Where to go to camp, learn, eat, and have fun between NYC and Colorado.
October 3, 2012 11:14 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend and I will be driving from New York City to the Colorado Rockies via Appalachia, MO, and KS, and would like specific suggestions of things to do and places to eat along the way, camping style!
posted by Emms to travel & transportation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've looked through some other "we're driving cross country!" questions, but none of them seem to provide the specific information we're looking for. Sometime in early-mid November, my boyfriend and I will be driving cross country to take our jobs at a ski resort in the Colorado Rockies. (Yay! Adventure!) We like the idea of driving through Appalachia, so our general route will be NYC-Pennsylvania-Maryland?-West Virginia-Kentucky-Missouri-Kansas-Colorado.
So far the only places we will definitely be going will be to stay with a mutual friend in rural Pennsylvania, and my cousins in Kansas City. (With a possible detour to visit a close friend of mine in Baltimore.) Most if not all of the rest of the time we'll be camping, so suggestions of good places to camp along the way would be super super helpful. Neither of us (besides my own brief forays to Pennsylvania and Maryland) have ever been to this part of the country at all, so we basically have no idea.
We want to make the most of this drive, so we would like suggestions of cool things to do along the way. Money will be tight, so the cheaper the better. We're willing to drive off of our route a bit to do or see something awesome.
Things we enjoy: good cheap food, especially of the ethnic or regional variety, music (especially folk/bluegrass-inspired, another reason we chose this route), hiking/outdoorsy stuff, scenic drives, bookstores, bars, beautiful places, art, theater, mountains...I'm a history geek and am really excited to go through Appalachia (Hatfield/McCoy country! whee!) so any interesting historical spots along the way are awesome too. Weird/strange stuff is welcome.
As for cities along the way, it looks like we'll be passing by Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, and St. Louis, MO (meet me at the fair...), and the aforementioned Kansas City. Are any of those other ones worth spending a day at?
We're thinking we'll leave a week or so for the trip, but any advice on that would be helpful too. Like I said, this is the first time either of us have ever done anything like this! Thanks a bunch!