I was thinking of putting this thread in General Travel.. (if anyone feels its better suited there, feel free to move it! )
What are means by which you can travel differently. Differently as in not-the-usual way of travelling.. or seeing places. I know some, have done some but would love know more if you have experimented..
- long road trips - some ideas could be - route 101, route 1, new england in fall, route 66, louisiana swamp roads
- corss country train trips - There are atleast 3 routes. I've done one.
- biking (motor bike or bicycle) - for the tough ones, I'd say atleast long distances. I'm sure it'd be fun but never did it.
- freight train hopping - am still excited about it but seems the risk outweigh fun.
- hitchhiking - again the same.
I think back packing as in carry your tent and hike,like hiking the appliacian trail is an interesting way to see the east coast.
You are right V! This would be a good thread for General Talk. But, since you are commenting specifically in this post about travel routes within the US (Hwy 1, Route 66, etc.) - I think it should remain here in N. America. (In other words - I won't move it at this time.)
Again, I would think very long and hard about freight jumping or hitchhiking. Though both are cheap/free modes of travel - the down sides outweigh the up sides tremendously. (Yeah, I sound like a mom - hear it all the time here! )
I like long road trips. Though we haven't done the one's you have mentioned - we did drive the majority of the Florida coastline over a 10 day period. It was great fun and saw some great things.
Years ago I drove RT from Chicago to Moscow, Idaho to visit a friend. Made several stops along the way and it's one of my favorite memories. I had never seen large herds of American antelope before, nor large herds of free-range cattle standing in the middle of the highway on the top of a butte in Montana at 3am! (The brakes in my car were never the same again! )
Hot air balloon comes to mind. Get one of these either in Albuquerque, New Mexico or San Diego, California and travel up (no pun intended)to 100-150 miles at a go.
My mom always wanted to do this, so on her 80th birthday, she did!
They have a great Hot Air Ballon season in Tucson Arizona too!
I would love to see the Grand Canyon from there.
I think alternate traveling is the best. i really dont like cars, i think they take alot away from it.. (used to travel with family in car allover) a friend of mine hitchhiked from NJ to south florida, and he said it was the best experience of his life. and i never would have met him if he didnt =) hes been traveling ever since. (we usually do veeery low cost traveling, more like vagrant lifestyles =) and i think you can get more out of it that way. (also take into account i am a nature boy to extreme.) oh yea, and hi everybody!