My boyfriend and I are planning to do a big cross country trip in a conversion van that will have a bed in the back, a one burner stove, and a solar panel to power whatever small electric things we will need.
We are both in our mid twenties with a small dog and will be driving a 98 Chevy Express 1500
We are planning on being in NYC for some business the weekend of May 15th and we have a rough idea of where we want to go, but no timeline (okay, a vague timeline - we have to be back by mid August!)
Planning on going down the Atlantic Coast down to Orlando, FL and then across to NOLA, Austin TX, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon, then to San Diego and up California coast (do we take Pacific Coast or 101? Is there a difference??) to Portland, OR (which is the further north that we think we will go)
On our route home, we want to go to Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore, the Twim Cities (MN), Chicago, Grand Rapids MI and up to Canada - Toronto and Montreal, before heading down through Burlington VT on our way back to New Hampshire.
Of course, I didn't list all of the cities we plan on visiting (that would make a huuuuuuuge list), but instead I just put the rough outline of our travel path.
We plan on sleeping in the van / campsites / truck plazas mostly, but are definitely interested in staying a few nights at historic or interesting locations (like the Wigwam Motels). We want to generally stay off of huge highways so we can see more of the land.
So all of that being said, are there any spectacular places that we could go to that are not otherwise very well known?? Like what I mean is: when we go to SF we are definitely going to see the Golden Gate Bridge, but is there something not as well known that we should be seeing also??
We love food and most things art / design / traditional crafts related...
I would love to hear any of your suggestions!
If you are interested, we have a blog at vanpireweekend.blogspot.com
My boyfriend is in the middle of customizing the van - he ripped out all of the interior and rebuilt from scratch! (I know, we are pushing our deadline a little bit...)
Thanks so much in advance!