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    Default Roundtrip Adventure from New York City

    This is long and windling text, and I don´t expect anyone to read it all. However, if someone read about the part of the country they know a little bit extra, and send a comment, I will be grateful.

    I´ve been reading maybe a hundred threads in this amazing and totally fantastic forum, and learned a lot. Today I have tried to get a complete loop-route that will works with time and economy.

    This is the result. It is a schedule that me and my wife will make more complete after finding more places nearby the route that we might think be interesting, but I don´t think we will change too much. This is what we wanna do in six weeks, sometimes in August – September 2007.

    I have checked motels and hotels around the trip, and I know the cost. I usually selected Super 8, but we doesn´t need to use them. However, they offer free Internet Access i all motels that I checked, and they offer something called “Continental breakfast”. I was googling and first hit says “The free continental breakfast was fine”, second hit says “worst continental breakfast I have perhaps ever encountered”. (Search criteria: opinion continental breakfast super 8). I guess there will be a surprise every morning :-) But eating a breakfast at the motel before getting on the road saves a lot of time that can be spent for other activities.

    I have refuse to have scheduled rides in a day for more than 500 miles. The average is 285 miles for the 29 days we’re driving. Driving for sightseeing have to be added. There is 13 days when no driving at all is planned. There is many opportunities to cut a day by driving two stages in a day, if we want or must. I however wanted to be realistic if something happens. If we´re involved i a accident so we need to change car, if we´re going to be sick with fever for a day or two, we must be able to catch that time again.

    We have started to google around for things to do on the trips, and found a lot that we put inside the scheme bit by bit. We´re especially looking for things to stop and look at for 15-30 minutes, and then go again. Fancy places to eat, to watch and buy handicraft or just see the biggest X in the world. I don´t know if it really exists, but in many movies we see scenes from “farmer markets” with competitions like “biggest cucumber”, “most beautiful cow” or “the best blueberry pie”. To visit something like that would be great.

    I will also try to visit one or two big sportsevent if possible. To see a NFL-game or a Nascar race woud make me happy. NFL-season is, as far as I could read, not scheduled for September 2007 yet. Nascar is scheduled, but we haven´t booked the flight yet, so yet we don´t know exactly when we come. Maybe we will change a little for having a chance to do these things.

    So, even if it´s a little bit empty in the scheme, we have plans.

    Day 1-3: New York without a car. No problem with things to see and do, more problems with not having enough time.

    Day 4: Picking up the car. First days tripp is not too long, it will be Philadelphia and Independence National Historic Park. Sleeps in Philadelphia.

    Day 5: Wilmington, DE and see Fort Cristina and the ship Kalmar Nyckel. Then we are going to Washington DC and watch the White House. Then to south of Richmond, VA for sleeping.

    Day 6: We wanna reach the south, so today it´s a long trip to Savannah, GA on I-95.

    Day 7: Time for the beaches, Jacksonville Beach, FL. We choosed Jacksonville since it looks to be not so “heavy” as Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Are we doing the right thing?

    Day 8-9: Sun and bath at Jacksonville Beach. After all, we´re on holiday.

    Day 10: Across norther Florida on I-10 to a motel close to Pensacola, FL. We will have lunch in Marianna, since my wifes name is Mariana.

    Day 11: Todays goal is New Orleans, LA

    Day 12: Still in New Orleans.

    Day 13: Now begins a week with long distances to drive. First stop is Houston, TX where we will sleep.

    Day 14: San Antonio, TX is the goal today.

    Day 15: Alpine, TX is where we sleep this night. We drive US-90 since it looks more scenic then I-10. I don´t know if Texas is scenic at all, but all these endless land is a must seen too, since it is big part of US.

    Day 16: El Paso, TX is the fourth and last stop in Texas. My plan from the beginning was to drive through Texas in two days. Then I decided I didn´t wanted to drive more than 500 miles per day, so longer trips was splitted into two parts. Maybe we try to drive through Texas in three days.

    Day 17: Phoenix, AZ is the goal today. If we drive through Texas in three days, we probably have an extra day in Phoenix. Otherwize we probably only sleeps there. The original plan was to visit San Diego, but we changed, and saved some hundred miles and some days. Insted we take...

    Day 18: A trip to Flagstaff, AZ, for taking position into the next days trip to...

    Day 19: Grand Canyon. We hope we can drive through the park and in the evening entering Las Vegas, NV. Everybody says it should be entered when the sun is down, because it´s so many lights.

    Day 20-21: Playing at the casino, so we can afford to continue the ride :-)

    Day 22: We will go to Los Angeles, CA. The place that all the famous, sooner or later, will visit. Now it´s time for us. :-)

    Day 23: Sightseeing in Los Angeles. My wife loves american films and TV. She knows everything about nearly every celebrity in Hollywood, and therefor I think we will spend most of the times in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Maybe also in Malibu Beach.

    Day 24: It´s time for the PCH1 to San Francisco. It´s hard, but many swedish people tolds me that it is possible to go to SF in one day without pushing too hard, if we starts early in the morning.

    Day 25: Sightseeing in SF

    Day 26: A trip to Reno, NV. I have skipped the plans of Bodie and Yosemite.

    Day 27: Elko, NV. If someone asked me to go to a place in the middle of nowhere, this will probably be the place I go for.

    Day 28: Salt Lake City, UT is todays goal. The last three days can maybe be driven in two days, and if so, we can have a extra day in Salt Lake City.

    Day 29: We will go north, to Rexburg, ID and look at the enormous fields of potatoes there. It is also a good position for the next days adventure...

    Day 30: Yellowstone! I really look forward to this day. We drive around inside Yellowstone all day, and in the evening go to Cody, WY. (If the map is right we will also have a few miles in Montana before we enter Yellowstone).

    Day 31: It´s time for taking position for the next event. We do it in Sturgis, SD, because it´s close to Mt Rushmore, but not close enough for motels to rise their rates.

    Day 32: We look at Mount Rushmore, and then we will have a glass of free icewater, so we go to Wall, SD.

    Day 33: The time is running away, and we need to drive to east. We will go to Sioux Falls, SD today.

    Day 34: We go to Minneapolis, MN. My wife tolds me they have the worlds larges shopping centre right there, so I guess we will be there for a while.

    Day 35-36: Two days of discover parts of Minnesota, where so many people with swedish roots live. Maybe we have Minneapolis as a base, maybe not...

    Day 37: Today we are going to Chicago, IL. It´s pity we don´t have time to really see this city, but then we have reasons to came back.

    Day 38: Cleveland, OH is todays target. We´re also back in eastern timezone.

    Day 39: We think Niagara Falls, NY is a must, so we´ll go there today. Anyone who knows the price for good barrels in wood? :-)

    Day 40: My wife, Mariana, says the she must buy a really quilt made by Amish people. So today we´re going to go through Pennsylvania to Lancaster, PA. I hope we can get one.

    Day 41: Time to enter New York, leave the car, pack everything and say goodbye to US for this time.

    Day 42: The plane will take us back to Sweden.

    And BTW, all working people in motels, hotels, restaurants and taxidrivers that should be tipped, will be tipped.

    Bernt Bergkvist
    Stockholm, Sweden

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    Default Lots of Opinions around here!

    Quote Originally Posted by berrafromsweden View Post
    And BTW, all working people in motels, hotels, restaurants and taxidrivers that should be tipped, will be tipped.
    Yep, I bet you heard more on this subject than you ever wanted to know... Tipping was discussed a bit in Bernt's original post here.
    I´ve been reading maybe a hundred threads in this amazing and totally fantastic forum, and learned a lot. Today I have tried to get a complete loop-route that will works with time and economy.
    Truly awesome, that you have been "working" on the Forum in this way -- there is so much good info here, that most of us tend to forget what there is to find here.
    I have checked motels and hotels around the trip, and I know the cost. I usually selected Super 8, but we doesn´t need to use them. However, they offer free Internet Access i all motels that I checked, and they offer something called “Continental breakfast”.
    I have stayed at both Super 8 and others of that same category. For me, the best "continental breakfast" is served by the Holiday Inn Express chain -- the menu is the same everywhere, but there is always fresh fruit, cereal, fresh rolls, eggs, and waffles.
    But eating a breakfast at the motel before getting on the road saves a lot of time that can be spent for other activities.
    I agree totally, which is why I often stay at Holiday Inn Express locations.
    I have refuse to have scheduled rides in a day for more than 500 miles. The average is 285 miles for the 29 days we’re driving. Driving for sightseeing have to be added. There is 13 days when no driving at all is planned. There is many opportunities to cut a day by driving two stages in a day,
    All seems like a reasonable plan.
    Fancy places to eat, to watch and buy handicraft or just see the biggest X in the world. I don´t know if it really exists, but in many movies we see scenes from “farmer markets” with competitions like “biggest cucumber”, “most beautiful cow” or “the best blueberry pie”. To visit something like that would be great.
    Almost every metropolitan area hosts "farmers markets" ususally one day every 2-3 weeks. State and county fairs also have these types of contests.
    I will also try to visit one or two big sportsevent if possible. To see a NFL-game or a Nascar race woud make me happy. NFL-season is, as far as I could read, not scheduled for September 2007 yet
    The NFL games are set about 2-3 years in advance (that is a game is scheduled even if the exact teams are not known). Here is an enthusiast's site -- with info about sporting events running up to events in 2011!
    Day 7: Time for the beaches, Jacksonville Beach, FL. We choosed Jacksonville since it looks to be not so “heavy” as Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Are we doing the right thing?
    What does "heavy" mean?
    Day 15: Alpine, TX is where we sleep this night. We drive US-90 since it looks more scenic then I-10. I don´t know if Texas is scenic at all, but all these endless land is a must seen too, since it is big part of US.
    I really like driving across Texas -- Here is a site run by some friends about scenic places to explore in Texas.
    Day 17: Phoenix, AZ is the goal today. If we drive through Texas in three days, we probably have an extra day in Phoenix. Otherwize we probably only sleeps there. The original plan was to visit San Diego, but we changed, and saved some hundred miles and some days. Insted we take..
    You should not blow through New Mexico and southern Arizona without seeing what is here. Some of the best shopping in the world can be found in New Mexico -- the best guide for western folk arts I have ever read is this one...
    Day 19: Grand Canyon. We hope we can drive through the park and in the evening entering Las Vegas, NV. Everybody says it should be entered when the sun is down, because it´s so many lights.
    That view from I-515 is a good one -- but I think you will be transfixed by the view of Hoover Dam approaching from Arizona!
    Day 20-21: Playing at the casino, so we can afford to continue the ride :-)
    Here are a few more things to do here in Las Vegas.
    Day 24: It´s time for the PCH1 to San Francisco. It´s hard, but many swedish people tolds me that it is possible to go to SF in one day without pushing too hard, if we starts early in the morning.
    It is possible, but a shame to drive past so much good scenery. I have driven the entire highway a dozen plus times in recent years -- it will take you 10-12 hours to drive the entire highway.
    Day 26: A trip to Reno, NV. I have skipped the plans of Bodie and Yosemite.
    You might consider using US-50 and see Lake Tahoe on your way to Reno -- Virginia City is another side trip full of western lore that I think you would enjoy!
    Day 27: Elko, NV. If someone asked me to go to a place in the middle of nowhere, this will probably be the place I go for.
    I would say Winnemuca would be a better choice.
    Day 28: Salt Lake City, UT is todays goal. The last three days can maybe be driven in two days, and if so, we can have a extra day in Salt Lake City.
    I don't think so, not given your other preferences!
    Day 30: Yellowstone! I really look forward to this day. We drive around inside Yellowstone all day, and in the evening go to Cody, WY. (If the map is right we will also have a few miles in Montana before we enter Yellowstone).
    Another guide book I would recommend, I use it everytime I head up there is this one.
    Day 32: We look at Mount Rushmore, and then we will have a glass of free icewater, so we go to Wall, SD.
    Far more interesting is the Badlands -- be sure to turn on your AM radio and listen to the Navajo radio stations.
    Day 35-36: Two days of discover parts of Minnesota, where so many people with swedish roots live. Maybe we have Minneapolis as a base, maybe not...
    I might be able to assist you there.
    Anyone who knows the price for good barrels in wood? :-)
    Oh sure...
    Day 41: Time to enter New York, leave the car, pack everything and say goodbye to US for this time.
    this time is right. You will need to come back soon.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 12-31-2006 at 05:41 PM. Reason: Added link for sporting event schedules

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    hi Bernt,

    I live only 70 miles East of Yellowstone, and if the park is indeed one of the attractions you're particularly looking forward to then I would suggest spending an extra day there. While a day is more than enough to drive all the major roads, some of the most beautiful and popular areas do involve a bit of walking or hiking. There's quite a lot to see there, the many thermal areas and the wildlife alone may hold you up.

    There is major road construction ongoing at the East Entrance (leading to Cody) which is scheduled to be completed by Fall '07. You may want to check the park website before your trip for a heads-up. If construction is still underway, the East entrance will close at 8pm. In other words, wherever you are in the park - keep an eye on the time and your distance to the entrance. Having to turn back and go through the Northeast to Cody would be quite a detour.

    The scenery outside of the Park on the road leading to Cody is gorgeous too, btw... just keep an eye out for crossing deer - there tend to be quite a lot in the area and I've had my share of close encounters, lol. If you happen to make it to Cody by evening (and before August 31st), the town is also host to a famous rodeo every night at 8pm.

    If your only agenda for the following day is the drive from Cody to Sturgis, I'd also suggest stopping at Devil's Tower National Monument in Eastern Wyoming. It's basically along the way, and you'd have plenty of time for a leisurely walk around the base of the mountain before continuing on to Sturgis.

    Finally, I couldn't agree more with Mark on Mt.Rushmore and the Badlands. I found the Badlands far more impressive and interesting as well.

    regards,
    sascha

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    Default Greybull perchance?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoadTripper Sascha View Post
    I live only 70 miles East of Yellowstone,
    Just curious -- are you near Greybull? I was born in Cody and one of our primetime photo contributors, Bob Brown, still lives & works there.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    Just curious -- are you near Greybull? I was born in Cody and one of our primetime photo contributors, Bob Brown, still lives & works there.

    Mark
    Small world! I live in Powell, some 55 miles away... will be driving through Greybull tomorrow on my way into the Bighorns :)

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    Day 40: My wife, Mariana, says the she must buy a really quilt made by Amish people. So today we´re going to go through Pennsylvania to Lancaster, PA. I hope we can get one.
    I have a suggestion for you. You will be in Western New York at Niagara Falls. Instead of driving all the way back down to Lancaster County, why don't you try the Amish communities of Chatauqua County. (For a map, go here click on the shopping link and then the Amish link)

    This is a group of people that got fed up with the increasing commercialization of Amish products and lifestyle in the 60's and moved to rural New York to find a more quiet life. They bought farms, ripped out the plumbing and electricity and have been there ever since. Nowadays, most farms have a small shop where they sell products made on that farm--some sell jams and jellies, cheeses, furniture, quilts, wooden toys and even farm implements. Everything is made by hand, without electricity or modern tools. There is not a city or town center, so you drive from farm to farm on dirt roads, sharing it with farmers in horse drawn wagons. I lived in the area for a number of years and on trips out there it was unusual to see another car. If you go on washdays, there will be lines of laundry flying on pulley systems up to the eaves of the enormous barns.

    So, to break it down for you--here are the benefits to going to Chatauqua County instead of Lancaster:

    1. A shorter drive--Chatauqua County is between Cleveland and Niagara Falls.
    2. Many people I know have complained that while everything in Lancaster County has an "AMish" label on it, they didn't actually get what they wanted--which was the opportunity to see and interact with the AMish community. I feel Chatauqua is a much more authentic experience. However, if you want to go to an AMish themed amusement park--there is one in Lancaster County.
    3. In Chatauqua County, the products are sold by the people who make them (and prices are much better, by the way)
    4. Weather--summertime is beautiful and relatively cool in Western New York.

    You could then spend your last day driving through the Fingerlakes Region of New York State--see www.fingerlakes.org., or down through the Hudson River Valley into New York City. Either way the scenery is stunning.

    Anyway, I sound like the PR agent for this region. I am not, but I definitely learned to love this region during a three year stay there. It is definitely worth seeing more than just Niagara Falls.

    Okay, one more comment on Niagara Falls. Park in the actual park--on Goat Island if possible. The town ... has the most tacky tourist traps I have ever seen (and I live in New Jersey!!). You may want to have your picture taken in a giant plastic barrel or go through a third rate wax museum (there are a slew of them there--some only cost a couple of bucks to get in--and you get just what you pay for), but plan to do all your sightseeing there at the actual park.
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 12-31-2006 at 08:04 PM. Reason: format and "Good Neighbor's" policy

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    Default Good advice about Chatauqua County

    Quote Originally Posted by newjerseyskouson View Post
    So, to break it down for you--here are the benefits to going to Chatauqua County.
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! Thanks for the local intel about finding authentic artisian crafts and the information about Chatauqua.

    I edited a couple of words from your previous post -- We have a policy of not disrespecting places (because those places are somebody's home town) Communicating about a specific instance or event is fair game, but negative generalizations will rarely survive more than a moment or two around here.

    Thanks,

    Mark

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    Default The Queen of TTT says "whoopie!"

    Quote Originally Posted by newjerseyskouson View Post
    Okay, one more comment on Niagara Falls. Park in the actual park--on Goat Island if possible. The town ... has the most tacky tourist traps I have ever seen (and I live in New Jersey!!). You may want to have your picture taken in a giant plastic barrel or go through a third rate wax museum (there are a slew of them there--some only cost a couple of bucks to get in--and you get just what you pay for), but plan to do all your sightseeing there at the actual park.
    I wanna know what town this is. PM me, OK? If I ever get that far east, I'll have to check it out. I LOVE TTT!!!

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    Day 23: Sightseeing in Los Angeles. My wife loves american films and TV. She knows everything about nearly every celebrity in Hollywood, and therefor I think we will spend most of the times in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Maybe also in Malibu Beach.
    Hi.

    Re this city I'll just mention that despite being used to London, which is a very big city, I wasn't quite prepared for just how sprawling LA is, and even though traffic there didn't seem nearly as heavy as I expected, it still took a surprising long time to get anywhere just because of the sheer distances.

    We were based in Santa Monica and getting to Hollywood was a real trek; likewise gawping at Beverley Hills was a slow task just due to the road layout (miles of unmarked junctions and twisty roads make for slow progress).

    Anyhow, just suggesting you plan carefully and don't be too optimistic about the amount you can squeeze in in the time you're there.

    Enjoy your trip!

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    Thanks everyone, we have now a much more complete plan for our trip. The distance in MS S&T has reached from 8.000 miles to close 10.000 miles, since a lot of scenic roads has beed added.

    But, there is some things I wonder about:

    We plan to go from August 10:th to September 20:th. I have understand that USA is celebrating something called Labors Day by the Monday 3:rd September. Somewhere I readed that this long-weekend usually cause a very heavy traffic. The plan is to travel PCH1 from LA to SF in one day, Saturday 1:st... It´s a long drive on any day, but, if the traffic there is TOO heavy for that road, that day, we maybe have to change plans?

    My wife wants to see an old cotton ranch/farm/plantation/mansion (I don´t know the exact word, and my Google-search returns most crap). A sort of museum where we can see how buildings and interior was 150 years ago in the south. If possible in east Georgia/South Carolina or northern Florida. Any suggestions?

    How long can I drive a rental car without changing oil or make any other service? Will the rental company get totally mad of me if I come back after 38 days and have been driving 11-12.000 miles?

    Bernt Bergkvist
    Stockholm, Sweden

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