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    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Bonny Hills , Australia

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    The Trip

    We had the time of our lives and met the most wonderful and friendly people and visited the most beautiful places.
    13946 Miles and 31 States in eight weeks in a Campervan and would not have wanted to do it any other way.
    We put in some long days but not hard days and never had to rush to get anywhere.

    Just an idea of some of what we covered on the trip.

    Route 66 – Los Angeles – Albuquerque. – Chicago – Albuquerque
    Wedding Anniversary and Mothers Day in Las Vegas.
    Meteor Crater - Flagstaff
    Standin on the Corner Winslow Arizona
    White Sands National Monument - El Paso
    The Alamo – San Antonio
    Nasa Space Training Centre – Houston
    Oak Alley Plantation - Louisiana
    New Orleans
    Swamp Bayou Tour
    Natchez Paddle Steamer Cruise- Wifes Birthday. New Orleans
    Natchez Trace Parkway – Natchez – Tupelo
    Memphis – Graceland
    Chattanooga – Aquarium
    Jack Daniels Distillery
    Nashville – Grand Old Opry – Country Music Hall of Fame
    Corvette Museum - Bowling Green Kentucky
    Wild Turkey Distillery – Kentucky
    Daniel Boon State Forest
    Cumberland Falls
    Great Smoky Mountain NP
    Cherokee, NC
    Blue Ridge Parkway – Cherokee to Front Royal (full length).
    Shenandoah National Park – Skyline Drive
    Washington DC
    Arlington War Cemetery.
    Gettysburg Museum
    Lancaster Pennsylvania – Amish Communities.
    Niagara Falls.
    Gateway Arch St Louis
    Route 66 – Chicago – Albuquerque
    Rocky Mountains
    Million Dollar Highway- Durango - Ouray
    Mammoth Museum
    Mount Rushmore
    Crazy Horse
    Bad Lands National Park
    Beartooth Highway – Red Lodge
    Glacier National Park – Montana
    Going to the Sun Road – Glacier NP – St Mary
    A day in Canada- Flooded out.
    Olympic National Park
    Columbia River Gorge
    Crater Lake NP
    Avenue of the Giants
    San Francisco
    Yosemite National Park

    Average Miles per day – 255 miles

    Well that’s a rough idea of the trip.

    The costing

    The motels we stayed in ranged from $50 p/n to $300 for a night in the Bellagio in Las Vegas, New Orleans and San Francisco was having a big rainbow weekend so it was expensive.

    Motels- 18 nights - $1752
    RV Parks 6 nights - $195
    Campgrounds – 13 nights - $244
    Free nights 18
    Total $2191

    Average cost per night over 55 nights = $39.84 per night

    Campervan Hire – All up cost for hire $ 4700 (Insurances + Unlimited Miles)
    Fuel cost for trip $ 2100
    Total $ 6800

    Going by these figures it cost $8991 for Van hire, fuel and accommodation for the trip.

    An average of $163 per day Van, fuel and accommodation.

    Then add meals and sight seeing and park entrance fees it all adds up.
    Air fares and insurance plus additional camera gear and souvenirs we got while on the trip all add up. Starting to get scary so won’t add up anymore.

    I’m sure it could have been done a lot cheaper in a car and staying at motels, but I never done the research as we love the outdoors and camping and it’s the way we wanted to do it.

    Maybe someone else might have an idea on what it would cost to car and motel for the same time and distance would be.

    Would we do another trip the same?

    On a smaller scale with more time yes. We want to go to Alaska and Canada but maybe take friends with us and get a bit bigger RV. At 56 my body takes a bit longer to recover from long days and hard beds.

    Next Trip. Thinking of the East Coast. Car and Motel
    We passed through some beautiful places and left some out as they deserve more time.
    Probably around Late October. Start maybe from New York City and do a loop. Washington, Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York State and whatever we can fit in. This is only an idea at the moment so not planning anything yet.

    Positives – Everything
    Negatives – None

    Cost – The overall cost was well within our budget and had some left over on out travel card and should be enough for car hire next time.
    If you were to go to a travel agent and give them this list of places and ask them to plan it Im sure they would think you were crazy.
    Our Rating 10/10

    John & Sandy Waters

    [complete trip report here]
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 11-13-2013 at 09:44 AM.

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