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Cross Country RV Road Trip Planner - Plan Your Route!!
During a 3 ½ week trip each summer with our two boys we've...
- Crossed the country 9 times in 14 years, covering 83,800 miles in our Lazy Daze motorhome
- Traveled through 49 states and 10 Canadian Provinces
- Visited 61 National Parks and 36 State Parks
- Hiked, mountain biked, fished, and rafted in some of the most beautiful places in North America
- Made enough memories to last 4 lifetimes!
Contents of this 400 + page site include...
- Best Cross Country Driving Routes and Itineraries - with stops and mileages for each trip
- Travelogues - our personal experiences at each stop
- Overview Map - of the USA and Canada with push pin links to each stop we've been to
- Activities - that we have done (such as hikes, mountain biking, etc.)
- Best Cross Country Travel Books - references we've used in planning our trips
- Photographs & Videos - of the various places we've visited
- Motorhome Rentals - Why and How you can rent a motorhome of your own
- Top Highlights - places and activities not to be missed
- Tips - to maximize your travel experience
April 12, 2013 Update
At this point in the northeast spring is still struggling to appear, and for better or worse, I have returned from spending the first 3 weeks of March on a motorcycle camping trip to Florida.
The choice of destination was made easy by my good fortune of spending the last 2 March’s in sunny 80+ degree days in Florida with my trusty Lazy Daze motorhome.
This year however, Lorry wasn’t as comfortable leaving her 93 year old mom for an extended time period. Thus, an idea was born… Perhaps I could visit the warmth of Florida using my 1996 Honda ST-1100 motorcycle. This was a trip that I was always thinking about doing, and one that I know would be more difficult or impossible with Lorry as Co-Pilot. (Especially as I was planning on camping while in Florida, and there wouldn’t be enough room for both spouse and camping gear.)
What looked like a great plan in my living room seemed decidedly less so after I spent the first 3 cloudy days, (1200 miles), riding south in weather that included, 35 to 45 degrees, gusting winds, and a hint of snow even in South Carolina.
Things got better in Florida, but the weather forecasts were filled with reports about record cold weather and the challenges that all the kids on “Spring Break” were facing in the cold water of the beaches.
Despite some challenges, and some points in time where I wished I could instantly transport myself home, the trip has aged remarkably well.
After a week of thawing out, I found myself thinking about the lessons learned, (warm weather is critical), and things I will do differently next time.
So… I guess the moral of the story is that even if a trip doesn't go exactly as planned, it’s always a learning experience that can help things go better the next time.
We’ve finally updated the trip labeled 2008 Martha’s Vineyard Vacation. While not a single trip, it is really a compilation of many of our trips to the Island for a period of over 30 years. I think Lorry did a great job trying to describe both our personal highlights, and deliver an objective narrative of some of the best of what this popular vacation destination has to offer.
I hope that my own efforts in including photographs taken through the years will help anyone else who might be thinking about visiting this incredibly beautiful Island and creating some lasting memories for themselves.
I continue to be negligent in updating the videos, but for now the list of my favorites remains unchanged at:
- Sliding on Saucers down the sand dunes of White Sands National Monument
- Boating and Camping on Heron Lake State Park
- Sliding down the rocks in Slide Rock State Park
- Boating in a raft on Lake Powell
- Rafting the Colorado River north of Moab, UT
On a personal note... something that this website has given our entire family that was not part of the original goal, is an awareness of how documenting one's travels will both preserve and enhance your appreciation of the experience, for years after the trip was taken. I am regularly amazed about how little of our previous travels we can recall, unless they were preserved with photos, videos, and hopefully a compelling narrative. While it might initially seem a bit of bother to pose the family photos or stage a video shoot, the value of these moments seems to grow exponentially with the passage of time. This is especially true when the subjects include children that rapidly evolve into adolescents and adults with the passing of every year.
Finally, if anyone is reading this, we would love to hear from you, especially if you are planning your own road trip adventure. Comments from experienced travelers on each of the stops are also greatly appreciated. We plan on revisiting many of our favorite locations, and if you could add a bit of local knowledge beyond that which we have already included, it would help us to continue our explorations.
Also consider AARP RV insurance when planning your trip. Your should always be prepared for the unexpected on cross country trips.
A word of warning
This mode of travel is not for everyone. Some of the daily mileages are well above what many would consider recreational, and the pace of activities could be described as frenetic, so you might want to add a few days or remove a few stops to make your trip more relaxing. Still if you like..
- Exploring natural wonders
- Being physically active - hiking, biking, swimming, etc.
- Getting away from the crowds
- Bonding with your offspring or significant other
then you might find something of use in this site. Check out the routes we traveled by hovering your mouse over the year links on the map, and then select one that might be of interest. From that trip's itinerary, select a place of interest.
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Thanks for visiting!