrounds, some of them pricey-
Dogs can stay in the trailer in the campground, right? As long as they don't bark all day and disturb other campers-
World War II Museum
Zoo and Aquarium
Saint Charles street car ride
St. Louis Cathedral/French Quarter/Decatur St./beignets
The drive from New Orleans to Houston is a beautiful drive along the Gulf of Mexico.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:11 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Bk Yd Safari View Post
Very long trip with much to see..i'll not fill-in all the spaces, but here's a few
New Orleans - French Quarter RV Resort
Sedona, AZ - Rancho Sedona RV Park
Las Vegas - Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort south-end of the strip
Bakersfield, CA - Sequoia National Park
Monterey CA - Monterey Peninsula
San Francisco and the Napa Valley
Southern Oregon Coast
Portland OR head east thru the Columbia River Gorge then on to Glacier NP
Then south to Yellowstone - Fishing Bridge Campground inside the park or Rocky Mountain RV Park in Gardiner, MT (northwest entrance)
Drop the AS for day trips in the park, the Tetons and Jackson Hole and maybe even the Beartooth Mountains.
Head east from Yellowstone for Cody for at least an overnight
Then on to Rapid City with a side trip to Devils Tower.
Rapid City - Hart Ranch is a members RV Resort, but non-members are welcome. In RC see Mount Rushmore during the day and be sure to return for the evening illumination program. Also Custer State Park and Deadwood SD and interesting places to visit.
Heading east on I-90 from RC take the side trip thru the Badlands of SD.
Further east on I-90 is the Corn Palace (see website if you think this is of interest) in Mitchell, SC.
Chamberlain, SD - the American Creek campground on the banks of the Missouri River is a nice overnight stay.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:09 PM   #19
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Lake Mead RV Village is nice, on the lake, and 5 min. from Hoover Dam. If you haven't seen Lake Mead since before the drought, it may not be fun!
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:43 PM   #20
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Don't miss Crazy Horse when in South Dakota. WELIKIT campground near Custer is a nice place to stay.
KOA has a beautiful RV park at the base of Devils Tower.

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don't want to sound unamerican but I enjoy the day at crazy horse more than mt. Rushmore.
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:40 PM   #21
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No offense taken. The Crazy Horse story is truly an American Story. How a man with no help from the government built this incredible monument. And how his family is continuing his legacy. It is well worth the price of admission.

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Old 06-08-2015, 04:44 PM   #22
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Smile Cross country trip

We"re heading the other way! Oregon to New England, both my husband and I grew up on the East coast; he in L.I., I, in Ct. I still have lots of family left there. Then, to N.C. To visit his last remaining Uncle and a few cousins. Onward to Silver City, NM. To meet our first, just arrived, grandson. My son went to school at UNM, Abq., working off his loans. Santa Fe usually has something arty going on, Tao is pretty in summer. Mountainous outcroppings through NM, haven't been as far south as Roswell yet, but lots of ancient petrographs, old living sites, ect., uthroughout state. We've driven to NM, but never hauling. Beware the winds of Arizona!!! Traffic was stopped, the interstate closed just after we went through because of a summer wind storm, complete with lots of sand! Stay informed, long stretches of empty highway. Of course, the Grand Canyon! Crater park not far, crater hole from long ago. I really enjoyed Sin Aqua, a wayside park along the trek from Hoover dam to GC. Ancient First American cliff dwellings, nicely made accessible, so named by the Spanish name for the original inhabitants who accessed their dwellings by ladder, but had to climb down to get water. I swear I heard whistling back and forth from the caves in the canyon ( continuation of the Grand ) and those we were exploring made by water carving into huge stalagmites rising from the canyon floor. Hoover dam, Reno has a great water park and lots of kid friendly stuff to do. Nearby Lake Tahoe, Silver City, and Virginia City fun history of the old west. I-80 west has turn off to Donner Pass, take you through pretty country to the San Francisco area. I certainly am prejudiced, but I think riding 101 up the coast to Lincoln City, Oregon, is a trip in it self. Don't know what you're hauling, there are some wicked turns, roller coaster hills, but the most beautiful scenery! Casinos make great, cheap, campgrounds with access to a buffet! Nice campground near Fort Brag, north of, I think. Don't miss the easy hike up Cape Perpetua! Walk the path to the stone shelter/picnic spot/ lookout, bring binoculars. The stone rail guards, all the parks, paths, and original stone buildings were made by the work crew Roosevelt put together during the depression. Lincoln City is north of Newport where you can pick up hwy 20, pick up hwy 34 in Corvallis and miss a big loop, take 20, follow signs to Bend. You'll see the beautiful Willamette Valley, pick up 20 in Sweet Home, pass through the Cascades where every peak you see is an overdue volcano!...to high desert, Bend. Lots of campsites all along the route, waterfalls, lakes, and watch the foliage change. The ground near Bend is orange pumice from a long ago eruption. From bend, you'll need to head south to Crayer Lake. I've heard the campsites are great, but you'll need to call for reservations, popular site. Other campsites nearby. In fact, Oregon is loaded with campgrounds, government lands. Bryce Canyon in Idaho not to be missed. There are just so many beautiful forests, lakes, natural wonders in Oregon, you'd have to research what appeals to you; hocking, fishing, ocean fishing, camping in the woods, lakes....it goes on and on. There's even a natural " spiritual" vortex in Oregon where "dimensions" meet and DO create unusual perceptions!
What about your neck of the woods? Would you haul on the BlueRidge Hwy? Haven't been on it in years and it was in a car. We're also newbie towers! What should we see besides New Oleans?
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:52 PM   #23
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No need to abandon your trailer/RV in New Orleans there is a fantastic RV Resort right in the French Quarter. It's The French Quarter RV Resort we loved it... walk to FQ take public transportation easily from there to other things in New Orleans. If you send me your email address (my email ed.brownfield@gmail.com) I will send you a link the blog that we kept going from VA to AZ on I-10 with the password to get into the blog. We just took I 10 out, great beaches in the Pan Handle of Fl, swamp tour in Beaux Bridge Louisiana, observatory in TX, fun hiking in Tucson. We spend the winters in AZ one suggestion would be on your way to Grand Canyon plan on stopping in Sedona (great hiking) there is a wonderful RV park right in Sedona on Oak Creek.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:43 PM   #24
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It may prove useful to quickly scan the blog of our recent trip for places to stay. We spent 8 weeks on the road and covered roughly 8,000 miles including some of the geography you intend to cover. Our trip starts here: On the road to Cannon Beach - Casa Rocinante

I see that another post suggested Rancho Sedona RV park. We'll give that a +1, we enjoyed staying there with our pre-Airstream motor home a few years ago. However, you may wish to check out the north end of the Oak Creek canyon on 89A before planning to exit that way toward Flagstaff - plenty of switchbacks, and signs warning no trucks longer than 50 feet. The warnings are legit, though it's a beautiful drive if the nerves are steady and the rig an acceptable length.

If you decide to explore the north side of the Grand Canyon you might want to check out Kaibab Camper Village. We had a lovely one-night stay there, also a couple of years back. Kaibab Camper Village | Grand Canyon North Rim camping for RVs, trailers, tents, cabin room at Jacob Lake, Arizona

That said, US 89 north from Flagstaff through Navajo territory is a terrible, awful, no good, very bad road - unless they've completely re-paved it in the past couple of years. That stretch of highway very nearly shook our motor home to pieces. We survived, but it was a jarring experience. The scenery is astounding, though the road was simply awful. We split off US 89 to US 89A at Bitter Springs and followed it across Marble Canyon along the base of the Vermillion Cliffs up to the Kaibab Plateau. Again, stunning and beautiful topography and scenery for the entire way. The road improves a bit by the time you get to Marble Canyon, though it's still a country road. We didn't blog that particular trip, though we took quite a few pictures which may whet your appetite: Sedona to Jacob Lake June 2013 - Casa Rocinante

If you're itching to continue north into Utah, here are some shots of our visit to Bryce, which may also get you thinking: Bryce Canyon NP June 2013 - Casa Rocinante

So much to see, so not enough time to see it all!
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:27 AM   #25
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What about your neck of the woods? Would you haul on the BlueRidge Hwy? Haven't been on it in years and it was in a car. We're also newbie towers! What should we see besides New Oleans?

Quick reply now from a mobile device. Sharing Intel about my neck of the woods is a great idea... happy to "give back" in that regard in exchange for all this great info!

We are going to be attempting the Blue Ridge along I77 then to I79 next week! First time doing it with our tow behind but have it pretty well figured out. Our routing, driven dozens of times throughout the years without a trailer, brings us through Summersville, WV along route 19 which bypasses Charleston, WV and save about an hour on our trip. However, we're going to avoid it with the trailer because it's very hilly and through Summersville there are lots of stop lights including ones at the bottoms of huge hills. Happy to report back on how the actual trip goes along with the name of the RV park we stopped at if its any good.

I'm hesitant to share this publicly because of how much we love the place but if you're looking for a coastal SC place to stay literally on the beach, Hunting Island State Park is absolutely amazing. It stays very busy and it's hard to stay in one spot for more than a couple nights at a time but avoid holidays and you should be okay. 100yards over a sand dune is one of the best beaches on the Atlantic side IMHO and if you walk a few thousand yards down, you're almost entirely alone. The major downside to this place is that there is no on-site sewer. There are two dump stations. The park is just outside Beaufort, SC which is a gorgeous small town steeped in old American history. All the Marines east of the Mississippi have been here... Paris Island is right in this area too.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:21 AM   #26
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Gee, that's a lot of great information! Thank you all for your time and suggestions!
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:11 AM   #27
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We stayed at the KOA in San Antonio - a little oasis in town with access to public transportation and biking and walking trails. It is also close to River Walk. It was a 10/10 campground IMHO. Also, when getting into the St. Louis area, there is a beautiful State Park called Babler State Park about 35 minutes west of the city and it is close to hiking and biking trails as well as river access for kayaking or canoeing. It is in my hometown of Wildwood, MO which is very quaint with nice restaurants and a movie theater and not far from Six Flags for the kiddos.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:22 AM   #28
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A word of advice for California Camp Sites when you get here, there are some real beautiful state parks with sites right on the beach or in the redwoods but the best sites sell out 6 months in advance. So, if you are interested in camping on the beach while going up the coast you might want to pick an "anchor date" and book one or two spots in CA well in advance. I think Yosemite books out 5 months. The way to do it is to find a destination park, look it up in campsitephotos,
choose a spot click on details and then the reserve button. That will take you to the associated reservation site. (Reserve America or the National Park Service Reservation System)

For California State parks, you need to book at 8AM 6 months ahead of time. For instance, I booked my New Years camping site this year on the coast planned for 27 December through 4 January on June 1st at 8AM. I used a NIST time web page to ensure that I pressed the reserve button at exactly 8:00:00 AM. 20 sites were sold out in 30 seconds. I was luck to get my first choice. I actually had three web browsers open with three sites chosen and clicked them 1-2-3 and I only got the first one!

Now there may be cancellations and there are usually overflow sites available for walk ups but the choice "I always wanted to camp on the beach on the west coast" sites are gone 6 months in advance.

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This sounds like a trip of a lifetime and I'm sure that you'll have a great time! The crew here on the forums won't steer you wrong as long as you don't start asking about tow vehicle, hitch or Gas/Diesel preferences! ;-)

Have a great time planning (or not) and taking your grand trip!


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