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Author Topic: Help with route from East Coast to So. Cali in the fall  (Read 297 times)


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Help with route from East Coast to So. Cali in the fall
« on: July 04, 2017, 04:10:34 PM »
We will be making our first cross country trip this fall! We are leaving Maryland in early October and heading south to stay in the warmer weather, and then across the country to Southern California. We have no real time deadline but we are thinking we would like to be on the West Coast around Thanksgiving. Should we allow more time?

We are thinking we will drive about 6 hours a day, and stay a few days at each stop. We want an easy pace :)

We are now semi-retired and can travel whenever we like. We just want to avoid the cold weather.

Any route recommendations or must see stops / rv parks / etc? We will be in a 37 ft class A and like to have full hook ups. We have been taking lots of short trips a few hours from home but we are excited to take the first LONG trip! We aren't technically full timers as we will keep our apartment in Baltimore, but we have no deadline to return.

Kristin (and Ruben)
2017 37' Winnebago Sunova 36z
Living for 10-11 months a year in our RV to avoid the cold !


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Re: Help with route from East Coast to So. Cali in the fall
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2017, 06:11:48 PM »
What are your interests? 
--  Do you like to hike and/or sight see via car/truck?

--  Do you prefer larger city sights and history, or do you like State Parks, National Forests, National Parks and being out in the country?

--  Do you dry camp/boondock or are you much happier with at least water & elect?

--  Do you like to sample local foods.  Cajun food in Louisiana comes to mind.  New Mexico Mexican food in Las Cruces, NM is another.   

You are covering a huge area.  I suggest picking 3-4 areas and spending a week to 10 days or more in each. 

Make a fairly detailed plan on where you want to go and what you want to see on your trip.  But DON'T make firm reservations for places to stay.  The plan is just for a start.  As you go along, be willing to say longer, leave sooner, go visit some place you had not thought about, but discovered along the way.

If you are interested, take a look at our trip to Alaska last year: http://downtheroadaroundthebend.blogspot.com/2017/01/alaska-trip-index-april-26september-6.html  I made a fairly detailed plan on what to see, but made changes at least once a week, sometimes twice a week.  For the most part we wandered for 4 1/2 months. 

Possible places to visit:

--  Charleston, SC & Savanna, GA

--  New Orleans and Lafayette

--  San Antonio

--  From San Antonio take US-90 through Del Rio, Seminole Canyon SP, Big Bend NP, Ft Davis and Davis Mt SP

--  From Big Bend there are interesting stops in NM & AZ along I-10.

October is not to late to visit the Grand Canyon and Zion NP.  Bryce Canyon NP at 8000' might be a little cold. Death Valley is in that area as well.  You will have to watch the weather along I-40 in AZ so you don't drive in an early winter storm.  Just stay in lower elevations, 3000'-4000' for a few days until the storm passes. 

Make use of RV Park Reviews for info about RV Parks to stay at. http://www.rvparkreviews.com/

Have fun. 

Al & Sharon
2006 Winnebago Sightseer 29R
2009 Chevy Colorado 4X4