- Pacific Northwest
- Final Family XC Trip
- Northern California
- Colorado Rockies
- 1 Week in Quebec
- Southeast Coast
- Graduates' XC Trip
- NH Backpacking
- Martha's Vineyard
- Yosemite & Nevada
- Southern Alaska
- Colorado & Utah
- Canadian Maritimes
- Best of Utah
- Southern Loop
- Pacific Northwest
- Midwest & Rockies
- Los Angeles to NYC
- East Coast Trips
- RV Rentals
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 99,800 miles in our Lazy Daze motorhome
- Traveled through 49 states and 10 Canadian Provinces
- Visited 61 National Parks and over 50 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
May 9, 2014 Update
The good news is that we have added two more west coast trips for the year 2013. Having both our boys west in Seattle and San Francisco provides ample motivation to get on a plane, pick-up the RV, and hit the road.
The first trip after our Final Family X-C Trip was made in September when we picked up the Lazy Daze in San Francisco and headed up to the Pacific Northwest. This was a long overdue exploration of northern California, Oregon, and Washington State. We found some great places that we had never been to before, and it was great to find our grown up boys happily settled into their new lives.
The second trip was a somewhat spontaneous choice to spend Thanksgiving with the boys in Yosemite National Park . It would be a challenge for both boys to fly home to NJ for Thanksgiving since they would have to travel at the peak of travel crowds and airline fares. It was far more efficient for us to fly out west in the week before Thanksgiving and then pick up the boys in San Francisco for the drive out to Yosemite.
We had a great time revisiting one of our favorite places on earth and celebrating Thanksgiving Dinner in Yosemite Lodge. As both boys have become avid rock climbers, a highlight for me was climbing with them, (and even Lolo), on some of the legendary rock of Yosemite Valley. My future goal is to keep quality of my climbing as close as possible to their capabilities as the year’s progress… Lolo and I capped off this trip with an exploration of the California Coast down to San Diego.
In a personal demonstration of website development competency, (that I was beginning to question), I have just completed a major update of this website and all modules to the latest version of Drupal. While the changes should be invisible to our readers, it should insure that this site will be continue to be accessible as the server software continues to be upgraded.
Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion that it easily takes more time to plan and then document our journeys than it actually takes to execute them. This might seem a bit perverse,,, and maybe it will change in the future but at this point we still are able to do both. Hopefully we can pull it off till the boys start to document some trips of their own?
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 at 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.
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!!