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Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

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Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

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

 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

COLUMBUS

Santa Maria ship, Ohio statehouse, Graeters ice cream place.

Drive onto

PITTSBURGH

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

5th ave.

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)

Griffith Observatory

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.

Glacier Point

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

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1. Re: Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

Wow! That's a lot planned. We move quickly when we travel too, but iin some of those towns I think you have a lot on your plate especially when you are still planning to drive somewhere else yet that night.

We have a travel trailer not a RV, but thought I would mention.... Since you indicated you are new to rv'ing I'm wondering if you are taking in consideration that you will not likely be traveling as fast as you would in a car normally and that you will be stopping a bit more frequently for gas. Also make sure that if you are planning on staying at places like Walmart and such that you are planning in time to refill with water and use a dump station as well.

Just my thoughts, hope it helps some!

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2. Re: Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

From my experience I can tell you that days 13, 16, 17 and 23 and probably 14 and 15 will not work as you have planned. Too many activities and too many miles of driving particularly with an RV. In some places you can overnight at Walmart, in others you cannot. Also, in an RV, it is tricky to get gas in some places because RVs just won't fit into the gas station set up so don't get below half a tank just to play it safe.

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3. Re: Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

It is great you have Route 66 incorporated in your US RV Trip. Downstream Casino, Quapaw, OK has a great RV Park just off the Route. Be sure to reach out to the Joplin CVB a Route 66 host community we can get you information about the Route in SW Missouri, Kansas and Miami, OK.

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4. Re: Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

Regarding day 17; it's a five and a half hour drive without really stopping from St.Louis to the Kansas border. Just remember that that does not leave much time to see or do anything along the way. Of course that's going on the interstate. If you actually take Route 66 it will take much longer. When you make it to Carthage check out Red Oak II just east of town on u.s. 96 (old route 66) and the courthouse. If you're there around Emil time I would suggest Boomer Sooners BBQ, or cave gang Pizza on Garrison Street. Great local flavor.

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5. Re: Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

Yes, be sure to see our beautiful Courthouse in Carthage! 3 blocks south of Route 66 on Main Street. We also have a lot of small authentic Mexican restaurants in town. Boomers BBQ and Cave Gang Pizza are good suggestions also.

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Yes, be sure to see our beautiful Courthouse in Carthage! 3 blocks south of Route 66 on Main Street. We also have a lot of small authentic Mexican restaurants in town. Boomers BBQ and Cave Gang Pizza are good suggestions also.

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There is a quaint little sandwich shop/ market in Riverton Kansas which is between Galena and Baxter Springs. Approx 1/4 mile after going over the bridge it's on the right. Very unassuming little building, great stop!

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8. Re: Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

Some St. Louis ideas -

City Museum - check out the TA reviews. It's # 4 attraction and highly recommended for all ages

St. Louis Zoo - it's free - in Forest Park

Drive thru Forest Park, home to the zoo, Muny Opera, Art Museum, History Museum, plus miles of walks

Ted Drewes - along old route 66 - historic custard shop

Missouri Botanical Garden - one of the best in the country

For lunch, check out one of our BBQ places - Pappy's, Bogarts

Take a walk along the Delmar Loop - funky shops, restaurants and St. Louis Walk of Fame for highlights of famous past St. Louisans

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9. Re: Please Review My Planned Roadtrip!

Your road trip is very ambitious! I live in Ohio and I have traveled with an rv to many of the areas you are looking. Last summer we camped outside of Washington DC and toured everyday for a week. I most sincerely recommend using a tour in DC. I researched everything and had planned all my locations in DC, but on your own to hit the timing on the individual building tours and of course each has security. The buildings are much larger than you imagine. Indianapolis to Columbus to Pittsburgh is possible in a day driving straight thru on the interstate, but to get into the downtown areas with traffic and try to park a rv will be very difficult. Best wishes to you. My best suggestion is to break your trip into at the very least two trips one east of the Mississippi and one west of the Mississippi.

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