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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 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
January 6, 2014 Update
As anyone who has visited the site during the last year undoubtedly knows, I have been grossly negligent in updating the cover page and adding new trips. This is a public New Year's resolution to strive to be more timely with updates.
However, the good news is that it was not for a lack of material that we didn't update the site, but rather it was a function of "too much travel" and not enough "down time" to create both narrative and photos for the one cross-country and two subsequent west coast trips that we did manage to do during 2013.
Regrettably, 2013 will probably mark the last time that our family would make a cross-country-trip as the nuclear family unit that had crossed the country almost 10 times before.
We knew it had to happen, but Lolo and I were still wondering where the years went when this June both Tommy and Andrew graduated from College and Graduate School, and then got jobs on the West Coast in Seattle and San Francisco.
So it was certainly destined to be an emotional trip, and for reasons that I'll leave to Lolo's narrative in the Final Family XC Trip, it was an objectively stressful crossing as well.
Still, we have adapted to the changing circumstances of our offspring and now leave our trusty Lazy Daze, and it's new Toad, a Subaru Forester in storage out in Petaluma California. Since our original crossing in July we have flown back twice to visit the boys, and have traveled up to Seattle and down to San Diego.
Through the miracle of flight we are now back home in one day, rather than the 8 long days of driving in the RV that we had grown accustomed too. While I appreciate the time savings, I would certainly trade it all for a chance to do it all again with the boys as they were at ages 8 and 10 when we first started our travels.
Still, you can't go back, so I'm grateful for the times we had, and am now looking forward to many more trips to the boys' home turf. Maybe we need to think about moving our homestead west as well?
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.
Go to About to learn more about our setup and who we are.
Thanks for visiting!!