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  1. Default 40 days, NY to LA

    Hi all,
    My wife and I, along with our baby son, have 40 day from April 1 to May 10 in which we would like to rent an RV and have an unforgettable experience cruising thru the US.
    I have created the following route, generally:
    1. NY
    2. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
    3. Rocky Mountain National Park
    4. Devils Tower National Monument
    5. Grand Teton National Park
    6. Yellow Stone National Park
    7. Mount Rainier National Park
    8. Portland, Oregon
    9. Yosemite National Park
    10. LA

    I would be delighted to hear any useful tips or suggestions, including opinions with respect of the whether during this season in the locations which we would like to visit.
    We are in our early 30's, and our son will be 6 months old during the trip.

    Thank you :-)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default A lot to think about.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    The best tip I can give you right now, as you start to plan this trip, is to get hold of some good maps of the US. It is useful to have a wall map of a good size. My preference is for the National Geographic map, for all the information it has. Then you can pinpoint all the places you wish to visit, and see a route appearing. The other highly recommended maps to have are maps of the States through which you will be travelling.

    If these are not available locally - you do not say from where it is that you will be flying to the US - you can purchase a Rand McNally road atlas from the RTA store (on the blue bar at the bottom of this page). Regardless where you live, if you order it now, you will have it in a couple of weeks. These maps have a wealth of information, including your full choice of roads/routes, from high speed interstates to local roads and scenic routes. As well it as all the cities and towns you could be passing through both large and small. Furthermore, most of the attractions are marked on the maps as well - natural, historical, touristy, etc.

    When you have the maps, you could start by following the advice in this paragraph:

    Originally Posted by AZBuck
    Start with maps. Not GPS, not software, not Google, but real honest-to-god paper maps that show you your entire route, that you can mark up (and erase), that you can stick pins in, and that show something about the land you'll be driving through. Those are your essential tool in any RoadTrip planning process. Start by marking all the places you know you want to visit. Then connect the dots. Then look for more places of interest and scenic routes along the lines connecting the dots. Repeat until you've got as many sites and roads as you think you want.
    Note that an RV trip is considerably more expensive than a car and hotel trip. It could also be a little early in the season and be quite cold in an RV, especially if there is a severe winter. RV travel is more a Lifestyle way to travel, and not really a budget option, by the time you include everything, including low daily mileage allowance and high fuel consumption on top of campground fees every night - which could be as much as a budget motel. Furthermore, taking an RV from the east coast and dropping it off on the west coast could set you up for a hefty one way drop fee, which could be four figures or more.

    The other thing to consider is that travelling as early as you plan to, some of the high altitude national parks in the west could still be in winter mode, with only parts of them accessible by motor vehicle.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Lifey is correct on her comments about "high altitude national parks in the west could still be in winter mode, with only parts of them accessible by motor vehicle." Yellowstone doesn't really open most of the way until mid-May. Rocky Mountain's Trail Ridge Road may or may not be open, either, because of the high elevations.

    You may want to do yourself a favor and start comparing the costs of renting an RV with renting a car. Be sure to include the bottom line price of renting the RV, which would include the linen package, kitchen package, outdoor package, and MILEAGE, in your comparison. Gasoline will also be a major factor, as the RV's can get 5-10 mpg, but cars will get around 22-25. Overnights will be $25-50 in the motorhome, but $40-75 with a motel unless you choose the luxury hotels. The biggest savings might be in food costs, but the rental price of the RV usually makes up for it.


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