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  1. Default Arizona to South Dakota to Idaho and back to Arizona best options and ideas?

    Thank you for sharing your "best of," lodging, routes, and must ideas!

    We appreciate your help!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Your input is needed.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    We really can't give any meaningful advice with so little input from yourself. There are no single 'best of' as that would depend on your interests, how much time you have, budget and where exactly you are starting out from and heading to. You really need to take the first steps by doing some research and studying the maps and at least get a few ideas noted and then share as much info as you can. You can't even consider lodgings until you know where you might be staying. So it's over to you to get started but if you have specific questions about specific places or the planning process in the meantime, just ask. If you just want to be told where to go then a tour company/travel agent is the place to go but I wouldn't advise that. Make the trip your own and take the planning as part of the fun.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA!

    To add to what SWDave has suggested, I would add -- get yourselves some good maps, or an atlas, and start looking at them. Maps will tell you a lot, if you give them a chance -- scenic routes (marked with dots or dashes on most maps), backroads vs interstates, where the national forests/parks and state forests/parks are located, and major points of interest.

    We can't really give you any others until we have some basic information, mostly how long you plan to be gone and what types of things interest you.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Planning a road trip.

    To reinforce the above advice, you may like to follow the advice in a paragraph written by an experienced roadtripper and one of the senior members of this forum.

    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.
    Since you are going to need good maps to navigate on the road, you may as well get them to help with the planning. The information on them is invaluable and far surpasses anything you may be able to see on a small, or not so small screen.


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