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11. Posted by Peter (Admin 5932 posts) 11y

Quoting ngungo

BTW, is there edit function in this forum?

Not at the moment. There will be sometime sooner or later though.

Hey, a site I like that might be of interest to you in planning such a road trip is Roadside America - "Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions". It really does have some crazy stuff in there.

Otherwise, I would agree that a AAA membership would be a very good idea for such a trip. We spent a week last year driving from Arizona to California and were lucky enough to meet an AAA member before starting. He got us some maps, a planned route with directions (can be done on their computers I think) and accommodation guides. Actually, I think he bought those accommodation guides - he was very kind to us. But my point is that after using that stuff for a week, I could very easily see how usefull AAA membership would be for two years!! And there's also special discounts for AAA members I believe.

12. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Hey, a site I like that might be of interest to you in planning such a road trip is Roadside America - "Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions". It really does have some crazy stuff in there.

Hey Peter, that's a GREAT site. I'd never heard of it before. Been looking at it and now got it bookmarked.

13. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I've been a AAA members for years. You're right at lots of hotel, attractions, etc. you can get discounts.

AAA will give you all the maps you want and all those accomidation/attraction guides are totally free to memebers. I went a few weeks ago and got like 6 of them, for Western Canada, Eastern Canada, and about 3-4 spereate ones for the northern and northwestern USA.

I always plan my own routes, but they will actually give you a detailed route plan, draw it out on the map for you, etc..

We do have to pay for foriegn maps (like Europe, South America $3.00/each).

14. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

2 Year Trip - The Strategy

Since our goal is travelling as much and as cheap as possible here I propose the overall strategy: We will move to a new travel center every month or two (or even longer), then from this travel center we will make day trips to its vicinities. A travel center is an inexpensive (down to the basics < $500 a month rent) apartment, kitchenette or studio where we can plan our day trips, recuperate, get some part time temp job, write blog, talk to you guys, take care bills, make some tradings, resupply and arrange for the next travel center, etc... A day trip can be a day or two (or more) days with scenic routes, places to visit etc...

The key words here are travel center and day trip. If you guys agree with me on this, you will advise me on the details:
. Where the travel centers at what time of the year?
. How long should we stay at each travel center?


15. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Last night we sat down and stared at the North America Map picking out travel centers. It seemed there were more than we can affort. We'll do again tonight.


BTW. Is there way to post a picture into this thread. I would like to post the map here. It's no big deal, I can always post a list of travel centers here though.

16. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

You can't post the picture here IN the forum. But you can post it in your travel gallery. Then you can post a link to your profile page and ask people to take a look at the map.

17. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 11y

My suggestions for travel centers in the Western/Southwestern region (and the sites to see from each one) are:
(I'm taking cost into consideration--so some of these are outside of major metropolitan areas that would be too costly)

Moab, Utah (Arches National Park, Lake Powell, Mesa Verde National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point)

Flagstaff, Arizona (Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona, Painted Desert, Scottsdale, Old Tucson, Navaho Reservation)

Las Vegas, Nevada (Las Vegas, Redrock Canyon, Death Valley National Park, Zion National Park)

Lake Tahoe--on the California/Nevada state line (Lake Tahoe, Virgina City, Mammoth Mountain, Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake National Park)

Santa Ana, California (Disneyland, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Hollywood, San Diego Zoo, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Joshua Tree National Monument, Catalina Island, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Pier, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Sequoia National Park)

Gilroy, California (Monterey, Cannery Row, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Hearst Castle, Big Basin Redwood State Park, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Winchester Mystery House, wineries in Carmel Valley or Santa Cruz mountains or Paso Robles area, Roaring Camp Railroads, Winchester Mystery House, San Francisco and the SF Bay, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Exploratorium, Fine Arts Center, Napa Valley)

Everett, Washington (San Juan Islands, Space Needle, Snoqualmie Falls, Experience Music Project, Olympic National Park, Vancouver--in Canada, Columbia River Gorge)

West Yellowstone, Montana (Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Jackson Hole, Fort Bridger, Sun Valley, Grand Tetons National Park, Custer's Last Stand location)

Other place to see while passing from one travel center to the other are: Santa Barbara(California), Trees of Mystery (northern California), Oregon coastline, Ferry from Seattle to Victoria, Canada, Butchart Gardens (on Victoria Island in Canada), Salt Lake City, Utah, Promontory Point, Utah, Lava Hot Springs (Idaho)


18. Posted by montyjim (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Hey ngungo!

Your trip sounds really cool take oon board all the advice you get on this website, I've found it really helpful for my next trip.

I loved travelling N America, I can't think of one bad word to say. My girlfiend and I drove coast to coast over 6 months, and the people , the sights, everything was just amazing.

We didn;t plan anyhting ahead jsut ended up in a campsite, RV Park (not that bad actually) or a Motel 6 - everywhree we stayed felt safe and clean too.

A lot of my friends back here in England only think of Disney and Baywatch when they think of America, but when you've been to places like Yosemite, Zion, Big Sur (...I think I could go on for pages here!!) it makes you realise America has some of the best scenery in the world!!

Enjoy your trip, and make sure to enjoy the planning bit as that is all part of the fun and adds to the excitement!!!

19. Posted by ngungo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y


Thanks to all. hihi... I will organize those sugestion sites into the plan. Keep talking. Thanks, ngungo

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