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    Default California -> Florida -> Maine -> Washington..

    [Editor's Note: This thread started as a Summer RoadTrip Planning Query, but has now transformed into a report of the trip. Read on -- it's a goody!]

    I've had the planning for this trip in the works for a good amount of time now. 3 of us total (2 guys and 1 girl - all about 22), This begins on June 1st, and are going to be renting a car and doing The ULTIMATE US roadtrip. We are going to just about every state, short of the midwest because we didn't see a need to go there (:) im not kidding).

    We are leaving June 1st from Long Beach, CA then to Texas, LA, FL (Disneyworld for 3-4 days). We each have AAA so towing and discounts will probably be used. We are then going to drive up the East Coast to Maine, along the canadian/USA border (great lakes/niagra falls).. then back to Washington stopping in Seattle for original starbucks.. We need to get back to Los Angeles by June 21.

    MY QUESTION:
    I've searched on every roadtrip website, and I have not found good, solid information on FUN stops along the way around my route. Does anyone have good suggestions for a group of graduated college students?

    THANK YOU!!
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 10-12-2007 at 02:18 PM.

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    Default Define Fun

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    There's lots of information about fun things to do, both on this and other websites.

    The problem is what's fun for you, might not be fun for others, or vice versa.

    What sort of "fun" things are you looking for?

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    Hi Mike,
    I'm looking for popular sites, crazy/odd places.. historic landmarks..

    thanks

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    Default So check it out!

    (in my best Randy Jackson voice) Dawg, that's crazy. 8,300 miles MINIMUM in three weeks! That is almost 400 miles per day. Yeah - there are some great things to see on that trip, and there are folks here that can give you all kinds of great ideas, but how are you going to drive 7 and half hours a day, eat, and sleep and have any time to see anything? Check it out...can't be done.

    Now Randy (in my best Paula Abdul voice) They are young, strong and determined. They can take turns and drive all night, eat in the car and spend their inheritance on gasoline. I think they should just do it! Yeah, you're all winners! You can do it!

    Shut up Paula! (in my best Simon Cowell voice, with rolling eyes) You guys really are nuts...and it probably doesn't matter what what we say, you're in a universe all your own. Just don't be surprised when you burn out in North Dakota and don't have a quick way to get home.

    Don't you think you're being a little harsh (in my best Ryan Seacrest voice) These guys, and a gal, want to take on the world, do the impossible, just so they can tell their kids that they did it before there were hover-cars and automatic highways. When you actually had to drive the car yourself. (turning to the contestant) Just don't forget to change the oil every 3,000 miles.

    Cue the music. Fade to black.

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    ... oh my god.. hahaha :D

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    Wow I'm from Long Beach too! I'm going to similar places...Grand Canyon, Birmingham, Nashville, NC, Orlando, Boston, Chicago... but I'm leaving in July! Best of luck with your travels!

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    Just got back! 10,000 miles, 1 less travel buddy and a crapload spent on gas!

    I outlined the entire outside of the lower 48 United States in 24 days (June 2 - June 26) and had one of the best times of my life. It cost me about 3200 with car rental split between 3 people (I rented a 2007 Toyota 4Runner for 1232,00 for 24 days). I just wanted to make a couple recommendations:

    1. BRING A GPS unit!!
    2. Gas is cheaper outside big cities! I paid as little as 2.81/gallon.
    3. Rent a car - get one from National with unlimited mileage - an SUV is a plus
    4. Dont bring too much stuff! You will buy things along the way and it will just get cluttered as you go.
    5. If you go with others, keep a gas envelope having each person contribute $100 up front, so there is no fighting about gas..
    6. sunglasses help!
    7. bring an IPOD with FM transmitter
    8. BE CAREFUL OF SPEED TRAPS! I got 2 speeding tickets on the same day! 1 in Michigan and the other in New York. Road construction signs are traps, especially since construction is rarely being done, just to double fines of speeders.
    9. keep a positive attitude! dont worry about the money, think about that after the trip is over
    10. take lots of pictures on a digital camera and have something to transfer the pictures to after the memory chip gets full.

    HAVE A NICE DRIVE!

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    Default Good for you

    So you made it! Congratulations!! "Paula" would be proud.

    Give us some specifics about the towns you hit, how you split driving, what you saw, what was the best, what was a waste of time, etc.

    Craig Sheumaker

    co-author of A Traveler's Guide: America's Living History - The Early Years

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwg84 View Post
    8. BE CAREFUL OF SPEED TRAPS! I got 2 speeding tickets on the same day! 1 in Michigan and the other in New York.
    Ouch!

    Other than that it sounds like you had a good and rewarding trip and have been bitten by the bug!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedCorral View Post
    So you made it! Congratulations!! "Paula" would be proud.

    Give us some specifics about the towns you hit, how you split driving, what you saw, what was the best, what was a waste of time, etc.

    Craig Sheumaker

    co-author of A Traveler's Guide: America's Living History - The Early Years
    Hey Craig,
    Sorry it's been so long!! The best stops were in San Antonio, New Orleans!, Orlando, Washington D.C., Boston, New York City (Manhattan), Chicago, Yellowstone National Park, Seattle and of course LA :)

    We did not have a set agenda with splitting driving time. We decided how many miles we "HAD" to drive in any given day, and then one of us drove until we got tired. My most memorable day was when we were visiting Harvard and checked the time, I asked my girlfriend where we had to go that day... NIAGARA FALLS!! 964 miles away!! We departed at 1:15pm to drive 964 miles to Niagara falls, ny... made it at 4am after driving very very scary roads in the middle of the night.. & with no starbucks to keep me awake. We slept in the back of the SUV in a Walmart parking lot. I got 3 hours of sleep that night at best because without sleep I began to notice an increase in arguments! :P I laugh now but at the time I was really angry.

    => I personally found Mount Rushmore to be the biggest let-down! the faces were so small and there was a HEFTY fee just to park in the monument parking lot. It was a waste of time. Eastern Texas is BEAUTIFUL! Everything between Arizona and West Texas is a barren wasteland and not worth stopping unless you need to sleep.

    => Yellowstone was great! I stayed in a log cabin camp in the center of the park. Our room was above the kitchen so we woke up to the smell of eggs, bacon, toast.. homestyle cooking! :) Was a great experience. We saw Old Faithful, but even that was not what I was expecting. She didn't put on much of a show.

    Baltimore is a really great city to visit although a lot of it has rough parts (be aware). The port and the original washington monument were really interesting to see. I began to notice that every town had its own distinct features, which, when thinking back about the towns I visited I can feel the atmosphere/vibes just remembering back. Also, it came in handy that I had a lot of college friends in big city towns I stopped at. It was great because they were "free" tour guides :) and knew the best places to visit.

    New Orleans and Orlando were my ultimate favorite cities. In New Orleans I stayed in a suite at the Harrah's Casino. A road trip buddy is a Harrah's frequent so he had free rooms (we just redeemed it).

    I could type for hours about the experience. It was beyond awesome. I recommend everyone SEE THE USA!


    DRIVE & BE SAFE!

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