This is my first post on this forum, however I have spent most of this evening reading posts and reading articles. Introducing myself here... My name is Scott, I'm 31 years old, and am looking to plan a huge road trip in Late September to early October. I am planning to be on the road for 3-4 weeks, with no definite location or route. At this point I'm trying to get some ideas.
The problem is, determining the route is easy, but I want to see and experience things on this trip. The first thing I read on this site is to determine the goals for this trip. Is it the Journey or the Destination? For me it is the Journey. I am going through a rough patch recently separating from my wife, and need to get out of town for a long while and see what is out there. I have not seen most of America's greatest traditional tourist attractions aside from the ones on the east coast.
The kicker is... I'm also kind of counterculture. Not only do I want to see things like The Grand Canyon I want to see some crazy and weird things too. America's largest ball of yarn might be off the beaten path, but America's largest Toilet might be more of an interesting picture and story for me. That's just an example of what kind of person I am and what would make me happy in my trip.
I made up a potential trip, but it is definitely not set in stone, and I am looking for ideas of things to check out. The plans are this: From Roanoke Virginia, head to Atlanta for the aquarium then head to Memphis. I don't know what to do in Memphis except maybe get some BBQ! From Memphis, I'd like to head to Tulsa for a visit with a friend and then south into Texas hanging a right at Dallas and heading for the Panhandle. I don't know much about what to do in Texas except that I'd like to see lots of open roads. From there I thought about heading North to Carlsbad NM to the caverns and up to Roswell for the traditional UFO tourism. I considered heading up to Billy The Kid's grave in Fort Sumner and maybe up to Santa Fe, but I know NOTHING about that area either. I was planning to stay on the southern border and take a side trip to Tombstone AZ, and then up to Phoenix. After Phoenix, head west to LA past Joshua Tree. From there I head north toward Frisco (maybe on PCH?) and East into Nevada and on to Salt Lake City. (I've already done Death Valley, but not Yosemite and I dont know the best way to get there.) From Salt Lake, north to Yellowstone for a visit to Old Faithful, and then east all the way to Mt Rushmore and Sturgis. After Sturgis, I don't know anything interesting on the way to Chicago. From Chicago I'm thinking about going through Detroit into Canada and up to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and to Quebec City. From there I can head into Maine and back down 95 to NYC, DC, and then home to Roanoke.
I am travelling in a Subaru that is completely road-ready and itching for a long long trip. I have about 300 CDs and recordings to listen to on my trip, and I plan to bring my Laptop, Cell Phone and Digital Camera with me to document my trip as I'm going. (Specifically on my website.) The biggest challenge on the trip will be for me NOT to eat 8000 slim jims and 40 cases of mountain dew, ::laughs::.
Anyone have any suggestions or ideas on places or ideas for my trip? I'd love to hear anything you have to say!