I am currently planning a long RV trip around America. I plan to go with my boyfriend and one other couple in summer 2018 (end of July - end of August). so I am just looking for ideas and amendments to this plan please.
we like to travel cheap but still see all the sights and want to meet some interesting people along the way. It is our first trip to the US so we want to see everything (impossible I know) but we are used to long driving as we are keen travellers and did Europe last year. so distance isn't a problem. we are from the UK and in our early 20s. we are very quick travellers, we don't like to stand and gawp. so although this might seem like a lot is crammed into this trip for some people, it should fit our pace just fine.
interests: architecture, traditional tourism, history, photography, quirky things (such as route 66 signs and shops), good viewpoints, good driving roads... and anything else really
things to avoid: art (we like it, but an afternoon in a gallery is too much), celeb spotting, sitting on a beach all day (boringg, although we are doing it haha)
so far this is my basic route (if you can call it basic)
Day 1 - afternoon arrival CHICAGO.
Activities For The Day - eat at The Gage, Crown Fountain, Cloud Gate (the bean), Frank Gehry Pavillion, Chicago Cultural Centre, Michigan Ave Bridge, Tribune Tower, Old Water Tower, Fourth Presbyterian Church courtyard (i hear that it is pretty), John Hancock Center.
Day 2 - CHICAGO
Activities For The Day - Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum (if time), Buckingham Fountain, Lincoln Statue, Willis (Sears) Tower, Rookery Building, Route 66 Start Sign, Reckless Records, Macy;s, Giordano's for food.
Day 3 - CHICAGO
Activities For The Day - Lincoln Park Zoo, Beach, Navy Pier, Architecture Cruise (on a wednesday for fireworks)
Day 4 - PICK UP RV HIRE (cruise america?)
Activities For The Day - get the tube to cruise america (reviews please). pick up supplies at walmart (or similar, ideas?). Drive towards Indianapolis, stopping at Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure? sleeping this night at a flying j in lebanon.. I think
Day 5 - INDIANPOLIS, COLUMBUS, PITTSBURGH
Activities For The Day -
indianapolis speedway, scottish rite cathedral, veterans memorial plaza, soldiers and sailors monument, state capitol building, canal walk (all of this very quick, just passing through).
Drive to next place
Santa Maria ship, Ohio statehouse, Graeters ice cream place.
Fort Dunquesne, Point State Park Fountain, PNC park, PNC building (green wall), Market Square, Mount Washington View at night.
Sleep at a walmart somewhere.
Day 6 - FALLINGWATER, ERIE and BUFFALO, NY
fallingwater house, beach of lake erie, anchor bar (buffalo), city hall, forest lawn cemetery, darwin d martin house complex
sleep at a KOA on grand island
Day 7 - NIAGARA FALLS
day at Niagara Falls, then drive to rv park in Toronto
Day 8 - TORONTO
Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower, St Lawrence Market, Shopping Centre (PATH), old city hall, nathan phillips square
Day 9 - WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK
drive to Watkins Glen State Park. then in the afternoon drive onto new york campsite (liberty harbour)
Day 10 - NEW YORK
new world trade centre, 9/11 memorials, woolworth buildng, city hall, wall street, battery park, staten island ferry, brooklyn bridge park (pier 1),
potentially - yankee stadium for a game
Day 11 - NEW YORK
Chelsea Market, highline, empire state building (dont think we will climb this as we are doing Rockefeller), Flatiron, New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Grand Central, MetLife (Pan AM), Chrysler, Rockefeller (climb up - buy the sun and stars ticket), Ellens Stardust Diner, Times Square, Debt Clock, Rockefeller (climb again)
Day 12 - NEW YORK
central park - shakespeare garden, belvedere castle, guggenheim, alice in wonderland, conservatory water, loeb boathouse, bethesda fountain, zoo, carousel, trump rink area
if there is time maybe see a show (not sure this is for us, any recommendations?)
Day 13 - WASHINGTON DC
drive to DC via Princeton uni (drive around campus). leave rv at rv camp (cherry hill) and get metro into town
Capitol Building, Smithsonian Institution, Jefferson Memorial, george mason memorial, franklin roosevelt memorial, martin luther king jr memorial, lincoln memorial, einstein memorial, reflecting pool, WWII memorial, washington memorial, zero milestone, white house
Day 14 - SKYLINE DRIVE
drive along the skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park, exit at swift run station. drive towards Knoxville. sleep en route
Day 15 - KNOXVILLE, NASHVILLE
Knoxville - Sunsphere tower
Nashville - Jacks Bar-B-Que, Walk of Fame Park, Tootsies, Legends Corner
question: what is the tomato art festival all about, we might be there during this time.
.. drive to memphis to sleep
Day 16 - MEMPHIS, ST LOUIS
early start to see meditation garden, beale street, A-Schwab shop
potential extra day here if it is Elvis Week..
drive to St Louis (any parking suggestions.. if not we need to stay the night, maybe Casino Queen?)
Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse, Old Post Office
Day 17 - ROUTE 66 (st louis - kansas)
Meramec caverns, fanning 66 outpost, Springfield MO, Carthage, Baxter Springs, Galena
Day 18 - ROUTE 66 (catoosa - amarillo)
Catoosa Blue Whale, 'golden driller' tulsa, shoe tree in Stroud, arcadia big red barn memorabilia shop. Elk City Harley & Annabelles curio shop, VW slug bug ranch
sleep in amarillo
Day 19 - AMARILLO & PALO DURO
shopping the equestrian shops (I horse ride so I might have to buy a saddle or something to take home). afternoon at Palo Duro State Park. return at night for Big Texan
Day 20 - ROUTE 66 (amarillo - albuquerque)
cadillac ranch, route 66 midpoint Adrian, Glenrio, Tucumcari, Blue Hole - Santa Rosa, Albuquerque. self drove Breaking Bad tour
Day 21 - SANTA FE
drive to santa fe for the day. see the Plaza, Farmers Market, Capitol building, canyon road, food at el foral.
return to Albuquerque and do the tramline to the top of Sandia Mountains
Day 22 - ROUTE 66 (albuquerque - flagstaff)
acoma pueblo, petrified forest, holbrook, jack rabbit, winslow, 2 guns, flagstaff
Day 23 - GRAND CANYON
drive to the grand canyon village via Flinstones Bedrock City (we grew up to the Flinstones).
see south rim grand canyon
drive - seligman, hoover dam, vegas (just drive through, this isnt our scene really, but we wanted to see it while we were this close)
Day 24 - LA
elmers bottle tree ranch, rv park in LA (balboa)
can you see the hollywood sign from here or is it too far away?
Day 25 - LA
UCLA, Rodeo Drive, Walk of Fame, Musso & Frank. disney hall.
Day 26 - LA
day at the beaches - santa monica pier and venice beach
Day 27 - YOSEMITE
drive early to get to Yosemite. camp at Bridalveil creek campground.
Day 28 - YOSEMITE
Bridalviel Falls, Yosemite Village, see El Capitan and Tunnel View.
(potentially could drive to south edge of lake tahoe for sunset)
sleep in Vallejo, CA
Day 29 - SIX FLAGS
theme park day at Six Flags
sleep at Marin RV Park, Greenbrae
Day 30 - SAN FRANCISCO
bus into town. get off after the bridge
Bridge Cafe, Torpedo Wharf, West side beach (sand ladder), Bison Paddock, Stow Lake, Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Science, Shakespeare Gardens, Haight & Ashbury district, Chile Pies & Ice Cream, Alamo Square Park
Day 31 - SAN FRANCISCO
Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Filbert Steps, The Old Ship Saloon, Cable Car to Fishermans Wharf, Pier 39. Sea Lion Colony, Ghiraradello Square
Day 32 - MONTEREY BAY, BIG SUR - ROUTE 1
Monterey Aquarium (heard very mixed reviews, not sure about this yet - i love aquariums but dont want to feel like i have seen it all already)
Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur Village, Local Color Shop, Cafe Kavah, McWay Falls Hike. Sleep at Kirk Creek Campground
Day 33 - ROUTE 1
Elephant Seal Rookery, Santa Barbara, return to Balboa RV Park, LA
Day 34 - RETURN HOME
can anyone recommend a good charity/goodwill centres, we will have lots of things to give away from our trip such as bedding we have bought, pots and pans, cutlery, leftover tinned goods etc.
return RV to cruise america (again, please advise on rental companies)
fly from LAX
thats our trip so far, I would really appreciate any tips or advice. we are first time US visitors and also first time RVer's
thanks so much