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  1. Default Cross County Loop - Where to Start


    I'm hoping some of you veterans can help me figure how to start the awesome task of planning a cross country loop. Books, web sites that you recommend? Tips and insight from your road trips? Places to go?

    Here are some notes

    :: Trip will be me (40 year old mom/yoga instructor), and two boys age 16 and 12.

    :: We will depart fort myers florida june 1. We need to be back in fort myers florida by august 1.

    :: We want to be frugal - bring our own food and stuff like that.

    :: Trip will be a combo of camping, hotels and staying at family.

    :: We definitely want to stop to see family in San Diego CA for a few days, Portland OR for a week or more and Boise ID for a couple days. however in addition to visiting family we want to do 'cool outdoorsy stuff' while in the general vicinity. We will visit the Sand Dunes in Southern Oregon, as well as the wild life refuge down there.

    :: I don't mind long days of driving (14 hours or less) in between destinations.

    :: We have access to free places to stay (family and/or hotel for free) in the San Jose Ca, Fresno CA, and just about any major city you can think of.

    :: While on the west coast we will want to stop at our family cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains for a week.

    :: We would like to stop in Washington DC for a couple days, update NY to visit our old college town, grand canyon for hiking and/or camping, and maybe niagra falls.

    I would like to take the kids on an inexpensive rafting trip, a mountain biking trip, a cool cave adventure, and do some camping.

    I prefer nature and low key stuff much more than over-hyped tourist stuff. So suggestions on quieter locales would be much appreciated. In a perfect world we would only do super remote stuff in the wilderness, but I get scared of the whole deliverance thing, so I want to be safe too.

    Any ideas on how to tackle the planning - campsites, outdoor adventures, route?

  2. Default forgot to mention

    i forgot to mention that i would like to balance our outdoor activities with other activities.

    so, for example, the theatre, and other attractions are of interest. I despise amusement parks, so that is definitely not in the mix.

    We are also thinking about going to a 10 yoga retreat the last half of june - in new mexico.

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default adding it up

    Welcome to the RTA forum!

    Two months is a great amount of time to really get out and enjoy the road, but the time will also fly by faster than you think. I noticed several things where you indicated you want to spend several days to a week or more. That's not a bad thing by any means, but you'll want to at least sketch a rough itinerary out so you don't end up putting 4 months of stuff into your 2 month trip.

    Otherwise, I think your best bet would be to simply look around this sight some more. There is loads of information on this forum, and there are dozens of helpful articles and book reviews in the planning section.

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