Off the beaten track.........

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1. Posted by kathbotha (Budding Member 22 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hey there.....
i am planning a trip to the states in august - am hoping to travel around (backpack) but would like to steer clear of the usual tourist trap towns.... i'd like to spend some time in towns/villages that are way off the beaten track - towns where time almost stood still if you get what i mean! if anyone has any suggestions or has been anywhere like this PLEASE let me know - i'd be eternally grateful :-)

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Pick up Martin Fletcher's Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America. It's an excellent (and funny!) book about his travels through odd little places across the US. You can also take a look at Bill Bryson's I'm a Stranger Here Myself - very funny, too, and he visits the strangest, most intersting places.

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Where exactly are you thinking of going while here? If I know what states you are planning on seeing I may be able to give you some information about where to go and what to do. Brent

4. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Try my town of West, Texas, yes, the name of the town IS West. No body ever knows where it is and time definitly stands very still there.

5. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Travel the US by bus - and see how the homeless live here. You will go thru every crap town in this country. You'll get to stay in tiny motels for about $20US a night. See lots of corn fields and cows and sit in the town square to chew the fat with the locals after you get past the raised eyebrows of WHY you are there.

Really though, it can be quaint to travel the two lane roads - and when you get bored they usually lead to a big city. The midwest has plenty of standing still towns. But the western US has the most dramatic scenery - and lots of small towns.

This is a huge country so you should select a region and concentrate on it. For example the Northeast, or Northwest or Southwest... I'm steering clear of the South, not that there is anything wrong (except their politics), but you will die from the heat and humidity in August.

If you could give me an idea of what kinds of things you like to do, or sports you enjoy, or entertainment or art? Then maybe it could be narrowed down for you.


6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3582 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Most states have areas that are rural or less travelled. New York City is known around the world, but upstate New York can be quite rural and has many backroads and villages. Most of Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine are mostly rural and off the beaten track. The same is true of the West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North & South Carolina area. Plenty of backroads and small towns in this part of the US.

You do need to narrow down to what part you of the US you want to explore. That way those members that live in that part of America can offer their advice.

7. Posted by kathbotha (Budding Member 22 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

thanks guys :-)
i'll sit down today and narrow my list of states down. i'm planning on touring for 2 months so i think i should get quite a bit in.
will be in touch

8. Posted by kathbotha (Budding Member 22 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

ok, im definitely wanting to see at least a bit of the following states:

upstate new york
new hampshire
across to minnosota
washington state
then into canada

what are the dakota's, wyoming and idaho and oregan like? im sure a lot of the state is 'off the beaten track'?


9. Posted by nikio (Full Member 11 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hey there, well I'm kinda in the same boat as you, except I am planning on doing this for around 3 months from June onwards. I too want to see smaller, back of the woods kind of towns, but some of the bigger stuff to. I'm planning on driving on mostly secondary roads to get a more laid back, easy going, scenic route. I'm also hoping to to really get to know the locals. Heres my roughish guide of the places I want to check out, included are some random towns where friends live, so ignore those. But basically its a giant loop of the states, going through nearly 30 of them, and missing out some in the middle.

I'm sorry I haven't included the state name, of each town or place (I just cut and paste this from a word doc.), as I know where they are already so this may help, it may not.

Los Angeles
Death Valley
Yosemite Nt. Park
San Francisco
Napa Valley
Pacific Coast Highway
Mt. St. Helens
Port Angeles
Yellowstone Park
Old Faithful
Mt. Rushmore
Niagara Falls
New York
Amish Dutch Country, Pennsylvania
Washington, D.C
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Everglades Nt. Park
New Orleans
Baton Rouge
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Hoover Dam
Las Vegas
Back to Los Angeles