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Old 03-13-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Looking for layover ideas, AZ to NC

DW & I are heading back home to NC the first week in April. We are currently in Tucson, AZ. Home is in Concord, NC just north of Charlotte. We have traveled I-40 & I-20, looking at maybe using I-10 this time. We have a week to get back & would like to make some stops a long the way for a little sightseeing/relaxing. We both work & this is one of our vacation weeks. We have never been through the Gulf states. We have however traveled extensively between Atlanta & Charlotte, looking for places between New Mexico & Atlanta, GA. We enjoy outdoor activities, National Parks, beaches, ect, not much interest in museums, theater, ect. with the exception of famous mansions. Thinking of maybe Corpus Christi, Texas City, New Orleans, Never been to any of these places and we don't mind going out of our way.

We are traveling in a 43" motor home with a car hauler. So this could make a difference on available campsites. We like to boondock & stay at campgrounds, no preference either way. We also do not need to stay on or near the interstates, primary & secondary roads are fine with me.

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If you visit New Orleans, besides the French Quarter I highly recommend taking in the National WWII Museum. A must see! I got there in the morning when they opened and parked my RV right in front at the curb. http://www.nationalww2museum.org/
There is also a Riverboat Casino along side of it at the river.
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We are on the final day of our trip home to Florida from Phoenix. We travelled on I-10 the entire route. The Texas town of Bourne is well worth a visit. The Hacienda campground in Las Cruces, NM is very nice. And the French Quarter RV Resort in New Orleans is not only convenient to everything, but very clean and friendly. Of the states along the route, the roads in Florida are the best, Louisiana's are the worst.
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San Antonio river walk worth the stop. The Alamo is there too.

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Other than the River Walk, San Antonio is the most over boasted place in Texas.
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We stayed at Pontchartrain Landing in New Orleans and had a great time.
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Ok after little research, We are thinking about heading to Carlsbad Cavern, spend a day or 2 there than head down to Corpus Christi, or Galveston TX. Carlsbad Cavern is a definite, I have always want ed to go there & this is a good chance. Not to sure where to stay. Any suggestion? As far as Corpus Christi or Galveston, what can anyone tell me about them. We don't care that Corpus Christi is more out of the way. I think 2 stops with a day or 2 layover is about all we have time for. We thought about the Natchez Trail Parkway, but after some research, there is a 55ft length restriction & we will be apprx 65ft. So we will save that trip for another time.

We actually have been to San Antonio before & went to the Alamo, another mission & River Walk. Thanks for the suggestion. The DW has informed me she has no desire to visit New Orleans. So thanks for that suggestion also, but not going to happen.
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Corpus Christi:
The Aquarium,
The aircraft carrier museum Lexington USS LEXINGTON CV-16-Aircraft Carrier Museum-Corpus Christi-TX.

Drive to Port Aransas, either take the highway southeast from town, go north up the beach road, and then leave taking the free ferry back to Aransas Pass.

Down the beach road south is the Padre Island National Seashore with boondocking camping.

Then the Bali County Park with hook ups.

Next north up 361 is Mustang Island State Park with some spaces facing the dunes to the east between you and the ocean.

Up the island is the beautiful Gulf Waters RV resort, with a board walk to the beach about 5 miles from Port Aransas.

Next is the huge Pioneer RV park, with board walk.

If you want more there are several RV parks in Port Aransas. And you might like the county park on the beach, or even just drive on the hard pack sand and boondock like lots of big class A will do at the jetties.

We have also stopped in Galveston after driving the coast road as much as possible. There are several big rig RV parks in town near or on the beach road.

Enjoy the fish and shrimp, and hopefully warm weather.
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Corpus Christi:
The Aquarium,
The aircraft carrier museum Lexington USS LEXINGTON CV-16-Aircraft Carrier Museum-Corpus Christi-TX.

Drive to Port Aransas, either take the highway southeast from town, go north up the beach road, and then leave taking the free ferry back to Aransas Pass.

Down the beach road south is the Padre Island National Seashore with boondocking camping.

Then the Bali County Park with hook ups.

Next north up 361 is Mustang Island State Park with some spaces facing the dunes to the east between you and the ocean.

Up the island is the beautiful Gulf Waters RV resort, with a board walk to the beach about 5 miles from Port Aransas.

Next is the huge Pioneer RV park, with board walk.

If you want more there are several RV parks in Port Aransas. And you might like the county park on the beach, or even just drive on the hard pack sand and boondock like lots of big class A will do at the jetties.

We have also stopped in Galveston after driving the coast road as much as possible. There are several big rig RV parks in town near or on the beach road.

Enjoy the fish and shrimp, and hopefully warm weather.
Driving the BIG class A at 36 K LB's on sand scares me. I am not use to sand that is so hard packed that I could drive this rig on it. But I love the idea of it.

You mention Boondocking on Padre Island Nat Seashore, is this also on the sand? Is there room for the big rig towing a car hauler?

I was looking at possibly Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Any ideas on this campground?

Thanks for these suggestions.
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Think of sand so hard you can ride any bike on it!

The Padre Island National Seashore has paved parking boondocking. Take a look at the website to see there are two different places to enjoy.

Bird Island Basin is first into the park to the right or west, paved road, and then hard gravel to the water's edge. Bird Island is famous for the windsurfing, it is on the west side of the island, and the water is flat in almost any wind conditions. The water depth is just a few feet out 100's of yards from the shore. There is a Sailboard rental and school set up, and nothing more.

Back on the park road, but miles further south, and on the ocean beach side is the boondocking camping lot, note it is north of the huge day use parking lot, and shows on the map as a long paved road way with parking on the east and west with a turn around circle,

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Padre...padre&t=h&z=16

with walking access to the beach. The link shows the parking layout and turn around. No pull thrus, all back in's. And then just a short distance further south is the road ending as it goes thru the dunes to the sand. You can then drive 4x4's onto the beach and travel almost 60 miles south if you want. Park website talks about rescue is expensive, and cell service is spotty if you travel the beach as many do.

Back in Port Aransas, you can look at the beach,

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=magee...ty,+Texas&z=15


all on pavement using Beach Street to the park entrance. Go to the 3 story office, and then take a very short walk to the beach to see what hard pack looks and feels like. Watch out for all the kinds of vehicles driving by. Or you might unhook the toad there, and take a quick drive along the beach to see the other rigs already parked. We see rigs parked all over the first free mile, some hiding from the winds, behind the tall dunes along the jetty area.

But we see, everything on the beach year round, from TT, TC, C, B, and A's at different times and places along the first 7 miles from the jetties south to that have used one of the beach access roads from 361 to the sand road. It is there that you would need the $12 yearly Port Aransas Beach sticker, bought at any shop, convenience store or beach rental vendor. The sticker is needed from the fishing pier south to park at anytime. Boondocking camping is allow for 3 days at a time.

We have not ever been into the Madagorda Bay Park, but remember reading that you are on the bay's edge, but do not have water access to a beach for walking, wading, or swimming.

Wish I were on your schedule and making the visit with you. We always drive the 7 miles or more on the beach, to see what is happening, and the sights. We sit every morning at the jetties or the beach to have Taquitos we buy in town and watch the sun rise out of the ocean, the fisherman, ships going in and out, the birds and clouds. We go back later and do our walk and shell searching, and talk to those fishing. Then we go back in the late afternoon as the light changes, for a second walk, and photos. And a night drive with the off shore lights, campfires, music, and moon light on the breaking waves works as well.
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Weather this is fortunate or unfortunate. We have sold our S&B in NC and we close on April 28th. So with that in mind we are not going to be able to spend as much time on our travel across country. I believe our only stop is going to be at Carlsbad Caverns then head on to to home to things packed and ready for the closing. Next time we will try to hit the TX beaches.
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Well, great news. Think of us as you sell your yard equipment.

Next time in TX you can go slow and see it all. Seafood, all kinds of fishing, Texmex food, sunrises out of the ocean on almost deserted beaches. Add the piney woods of east TX, seashore, Big Bend deserts and mountains and more. Come back, stay for months next time.
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Looking for best route heading East from Carlsbad NM, to get to I-20 towards Dallas & east. I was looking at google maps & thinking hwy 62/180 to Snyder then hwy 84 to I-20. Google tells me to take 62/180 to 176 to I-20 in Big Springs, but this doesn't look like a primary rd. Any suggestions?
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Usually those west Texas roads are major traffic routes and wide. You will find that slower traffic will pull over onto the wide shoulder to allow you to pass them. A wave of the hand, or a couple of blinks on the emergency flashers is a thank you.

Either route is getting you east. One drops you onto the I-20 sooner, and you will make better time of course on the interstate. But to see Texas, avoid the interstate like we try to do.

Cowtown RV in Aledo just east of Weatherford TX is an easy off and on stop, 436 miles from Carlsbad. It makes a nice starting point in the am after everyone gets to work. Hopefully you can breeze thru the metromess here called the DFW area.
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