Hi All. Some great information on the site! Thanks in advance for your advice and ideas.
I'm planning a road trip for August 2011, from DC to somewhere out west. I'd like to take an RV west and fly back to DC. Here's the planned route:
DC --> Hickory, NC --> Memphis, TN --> New Orleans, LA --> Hodgen, OK --> Amarillo, TX --> Albuquerque, NM --> ???
Food is a very big part of why I'm taking the trip. I love food and want to make sure I get some of the "eat this before you die" stuff. The southern and south western states I think may have the biggest offerings in this regard. What in your experience have been some of the best food experiences you've had on the road?
Is the weather in the Southwestern states mild enough in August to make touring the state parks, etc enjoyable? We love the outdoors and plan to do some hiking, bike riding, etc.
We plan to see more than just the camp sites and state parks. We would like to drive around in the cities/towns we drive through. Moving an RV around on small and crowded streets doesn't seem like a bright idea. Can you recommend some alternatives? I'm thinking of hauling a motorcycle for getting around, but have heard that RV rental companies will not let you haul another vehicle. Is this your experience as well?
Are there any major food related events in any of the states I mentioned that you can recommend?
Any suggestions for after NM? Would like for it to be state park where we'll spend maybe 2 full days. This would be the last stop on our trip. We'd be looking to drop off the rv and make my way to the airport after that.
Thanks a ton!