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  1. Default road trip from Ky to Yellowstone to New Mexico

    Getting overwhelmed with planning, taking 30 days to do this trip. We want to see alot of places any thoughts on cant miss places to see or stay. Any ideas will be appreciated.

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

    Default Start with the main pointrs of interest.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    We really don't do 'must see' or 'must do' as mine could be another's 'must avoid at all costs'. We can offer some suggestions and answer specific questions when we know more about your plans and interests, but for now you should look to see what else appeals to you and how you can fit them into your trip. You have a great amount of time, but there is so much to see and do and you will always have to pick and choose. We know it's easy to become overwhelmed, so I would recommend you start with the main places that appeal and then start breaking your trip down into smaller sections. Itineraries take on many different changes from the first one, that's a natural process, but once you have an outline you can look to tweak and fine tune it and we can help with that, but for now you have to do the research and share your ideas.

    Enjoy the planning, it's a fun part of the adventure !

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default First Steps

    Dave has laid out many of the first processes in planning a RoadTrip but, especially on one of this magnitude, there is a Step 0 that comes even before picking out the first places you want to see. That is to get a good US Road Atlas. You can review them here and buy one either through us or at your local big box store. Or, if you're the least bit uncomfortable about your vehicle and your ability to handle minor or major breakdowns, you can join AAA and avail yourself of their free maps.

    However you get your maps, start with a small-scale map of the entire US and mark the points of your itinerary that you already know: home, Yellowstone. 'New Mexico' (hopefully you've got a more precise target in mind than that), and back home. Major roads will stand out on most such maps as the heavier (usually red) lines. Look roughly along those routes and see what catches your eye. While you have enough time to wander off those main through routes, there's never enough time to wander willy-nilly and try to include everything. This part of the exercise will be as much about excluding sites (or as I like to think of it, saving them for later trips) as it is about what to include.

    Now, with the big sites that YOU consider 'must sees', mark those on your map(s) and start looking at the more detailed maps to find smaller attractions in between those major sites that are attractive to you and will keep your RoadTrip interesting throughout. I tend to look for two or three smaller stops on a day that I consider basically a driving day and still manage to cover 450 to 500 miles on such a day.

    At a slightly later point in your planning process we can, as Dave pointed out, be of more help to you. But right now -with nothing from you to go on- we'd be designing a RoadTrip for us, not you.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia


    The advice above is about the best you can get to make for an enjoyable and memorable trip.....

    You may find this paragraph helpful, which puts it much more succinctly.....

    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.
    It can't be easier than that!

    Last edited by Lifemagician; 07-07-2016 at 05:51 PM. Reason: grammar

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