Designing an RV road trip isn’t easy, especially for a couple of Australians who have never done anything like this before; we had no idea how popular this sort of treks was? But the last 3 weeks we have been on our computers at least 5 hours a night, reading blogs, google mapping pictures, reviews of RV camp sites and buying e-books about boon docking, a term I had never heard of before.
So, the RV is booked, 30ft and a route is being worked out, we have booked only a few spots that our target dates. The trip is 7 weeks and it begins in 2 weeks from LA, yikes!!!
Every one of our Australian friends are green with envy when we tell them of our plans, it seems to be the one thing they all want to do. The only thing any of us know about a cross-country trek around America is from Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation. It has been on my list of things to do for countless years and now we are off and I’m looking forward to turning every corner and experiencing something more magical than the next.
I have read Southwest Dave’s travel blog, which has been most informative and very entertaining, in fact I was rather pleased with myself when I realized that I had chosen a few of the routes he had already taken and raved about. As a result his blog I have now included Ouray CO, which look fantastic, exactly what we are looking for.
Below I will list a few details about the “Plan” and us so far, again if anyone has any suggestions it would be most appreciated.
My Partner and I, Pippa have been living in China now for 4 month working on the Australian Pavilion for World Expo, As much as we have explored, eaten and experienced China we are dying to get out. No more cities, apart from, LA, San Fran, New York. We would love to stay away from cities and would rather picturesque small towns, those ones that nobody has ever heard of.
We fly directly from China to LA in about 2 weeks with my son, Zach, who is 15, already a seasoned traveler. Both Zach and I are also Disney Junkies so the trip will pretty much end at Disneyworld Orlando.
Below I would like to list our proposed route, it is in no way set in stone, in fact the reason for this post is to get some feedback or suggestions, the part I am struggling with is Colorado Springs to New Orleans, it seems like a long way, I’m thinking a 3 day venture, but I don’t have a route in mind, only what google maps suggests. Also From New Orleans to New York.
Day 1 LA-San Fran
Day 2 San Fran
Day 3 San Fran
Day 4 San Fran-Yosemite
Day 5 Yosemite
Day 6 Yosemite-Mammoth Lakes
Day 7 Mammoth Lakes-Las Vegas
Day 8 Las Vegas- (Day trip to Valley of Fire)
Day 9 Las Vegas-Zion National Park
Day 10 Zion-Bryce Canyon
Day 11 Bryce Canyon-Arches National Park
Day 12 Arches National Park
Day 13 Arches-Monument Valley
Day 14 Monument Valley-Mesa Verde
Day 15 Mesa Verde-Ouray CO
Day 16 Ouray CO-Silverton
Day 17 Silverton-Pegosa Springs
Day 18 Pegosa Springs-Taos Pueblo
Day 19 Taos Pueblo-Great Sand Dunes National Park
Day 20 Great Sand Dunes-Buena Vista CO
Day 21 Buena Vista CO-Colorado Springs
Day 22,23,24 Colorado Springs (Suggestions or Detours here) New Orleans
Day 25 New Orleans
Day 26,27,28 New Orleans (Suggestions or Detours here) New York
Day 29,30,31,32 New York
Day 33 New York-Washington DC
Day 34 Washington DC-Rocky Mt NC
Day 35 Rocky Mt-Savannah
Day 36 Savannah-Orlando
Day 37,38,39,40,41 Orlando
Day 42 Orlando-Atlanta (RV Drop off)
Day 43 Fly Atlanta to LA
Day 44,45 LA
Day 46 LA-Australia
I have about 3 days up my sleeve at the moment to play with as we are actually away 49 days.