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Old 04-26-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Trip to California

I am planning to go from New Jersey to California any suggestions on which route to drive? Which campgrounds are good to stay at? Any attractions or restaurants on the way? I appreciate any replies or feedback. Thanks!

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Old 04-26-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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Are you going to do this in two or three days? Sorry don't mean to be facetious but there is a WHOLE lot of country to see and things to do. What is your proposed route? Time frame? Interests? Traveling companions, etc, etc.? I have done the trip so many times I can't even say I have a favorite route. Hwy 2 is nice and has Glacier Nat'l Park. I-90 has Yellowstone, Little Big Horn, and lots of other attractions. I-10 and 20 are great in the winter and have lots of Gulf attractions. The list goes on and on.

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Old 04-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #3
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Welcome to iRV2! We are in NJ (Hunterdon County) and have done the NJ to CA twice in 2010 while our son was working in Yosemite.

First route was:
NJ to St. Louis
St. Louis to Amarillo
Amarillo to Kingman AZ (with to Grand Canyon Skywalk)
Kingman to Malibu (went to Dodgers game & Labrea tar pits)
Then up to Yosemite and Pacifica, CA.
Home route was I-80 all the way.

2nd route was:
NJ to St. Louis
St. Louis to Lidon, CO
Lidon to Mesa Verde (stops at Royal Gorge, Great Sand Dunes)
Few days in Mesa Verde
4 corners, Bryce, Zion
Zion to Van Nuys, CA (VIP tour of Universal)
Van Nuys up to Yosemite
I-80 all the way back

Good luck!
Tom and Katharine
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #4
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Hi, Not sure where in CA you are going so I will just tell you about a few of the things we did on our way from NC to CA. We went I 40 all the way. The places we enjoyed were touring Graceland in Memphis, TN, hiking in Jean Petit State Park near Morrilton, AR, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, south of Amirillo, TX, and the Grand Canyon. Let us know how your trip went. Safe travels.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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Thank you very much for your lovely in put on my trip.
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Thank you for your reply.
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I need to remind you that the destinations between NJ and CA is all of the USA. There is so much to see and do that picking just a few spots that are best is nearly impossible. Maybe just stoping to visit the beautiful designs of the many States Capitol buildings would be quite an interesting trip by itself. But that would require you to be inside for much of the trip! So instead lets make a stop to see some of the great Lakes, or maybe a Cubs game in Chicago. I always enjoy our National Parks, or maybe Lake Tahoe. Even a stop in Reno or Las Vegas has some small chance of increasing your enjoyment. (but maybe not your purse) Can't forget that you will be crossing the Old Mississippi River, so take in the enjoyment of watching a Tow Boat lock thru or take a short trip in one of the Paddle Wheeler's as well. Maybe a trip thru ths John Deere Museum while in Ilinois would be interesting, or a side trip to see Abraham Lincoln sights in Springfield, Ill. How about the Arch in St Louis or a stop in Branson, Mo to take in a show. Even the lake of the Ozarks has some interest, if you get out on the water it is even better! The rolling hills of Iowa will give you a chance to visit the Heartland, and there is things like the Amana Colonies, or Amish country near Kalona. They have a beautiful State Capitol building as well as a Living History Farms in Des Moines. John Waynes birthplace and the "Bridges of Madison County" are in nearby Winterset, with the Loess Hills availabile before you head west into Nebraska.
My point is no matter which direction you decide to take there will be more to see than you will have time to stay!
Enjoy your trip it will be an experience that you cannot help but enjoy as long as you take the time to do it. If all you do is drive all day and take peeks as you drive by you will soon tire of the whole thing!

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