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Old 12-05-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Iím looking for recommendations on some sort of Travel Book for the 50 states and Canada. We started travelling in 1990 during our working years and continue to do so in retirement. Our state side travel dropped off about four years ago because of family illnesses and we decided to do some RV travel overseas. We are now going to start travelling state side and in Canada again. We are not full timers but extended travelers we each trip lasting 3-6 months.
We have had all towables and since 1990 have travelled over 125,000 miles with three quarters of that since we retired. During that time we have used AAA Travel Books as a guide for planning trips and they have worked well for us. For those of you that donít know, that have attraction information ranging from shopping to museums to natural phenomenon and everything in between. In a second section, AAA lists information on motels/hotels and restaurants.
Each book covers at least one state and attractions are broken down by city and/or by attraction. When planning a trip we have ideas of where we wanted to go and what to see and found the AAA book furnishes us with additional information about other attractions along the way (that we didnít know about) or in the areas we were visiting anyway.
We use this info to develop rough travel route. To supplement we would use also pick up travel/attraction guides/books from Visitor Centers along interstates, Chamber of Commerce tourist centers camp grounds, etc. This would allow us to make adjust our trip if there was something not covered by AAA Travel Books.
About four years AAA changed the format of their Tour Books making them harder to use in this manner. We have talked with others who feel the same way. The old format had two sections: (1) an attractions section, and (2) the lodging and restaurant section. We used to use the attraction section in the old book to highlight things we wanted to do or see then plot everything on a map. This would give us a rough route to follow. Since the format of the new AAA book comingles attraction, lodging and restaurant information together, we find it a lot harder to use.
I have looked on line and found a couple that may fit what we are looking for. Does anyone have any ideas suggestions on books?

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Like 20 volume sets of encyclopedia and phone books, the internet has replaced the paper copies of such reference books. There are many websites that have campground reviews and listings of all types. Start with a Google search then you explore the websites of interest. Here are a few I have bookmarked for research:

Overnight Parking | Overnight RV Parking
https://freecampsites.net/usa/
Campgrounds, Cabins - RV Parks Directory
RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks
Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds
Roadside America - Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions
Journeys Into
Roadfood.com - Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
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Like 20 volume sets of encyclopedia and phone books, the internet has replaced the paper copies of such reference books. There are many websites that have campground reviews and listings of all types. Start with a Google search then you explore the websites of interest. Here are a few I have bookmarked for research:

Overnight Parking | Overnight RV Parking
https://freecampsites.net/usa/
Campgrounds, Cabins - RV Parks Directory
RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks
Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds
Roadside America - Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions
Journeys Into
Roadfood.com - Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats

Thanks for the info and taking the time to write. I have been looking at some travel websites -- some of which you mentioned. It's okay when we are at home, but on the road using campground wifi can be problematic. Moving ahead and purchasing new technology (such as a mobile hotspot) given our situation, will duplicate some of what we have and greater cost to us.

We don't have smart phones yet just flip phones. We live in a 10 year old age 55 development that provides some services paid with our HOA fees. I won't bore you with details, but I could write a couple pages about our situation. But it involves developer bankruptcy, contacts that continue to pay the developer, and couple of LLCs, contracts with providers that have some ridiculous terms, weak cell service in our development. All this was negotiated in the early 2000's before telecommunications is what it is today.

The HOA was approached by a law firm that specializes in situations like this (apparently this type of situation is very common in Florida) who has successfully got us out of this and it will improved our situation (of course for a price). In the end, it will reduce HOA fees while providing us with some addition services. We hope to eventually eliminate our landline, buy smart phones and purchase a mobile hotspot. Until all this takes effect, anything we do now will just increase our costs and duplicate service.

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