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Old 04-22-2012, 07:55 AM
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Default Cross Country road trip.....

Still trying to figure out what to do this summer with the kids......

Thinking Miami to San Francisco - Ship the truck home or rent a mini van one way.....

Anyone ever road trip across country before ?

Am I nutz
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Ever cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska?

Great trip.
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
Ever cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska?

Great trip.
Just did a cruise with them over Xmas.... I nearly threw myself over .... Hated it...

But the Inside Passage would be one I would try......

I kinda want to bond with them a bit - and stuck in a car with me for 2 weeks would certainly force us to be together ...
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We did one from Atlanta to Colorado and to many of the Colorado State & National Parks. They all had unique scenery but some stood out like Mesa Verde cliff dwellings were over the top to see and the Buffalo & Elk at Rocky Mt. Everytime you'd see something that you thought was most beuatiful you'd turn around another mt./hill or bend and there would be another. We went from the bottom to the top and back home up through other areas.
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Maybe rent an RV?

One of my favorite areas is the California coast from Carmel on north. All the way into Washington state.

I did that in 1975.

Course I was hitch-hiking with a backpack.

Took the Trans-Canadian railroad home to Michigan.
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Took a Ford van from Titusville to San Francisco in 1971. Were headed for Alaska, but got to Denver after a week, realized we weren't even 1/3 of the way. Ended up going to San Francisco, then Ensenada, then home.

We didn't have kids..just 2 guys out of college with tons of energy. Sure, times have changed, but if you wanna see/do anything, you still take the back roads.

It's a big dam country. I've driven from the English channel to the mediterranean to the Alps, and it isn't as far as driving across our country.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post

It's a big dam country. I've driven from the English channel to the mediterranean to the Alps, and it isn't as far as driving across our country.
You got that right ....

I just booked flights to Munich - Doing Oktoberfest then driving across the Alps thru Tuscany then flying home from Rome.....

Cant wait to blast over the Pass in a little sports car
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
Maybe rent an RV?

One of my favorite areas is the California coast from Carmel on north. All the way into Washington state.

I did that in 1975.

Course I was hitch-hiking with a backpack.

Took the Trans-Canadian railroad home to Michigan.
I made a 10,000 mile, 6 week trip about the same time (early 70's) that started in CT, down to VA, out to CO, up through Yellowstone to OR and down the Pacific Coast Hwy. Lots of stops and many stories. I had a VW Fastback (same engine as a Porsche 914) with tuned exhaust. I got almost 40 mpg (I guess we haven't come very far in 40 years). The car was loaded with camping gear for the two of us and still comfortable. Comfort may have been in part due to the state of mind brought on by "inhalants".

As far as a long trip with children is concerned, thats tricky. You really need to figure out how to keep them occupied. I would look into renting a RV conversion, maybe a Sprinter. Some of the larger RV rental companies do 1 way rentals.
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Did Richmond to Jackson, WY in 33 hrs last summer. Only stopped for gas. Left Richmond on Friday early afternoon and got to Jackson Saturday night. You really don't realize how little there is out west until you drive through it.
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post

As far as a long trip with children is concerned, thats tricky. You really need to figure out how to keep them occupied. I would look into renting a RV conversion, maybe a Sprinter. Some of the larger RV rental companies do 1 way rentals.
We have a Land Cruiser,,, 3 rows of seat to keep em separated,,, kids have iphones, ipads and lap tops .... I just map-quested it ... +/- 4500 miles .... May be a bit too long for them ....

The problem is between Miami and say New Mexico - I really dont care to see anything with the exception of say Austin or San Antonio....

Maybe smarter to fly to Houston and drive the rest of the way ;?
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back in '63, Dad took a month of work and hitched up a pop up camper to the station wagon and crammed mom and 5 of us kids inside and took off. Went south from Ohio to Alabama then across lower half of US to Los Angeles then up the coast to Oregon and back across the top part of the country. Dunno how my poor Mom ever survived it, LOL My face was glued to the window and I took everything in.

Whenever I used to take my own kids on a trip, they were engulfed in a gameboy or some other thingamabob. I'd try and point stuff out, they'd lookup for a second then go back to their electronics

I guess what I'm saying is,,,,have you discussed this with them? They may be excited about some final destination but otherwise , they too will be immersed in their electronics.
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You could always explore western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge is a sight to see.

(North Georgia is nice too.)

There was a member here who had real nice cabins for rent. I think he was near the New River.

Nice Folk Art Museum on the Parkway.
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I've been thinking of an Amtrak vaction and renting a family sleeper cabin. You can go from Florida to California then up the West Coast then fly back.
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
You could always explore western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge is a sight to see.

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Thats a great area... I ride my motorcycle up every summer....

My daughters went to camp in Asheville for 10 years....Spent many a summer on the Blue Ridge Highway

Wife is pushing hard for Yellowstone and grand Canyon ...
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I've been thinking of an Amtrak vaction and renting a family sleeper cabin. You can go from Florida to California then up the West Coast then fly back.
I hear the train from Chicago across to somewhere out west is amazing.... That could actually be cool...

http://www.vacationsbyrail.com/usa/a...ark/index.html
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
You could always explore western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge is a sight to see.

(North Georgia is nice too.)

There was a member here who had real nice cabins for rent. I think he was near the New River.

Nice Folk Art Museum on the Parkway.
Kind of what I did way back when. Add in Kentucky Bluegrass and Nashville, lots to see. The biggest void was middle America. It seemed to take weeks to get from the Arch in St Louis to the Rockies in Colorado.

BTW, I figured out why they called it Boulder CO. The thin air did something to the coeds at the University of Colorado, if you know what I mean.
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It's an interesting drive, especially the 910 miles between Beaumont and El Paso.
I used to load up the windsurfers and go annually, but that was twenty years ago.
Now that we're half retired we're thinking of doing it again.

How much time do you have for your trip?
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Originally Posted by gingersnap View Post

How much time do you have for your trip?
Say 2 weeks .....

Miami - New Orleans,,, Austin,,,, Carlsbad, Albuquerque, Telluride, Yellowstone, Park City, Lake Tahoe, PCH to San Diego,,,, maybe ship car and fly home from Vegas ??? Let kids see Vegas (weekday) - and I get to play some craps ...
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Just a thought but you could do the easy coast thingy. Run the back roads instead of I-95 (which sucks all the way from NY to Miami). Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington, Morehead, Beaufort, ferry to Ocracoke, ferry to Hatteras, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Bay Bridge Tunnel to Eastern Shore, Annapolis, DC, New England, etc., and then maybe return via of 81 thru the Shenandoah Valley. Again, just a thought.
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Thanks Shag - We have done the east coast from Miami to Bar Harbor and the Blue Ridge... Its a great trip.... Especially from Boston to Maine ....

Wife is pushing for Grand Canyon and Yellowstone... Maybe we should just fly into Vegas and fly home from Jackson Hole ??

or maybe I should just take the boat to the keys and not come back - they wont even miss me :-)

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