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California / Southwest road trip itinerary advice

Boyfriend and I are planning a round trip (by rental car) through California and the Southwest and we'd love some input on the first rough draft of the route. We're going for 23 days in September next year and would like to stay in fairly affordable hotels and motels (no camping). [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Nov 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Roadtrippin' in basically winter. Where to?

Imagine you're leaving New York City in a rental car. You have one week—November 30th through December 7th. You're first spending a few days with your Grandmother near Washington DC. Where would you go after that? [more inside]
posted by ulfberht on Nov 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Weekend Civil War Roadtrip around the SE US?

We'd like to take a three-to-four day road trip originating and terminating in Atlanta, focusing on Civil War history this weekend. Looking for suggestions on sites and itinerary ideas. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Anything worth stopping for on a drive from Brooklyn to Emerald Isle?

Driving from Brooklyn, NY to Emerald Isle, NC — via the NJ Turnpike, Delaware 1 and US-13, and Route 17 past Norfolk VA into NC. Anything truly worth checking out along the way, or taking a reasonable detour for? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Nov 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Sacramento to NYC by way of 40 hours of driving

Driving cross country for the first time from Sacramento to my soon to be new home in NYC with my dog and my brother. Tips, advice, route help are all welcome, please. [more inside]
posted by veronicacorningstone on Sep 22, 2013 - 25 answers

It's off to the mountains we go...towing a trailer!

I'll be towing a UHaul trailer 4500 km across Canada next week with my 2005 manual Toyota Rav4 (4 cylinder), including across 2 mountain ranges. As a relative newbie to towing, how do I not doom my transmission or new shiny vehicle to a early demise? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Sep 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Pleasant stops on a road trip between Philadelphia and Buffalo?

I'm planning a road trip from Philadelphia to Toronto in October. I'm thinking of breaking up the trip by staying a night somewhere in between. Somewhere with a cute hotel, a nice breakfast and somewhere to wander around before taking off the next day. Just by google mapping it, I'm thinking Ithica, but id be welcome to other suggestions. Secondary question: are there any great hidden food spots to catch on the way? Thanks!
posted by cacofonie on Sep 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Archaeological, historical sites worth seeing in Southern California

So my mom (from Ireland) will be spending September with me in California, she's been here many times and we've covered most of the West Coast on numerous road-trips. We will almost certainly do another this time, probably about 10 days travelling down the coast from San Jose to San Diego, then we'll most likely swing east through the deserts and work our way back along the Owens Valley towards Lake Mono before crossing the Sierra back to the Bay Area. Apart from finally stopping at Hearst Castle and visiting The Getty in LA (which has been closed every other time we've been in the area). We're looking for sites of archaeological, historical or geological interest. When my mom asks about archaeological sites she's thinking things like Chaco Canyon in NM. The Google has mostly failed me, so here's hoping Mefi can do better. So I'm looking for places to visit with interesting history that are reasonably accessible, (4WD and dirt roads to get there is OK), she can walk but not hike up a hill. As a bonus question, I'm pretty interested in geology and so I'm going to go find some really old rocks (they're kinda scarce in Nor Cal) and maybe some trilobite fossils. But I'd love to hear other ideas.
posted by Long Way To Go on Aug 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Help us plan our trans-American odyssey!

A friend and I are planning a month-long roadtrip down the West coast of the United States - starting in Oregon, and possibly going so far as to cross Texas and finish up in Louisiana somewhere - to take place sometime in the new year, and we'd appreciate some advice in re: must-sees and logistics. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Aug 12, 2013 - 28 answers

Roadtrip to Niagara: it worth it to take PA-5 and NY-5 along Lake Erie?

We are taking a weekend roadtrip from Chicago to Niagara Falls. We're driving on the USA side on the way there and the Canada side on the way back. All day Friday is dedicated just to getting there. The obvious route is to stick to interstates I-80 and I-90. But it looks like there's a state route that runs right along Lake Erie, and I bet that's a lot prettier. My thought was to take the interstate through Indiana and Ohio but then switch to the state route all the way through PA (right through Erie) and up through NY too. For those around upper PA and western NY, is the state lakefront route worth the (estimated) 2 hours of extra travel time? Or should I stick to the interstate?
posted by AgentRocket on Aug 8, 2013 - 9 answers

We Can and WILL Force the Hand of Amazing (East Coast Road Trip-Filter)

East Coast Road Trip-Filter: a friend is having a very rough year but is finally taking three days (Aug. 24th - 26th) for much-needed road trip. She may not get to take another one for a while, so we want to make the most of it. My question: what can you recommend within a ~400-mile radius of Philadelphia (places, activities, events, gatherings, WHATEVER) that might be mind-blowingly memorable? The kinda stuff that makes you blurt, "Holy CRAP, this is AMAZING!"... the kinda stuff she and I can enthusiastically reminisce about for years to come. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 1, 2013 - 12 answers

National Lampoon's Nebraska Vacation

Some friends are road-tripping from Seattle, WA to visit family for a couple weeks in Lincoln, NE starting next weekend, and trying to save money where possible. I'd like to give them a gift of a meal or something else they can use along the way or during their stay in Nebraska. They are 2 adults, 2 kids around 10 (give or take) and an 18-month-old. I need to be able to buy it in Seattle or buy it online and print it out. Budget $40-50, but that can stretch for the right need. Click here for snowflakiness: [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt on Jul 22, 2013 - 5 answers

What's awesome on I-10?

In two weeks, I'll be driving solo cross-country on I-10. Trying to make the trip fairly quickly, so I won't have much leisure time. BUT - close to the highway - are there any restaurants, spots of immense scenic beauty or other roadside attractions that I shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Jul 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Trip to Nashville/Mammoth Cave on a budget?

I'm looking to do a mini road trip to Nashville from Aug. 2nd-4th and drive through Mammoth Cave on my way home on the 4th. I want to maximize awesomeness while minimizing cost. I'm pretty open in terms of ideas, but I like museums, music, and antiques, and I plan to at least do one of the tours of Mammoth Cave when I get there. I will have camping equipment with me but I'd prefer to have shower facilities while in Nashville. Any suggestions? Things to see? Free attractions? Ways to save money (especially on food)? Favorite Mammoth Cave tour?
posted by quiet coyote on Jul 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Give me just one night...

Where to stay for one night between Providence and NYC? [more inside]
posted by Mender on Jul 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Resources to help locate campgrounds in the PNW

You are driving through the PNW. Suddenly, you become [tired/inspired by the scenery]. You wish to find a place to camp in your vicinity. >OPEN GLOVEBOX >LOOK MAGIC CAMPING MAP [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

How to make the most out of a father-daughter new driver road trip?

My 15 year-old daughter get's her driver's permit on Friday. I'm planning a road trip over the weekend to give her plenty of driving experience. I'm a bit nervous. Not so much that we'll end up in a wreck, but that I'll be spending a lot of alone time with a teenager I'm beginning to realize I don't really know. What advice do you have for driving instruction and/or understanding teenage girls? [more inside]
posted by finnegans on Jun 24, 2013 - 52 answers

What is there fun to do in Denver?

My old college roommate and I are taking a road trip out to Denver next week because he hasn't seen it and he wants to go. I've been to Denver on and off, but I don't know what there really is fun to do in the city and surrounding area, other than what's on wikipedia. Does anyone have any personal experience on cool things to do on a one week trip?
posted by ishrinkmajeans on Jun 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Itch-Free Austin, Itch-Free New Orleans

My best pal and I will be road tripping to Austin and New Orleans this July. We've had a bit of trouble finding budget accommodations that don't have 20+ negative reports on the Bedbug Registry -- especially in NOLA. Any hotel/motel/dorm wizards have suggestions? PLUS where should we go in Austin and NOLA to satisfy our many cultural/gastronomic itches? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Car roof rack uses

I have never owned a car roof rack. I would like to own one to haul extra stuff. What are the best uses for a car roof rack? What configurations and additional roof rack accessories will I need to best utilize it? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on May 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Travel advice for Navajo Country

My girlfriend and I have our great AZ/NM road trip this month, and we'll be looping around and through the Navajo nation on our way to the Chaco Canyon UNESCO site. What should we know, what should we make side-trips for, and where can we get a good bowl of lamb stew? [more inside]
posted by ormondsacker on May 16, 2013 - 23 answers

Advice on a cross-country route from Minneapolis to Richmond

We're driving from Minneapolis to Richmond this weekend, and want to change up our usual route. Will you locals in the major cities along our route provide wisdom/advice on the traffic and construction situation? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Sac-SLC-Denver road trip with a five-year-old

We're road-tripping from Sacramento to Salt Lake City to Denver with our five-year-old, and are looking for tips on routes and places to stop. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Road Trip in a Hurry

My friend and I are planning a one-way road trip from Denver, CO to Rochester, NY this June. The catch? We would like to complete it in around 7 days. I'm looking for your insight on how to make the most of the cities along our route in a limited amount of time (probably about 5 hours of exploring), suggestions for a better route, or general road trip advice. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Apr 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Road trip Chicago to Portland, OR!

Has anyone driven from Chicago to Portland, OR? I need to know the best way. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Apr 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Please help me with specific podcast episode recommendations!

Spontaneous weekend road trip tomorrow, 9 hour drive in each direction (that's the distance to the closest city from our remote location). If I had more time I would comb through various podcasts to pick out ones I think I'd like, but this time I could use your help. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Apr 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Critique my California Road Trip/San Francisco Visit Itinerary!

In one short month Mr. Bruno and I are traveling to California (from Boston) for a long overdue vacation. I am hoping you can help me make it even more awesome (it’s been years since we got to travel without a family visit or a wedding to attend, so it’s already pretty awesome). I have seen this thread, and used it to plan parts of this trip, and would like some specific feed back as well as general recommendations, if you’ve got ‘em. Accomodations and number of nights are set, but activities are not. Things we like: eating, walking/not-too-long hikes (especially in parks/gardens), people watching, unusual museums/unique visitor attractions, farmer’s markets, bookstores, unique food shops. Most of our vacations are just walking around, poking into places that look interesting, and eating. [more inside]
posted by hungrybruno on Apr 5, 2013 - 51 answers

Fun pit-stops (US/CAN) between Rochester, NY & Grand Rapids, MI?

Are there any fun, weird, or tasty roadside attractions on the drive from Rochester, NY to Grand Rapids, MI? We're going through Canada (Hamilton, London, etc.) then crossing back into the US at Sarnia (?) and going through Flint and Lansing. Relevant info:
  • we've got 12 and 9 year old boys
  • we're mainly trying to just get to our destination in one day, but would love some fun stops
  • traveling in early April, so warm weather is not expected

posted by chr1sb0y on Mar 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Where to enjoy a Blatz beer in Milwaukee?

Where's a nice place to sit and enjoy a Blatz beer on a Saturday night in Milwaukee? My wife and I are cobbling together road trip ideas for our upcoming anniversary, and I suggested a pilgrimage to Wisconsin to have a Blatz. [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Mar 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Car camping in the US

Help me compile a togo list. I'm open to everywhere, everything. What is your favorite lesser-known US National Park or State Park for car camping? And the best time of year to visit?
posted by 1066 on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

NY to LA roadtrip with a baby in early April...best route?

We (my husband, and 11 month old daughter) are moving cross country from Brooklyn to Los Angeles- and will be driving our new car cross country. We leave April 1st, have 10 days to get there, (our stuff is being shipped via movers and doesn't arrive for 10 days, so we need to take our time) and we are trying to figure out the best route to take that avoids severe weather as much as possible. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rubyeyo on Mar 10, 2013 - 13 answers

RoadTripFilter- I Need Toddler-Friendly Attractions/Stops Along I-40

I'm on a big road trip with my 2-year old. I'm taking the I-40 between AZ and TN. I'll be going through Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville. I would love any suggestions for things a toddler would like along the way. Museums that have hands-on exhibits geared to toddlers, great parks and playgrounds, water he can play or splash in and waterfowl of all kinds is always a hit. He's also happy just running around at a rest stop obviously, but if I can make stops he really likes he complains less about the time in the car.
posted by Mozzie on Mar 9, 2013 - 6 answers

music for a west coast road trip?

I'm driving from LA to SFO with a dear friend of mine. We're going to take two nights in LA, two nights in Big Sur and one night around SF. Please recommend music for our trip! Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Oregon Road Trip

At the end of August, we are going on a 9 day road trip through Oregon (round-trip from Seattle). The plan is to start on the east side of the Cascades, visit Bend and Crater Lake, arrive in Ashland (for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and head north along the coast on the way home. Any suggestions on what to visit and where to stay? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Blizzard Road Trip

Is driving from southern Massachusetts to central Maine tomorrow an extremely bad idea? What is the latest time I can safely set out on my journey? (Note that I don't have four wheel drive or a death wish). Will all that snow be cleared away for an easy return on Sunday?
posted by murfed13 on Feb 7, 2013 - 31 answers

What's cool from PIT -> ILM?

Considering driving from Pittsburgh -> Wilmington, North Carolina in early July. What neat stuff is on the way? (any way!) [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me be a busy bee in the Beehive State

Looking for fun places to go on and off the beaten path in Utah and the Arizona Strip. [more inside]
posted by dunadan17 on Feb 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Roadtrip- IN, OH, PA, and NY are beautiful in January, right?

Solo January roadtrip from western Indiana to RI. Up to a week to do it in (if I really wanted to), want to visit a friend in State College, PA on the way. How can I make this the least amount of terrible? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Interesting destinations between LA and San Fran??

What exciting things should we do/eat/see/visit on our road trip from San Francisco to LA in early january? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Dec 21, 2012 - 19 answers

Help make my drivethrough a blizzard go faster!

Select an audiobook for me to listen to on my road trip, please :] [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Dec 20, 2012 - 21 answers

How to see America in July?

My friend who has never been to the US has four weeks for an epic road trip/vacation. The catch: it's in July. What are the must see sights that won't induce heatstroke? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Dec 5, 2012 - 33 answers

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out?

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out? Also, your favorite places along the way? [more inside]
posted by (lambda (x) x) on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm driving through flyover country. Where should I stop?

I'm driving from northern New Jersey to Ann Arbor, MI tomorrow via I-80, and returning to DC on Sunday via 76/70/270. What can I do to make these journeys less boring? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Nov 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Can I drive 1600 miles in a Mini Cooper with 4 cats?

Can I drive 1600 miles in a Mini Cooper with 4 cats? [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Nov 4, 2012 - 27 answers

Where should we go for a short break from Ottawa?

I have some vacation time to use up, and I'd love to get away for a few days in November. Budget is a big concern, and there are a number of other snowflakes, too. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Oct 25, 2012 - 22 answers

Help plan my road trip in south PA!

Road Trip (sort of) with my boyfriend this Monday from Pottstown, PA, to Hanover, PA, to Chambersburg, PA, then back to Pottstown. Any Mefites know of things to do/places to go along the way to make it fun? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Oct 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Seattle > diner > Walla Walla

Driving between Seattle to Walla Walla: best diner? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Oct 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Best Route from DC area to Indianapolis?

Road trip with my wife next week. I'm looking for practical experience with routes from Fredericksburg VA to Indianapolis IN. [more inside]
posted by COD on Oct 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Hither and thither and yon...

I am looking for interesting or weird places to stop on a once-in-a-lifetime epic cross-country road trip. I have a month to traverse the country. I'm planning on stopping at the House on the Rock in WI, the Grand Canyon, and the Jedediah Smith Redwoods Park. Anywhere along this route that I shouldn't miss, either for food or attractions? I am looking particularly for things I would never see or eat if I were not on a road trip, or wonderful places to camp. The route is inside... [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny on Sep 27, 2012 - 34 answers

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