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  1. #1
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    Default Ontario - California with lots of stops!!

    We are looking to work our way west to see Rushmore, Old Faithful, then to California to see the Red Woods. Down highway 1 to L.A. area and then back east through Death Valley and Grand Canyon.

    We are looking for great beach campgrounds in California and some neat stuff along the way.

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    Default Thousands (Literally)

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There is certainly no shortage of "neat stuff along the way" between Ontario and California, and therein lies the rub. Without knowing what you and yours define as "neat", and having a better idea of your routing, and a clue as to how much time you have or how far afield you're willing to go, there's simply no way anyone can give you a meaningful selection from the thousands of opportunities available.

    AZBuck

  3. #3
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    Well, we have around 50 days, and our route so far would have us go west to Rushmore then Yellowstone to see Faithful, then to Redwood (not sure if we will stop by Zion on the way), down Highway 1 to LA-ish, then start working our way east maybe to Sequoia but for sure through Death Valley then to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Graceland (wife's request), Georgia Aquarium, St. Louis then home.

    We will be in a C class with 2 boys (5&7) I guess we are more looking for the stops along the way and good parks to stay at. Not looking to drive more than 7 or 8 hours a day.

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    Default Lot's of time.

    With 50 day's at your disposal you really do have a lot of options to choose from and I would do a little more research to find "neat" places around your route. You will find lots of info throughout the RTA site by using the search function and having a good map to hand and being able to check out the National park locations might help with your planning.

    From Yellowstone to Redwoods puts Zion further South but I would consider exploring some of the great scenery in Southern Utah and Colorado between Grand canyon and Memphis/St Louis part of your trip.
    Some of the popular parks along the way would be Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Rocky mountain NP to name a few plus fantastic scenery all the way plus great roads such as "Utah scenic 12" and Colorado's "Million dollar highway". [use the search button at the top right of page to find out more !]

    The Skywalk at the West rim still has some unpaved road to travel on that might be tough going in an RV but I understand you can get a bus there, although personally speaking I would head for the National park for those famous views.

    In Cali I would certainly include Yosemite in your itinerary, it is a wonderful place and highly recommended. Depending on when in Spring you are travelling some of the parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and RMNP might still have limited access and wintry conditions so keep an eye on that.

    I would buy the annual pass for the parks if you are to visit 4 or more as the $80 fee will work out about the same as 4 individual visits, the rest are then free !

    At a rough "Guestimate" I would think you have about a 7500 mile journey and should take about 21 days of steady driving for 7 to 8 hours a day in an RV so you have plenty of time to spend some downtime in the places you visit.

    Take a look at your options and when you have a few more dots on the map and have new questions just ask.
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 03-20-2010 at 05:14 PM. Reason: Added info.

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    Default A Few of the Many

    In that case then, depending on how far northeast in Ontario you're starting from, you may want to look at crossing into the United States at Sault Ste Marie rather than Sarnia/Detroit. It would make for a more scenic and relaxing start to your drive, avoiding Detroit, Lansing, Gary, Chicago and Madison while giving you the opportunity to show the boys Historic Michilimackinac at the northern tip of the Michigan 'mitten' before heading using US-41/WI-21 to join I-90 near Tomah. A short detour south at this point would let you take the boys to the Circus Museum in Baraboo and the many water parks of Wisconsin Dells.

    Besides Mount Rushmore, other attractions in that area include Wall Drug, the Badlands, Wind and Jewel Caves, and Devils Tower. And as you make the drive to Yellowstone from there, be aware that a route up US-90 into Montana and then US-212 into Yellowstone would take you by the Little Bighorn Battlefield and up the Beartooth Highway.

    Rather than head to Zion at this point, you'd probably do better to continue westward to Idaho Falls, down the Snake River and across southern Oregon and Crater Lake to the Redwoods and then follow the coast through San Francisco Big Sur and Los Angeles. Then from a base in southern Nevada, you can visit Death Valley, Lake Mead, and Zion. Just so that you're aware, the Skywalk is not in Grand Canyon National Park. It is a private, commercial enterprise of the Hualapai Indian Reservation and involves a long bus ride (You aren't allowed to drive to it.) and will cost around $300 for your crew of 4. While you're in northern Arizona, also check out Walnut Canyon, Meteor Crater, and Petrified Forest.

    If you're going to Graceland and continuing to Georgia, then you probably plan on taking U-78 from Memphis to Birmingham. If so, plan on stopping in Tupelo, MS to visit Elvis' birthplace. As your plans firm up, we might be able to help you with a few more specifics, but those should help get you started.

    AZBuck

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    Just so that you're aware, the Skywalk is not in Grand Canyon National Park. It is a private, commercial enterprise of the Hualapai Indian Reservation and involves a long bus ride (You aren't allowed to drive to it.) and will cost around $300 for your crew of 4.
    You can drive to it, but it involves 14 miles of a rough, unpaved road. Driving it in a rental car is not allowed by the terms of the rental agreement, but you are welcome to try it in your own vehicle. It's called Diamond Bar Road if you want to look it up.

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