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  1. Default Need advice for a trip from Texas to see the redwoods in Eureka

    Traveling from central Texas to see the redwoods possibly in Eureka, we are 12 in our group, we have ages ranging from 2 to 65. We have considered a 15 passenger van, multiple cars, we have 12 days available, need suggestions on how to save on lodging and great locations to see along the way. We are going in June.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default The planning.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    Your best start is a visit to your local AAA office, and get hold of good detailed maps (free to members) of the States through which you plan to drive. Then you might like to follow the advice in this paragraph.

    Quote 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.
    Of course you may be more comfortable with a road atlas such as Rand McNally the maps in which are just as detailed, and show most, if not all, the attractions along any route you choose to travel.

    Detailed maps are invaluable when planning a trip, and essential when on the road. Don't be tempted to rely solely on electronics.

    There are pros and cons for both a 15 seat van or several vehicles. On the one hand, with a van you will have all together and no time waiting for the others to catch up, etc. Many use two way radios for this. On the other hand, with several vehicles there is a chance to get away from one another, and travel with different company each leg. That is something only you can decide, together with the other 11.

    Twelve days should give you a nice amount of time. Check out the Humboldt Redwoods State Park with the Avenue of Giants and the Drive through tree. A spectacular place for all ages. You will not be far from Cape Mendocino - the most westerly point of the 48 States, with its historic off shore lighthouse and black rocks and sand on the beach. The drive from Avenue of Giants to the Cape affords some magnificent views over the Pacific.

    As you go about your research, be sure to allow any school age children to have their input. It will make the trip so much more meaningful for them.

    One thing I would caution you to, is to limit your miles per day, - 400 - 450 will probably see everyone ready to retire. The larger the group the slower the going is, even in a van. Every stop takes just that bit longer than if there were only three or four of you. This applies all the more since your group ranges from a toddler to senior citizens.


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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.


    With 12 people and all their luggage in one vehicle it's going to be a squeeze and not much fun on long haul days. I would think two vehicles could work well, especially with young children and seniors in the group who might want a little 'quiet time'. Whether that be two people carriers [Dodge Grand caravan for example] or the 15 seater you mention plus a mid-size sedan for example.

    Places to see are many but you won't have a lot of time other than at the places you stop for the night. At somewhere around 2000 miles each way you will really need 9 days just for the travelling at a reasonably relaxed pace for such a large group. Taking a different route each way will let you see more of the country, maybe I40 to the Grand canyon one way and then head back via 180 and through parts of Utah and Colorado.

    There are places that do cabin rentals in the area so it could be an option worth checking out for lodging.

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    Thank you for all the great advice, we are looking into it now

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