Originally Posted by Lothlorian
The Ken Burns special on National Parks has me thinking about making a trip west.
The last time I was at the big National Parks out west was back in the early 70's when best friend and I went out west for a month to camp and fish. I would like to do it again with my wife. We will leave Atlanta and head to Southern Illinois for our first stop. We will leave the Cape Girardeu area and head west.
I will be pulling my 27' Overlander with my 4.7L Ram Dodge for the trip. I want to visit some nice sites, but I am not sure how well my Ram 1500
would do in the mountains. I will work on keeping my weight down.
Any suggestions on a nice park to visit and how to set up a plan? Something majestic and memorable. I don't want to go all the way to California. If you have any memorable trips for a beginner airstreamer please reply. I only have used my airstream for my property or the local state parks.
Welcome, neighbor! We are over in east Cobb.
We just took a two week (16 days) trip from ATL to the four corners UT/CO national parks and back, and I can say it felt like a month - it was so relaxing and beautiful. Since we are close, I'd be happy to share by phone, in person, whatever if you are at all interested. Just send me a pm if so.
Anyway, the short story. Stops out: Jasper, AL; lunch in Memphis; stop in Springfield, MO; stop in Dodge City, KS; boondocked at Great Sand Dunes NP (awesome); camped outside of Mesa Verde NP; stopped by Antelope Canyon; camped outside of Zion NP (campground full - would have stayed in the park); boondocked in Bryce Canyon; boondocked outside of Arches NP on BLM land - most awesome, and then back via a similar but different route.
We never touched an interstate outside of a stretch on 70 (which was actually beautiful), and a little bit getting from Birmingham back to ATL. Took all two lane roads by choice.
Happy to share more if you're interested! I am still sorting through the 1,000 pictures I took.