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Old 02-03-2008, 06:26 AM   #1
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Hi evryone,

We would like to spent almost whole August driving from place to place and visiting interesting places as national parks e.g. We would like to rent around 30 ft. RV as "one way renting" . Could you please advice and recommend nice route for us? This is our first time in the States, so I am really open for any suggestions. This is also our first time in the RV and I really hope that someone will help us with that.

We must pick up and drop off our RV in the city with airport.
We are in two families 2+2 and 2+1, so in fact we need two RVs.
We would like to see as much as possible but perhaps with a number of two or three-day stops for relaxing.

Could you share with your experience and recommend states and routs for us?

Appreciate your help

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Old 02-03-2008, 06:26 AM   #2
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Hi evryone,

We would like to spent almost whole August driving from place to place and visiting interesting places as national parks e.g. We would like to rent around 30 ft. RV as "one way renting" . Could you please advice and recommend nice route for us? This is our first time in the States, so I am really open for any suggestions. This is also our first time in the RV and I really hope that someone will help us with that.

We must pick up and drop off our RV in the city with airport.
We are in two families 2+2 and 2+1, so in fact we need two RVs.
We would like to see as much as possible but perhaps with a number of two or three-day stops for relaxing.

Could you share with your experience and recommend states and routs for us?

Appreciate your help

Regards

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Old 02-03-2008, 07:57 AM   #3
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Wow! That's a tall order, since the U.S. is so huge!

Which city will be your port of entry? If you haven't made that determination yet, and your purpose for the trip is to see some National Parks, you might want to consider landing in a western U.S. city.

Utah has lots of National Parks with others fairly close by (Grand Canyon in Arizona, and Mesa Verde in Colorado, for example), so Salt Lake City, Utah or Las Vegas, Nevada might be a good choice as a point of entry.

Do you have any particular National Parks you KNOW you want to see? That would be a starting point in suggesting a route.

The company from whom you rent the RV should go over all the workings of the RV before you leave. If you have any questions, be sure to get them answered BEFORE you take off in it.
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:10 AM   #4
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LindaH says
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Wow! That's a tall order, since the U.S. is so huge! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Linda, you said it all in that one sentence..People coming from another country can't imagine how large the U.S. is..They just don't realize that just one of the larger states is bigger than 2 or three countries in Europe..
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:59 AM   #5
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Wow, thanks for such prompt reply. I haven't made any precise plans, so I can choose any major city with the airport as a start of the trip. I can also make a circle and drop off the RV at the same place I pick it up. I just thought that it will be much more efficient to rent with an option of "one way", especially when U.S. is so big as you pointed. A friend of mine suggested to drive from Chicago by route 66, but I am not sure if it is so much interesting especially for kids 12 & 4 years old. That is why perhaps national parks and other attractions would be more convenient for them. There is also question about climate and temperature. Is not it too tiring driving and staying all the time around Las Vegas, Dead Valley and around?

I am wondering how many miles we should consider for vacations of, let's say, 25 days? I suppose we can drive maximum 100 miles average. It means perhaps one day we can drive 200 miles but later we can stay for two nights in one place. What do you think about this?

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Old 02-03-2008, 09:32 AM   #6
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Oh, one thing more. I really do realize how big U.S. is and I have never planed to visit all states and places within 25 days. I just need somebody's help, to plan my first route in one particular place. But the question is, where? This is the question for experienced RV users. This is going to be not only my first visit in U.S. but also first experience with RV in general.
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:59 AM   #7
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August is hot, would stay to the northern US unless you can handle 100 plus day time temps.
Flying into Seattle would be a good choice then the Olympia peninsula. Then across the Washington state north cascades highway to Glacier National park or direct route I90 to Glacier. From Glacier to Yellowstone national park then south to Tetons national park. From here it will be hot but you may have gotten used to Temps by now and you could go South or east for more stops and a point of exit from the US.
There is SO MUCH TO SEE in the US it is very hard to advise a trip and Also what are you wanting to see City's, museums, wildlife and mountains-deserts, that makes a big difference.

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Old 02-03-2008, 01:22 PM   #8
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Hi,

Definitively wildlife and nature sound better than cities. Of course local museums on the road are also interesting. I can imagine that there is so much to see a specially in such big country, but I need to start from something. This year one area, next year another, and so on. I hope my family will like this form of activity. Northern states sounds also good for me. Most important thing for me is not to bore my kids. I hope we will be able to find nice RV parks. Perhaps I should ask you in a different way. What would be your first trip by RV?

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I can give you an example of our planned trip this summer. We will start in The San Francisco area, East to Reno, NV then Salt Lake City, UT. From there we will head North with stops in Idaho and Montana and then 9 days in Calgary, Canada. Then it is West to Vancouver, BC with stops along the way. Leaving Vancouver we will head South with stops in Seattle, WA and a few other places, the on to Oregon with various stops. Finally continue South to San Francisco. We will make a complete loop in 5 or 6 weeks.

If you take a map of the US you could pick any number of places to start and make the same kind of loop. I imagine returning the RV rental to your starting location would be the cheapest method.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by RAFAL:
"Perhaps I should ask you in a different way. What would be your first trip by RV?"

If my first RV trip to the USA was going to be my LAST RV trip to the USA it would impact destination dramatically.

It appears though that your family and yourself have the luxury of making multiple trips to the USA so you could approach "seeing" our country in a way that prioritizes your interests.

To that end.... If I could only make one RV trip to the USA I would cover the Western portion of the country.

The western portion of our country is rich with history. Much of it far older than the history that defines the colonization of the eastern Seaboard.

It would be very hard to represent that any portion of our country is more "beautiful" than another, but there are some areas that are hard to beat.

I would probably take a loop that would start in Los Angeles. Include a drive to San Diego. San Diego out to the Grand Canyon. Time in Pheonix or Flagstaff. Trip to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. From New Mexico I would swing through Colorado. I might either come up through the S/W portion of the state heading into Durango and exploring that area. I might also run up to Denver and and spend a few days there before I headed West. Spots of note would be "Rocky Mountain National Park". Towns like Vail, Basalt, Aspen, Granite, Fort Collins, all have some of the best RV camping sites in the country. This book, Colorado Campgrounds: The 100 Best and All the Rest (Paperback)will be a great resource if you come to Colorado


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I am new to RV'ing but not to camping. Literally, you could spend your entire trip in Colorado (I do. At least 45 days a summer camping in the Rockies) and see some of the best high-country in the USA. To that end.... (Depending on how much time you spend here in Colorado) it is a great jumping point to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.... You could head up there and then head west and see our great national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite. If that is an ambition you better book your sites there now or you will have little chance of finding a spot to park.
If you wanted to spare yourself the crowds, you could skip the run to Mount Rushmore and head west from Denver through a southern route that would take you to National Parks like Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon, Zion. All are in Southwest Utah. This is some of the best country in the USA and, largely, far less congested than parks like Yellowstone. You could also continue to head west through Las Vegas. If you had more time you could aim for California at any point further north than Los Angeles. Say Santa Barbera was a target. You could head there from Las Vegas and then work yourself down the coast back to LA.

I think this would be a fun August Agenda. It might be a bit aggressive but there are many ways to intuitively pare it back. August is a hot month but you will have AC and once you get into the mountains it will be cooler.

That would be my first trip to the USA.

However, I would not dismiss any part of the Country. Given the fact that you're coming back I would probably do this trip first and then create different loops in the future. You have to see the northeast part of the country. Best to head up there in the fall if you can (my opine I live in the west so I would defer judgment to board members who live in those areas). Winter time in the south east can be a great deal of fun. The midwest in the summer doing some "lake hopping" can be a real blast as well.

If I could only do an RV trip to the USA one time then I would go straight across the country. Land in New York and head west to either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Just my two cents worth.

Hope you have a great trip...

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It looks, it's not gona be easy decision. I need to start working on it to make it funny and pleasant. So much to do. Not only choosing the loop but booking parks for stops. Anyway thanks Martin.
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RAFAL...
Welcome to iRV2 ...and good luck choosing a route for your virgin trip! You have a very large task ahead of you...with your first decision of the exact type of sites you want to see.
<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Ocean?...start out on the west coast and travel the coastal route (smaller RVS would work best here)
<LI>Scenery - possibly the rustic 4 corners area - where you can see a variety of Indian Ruins, the scenic parks of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon,Zion National Park, Sedona, Arches National Park and others in that area
<LI>Colonial History - then go to the east coast
<LI>and it can continue....[/list]
Only you can decide what TYPES of things you want to see....
Good luck, enjoy the forum and please post often!!


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Rafal,

I second what MonacoMama said about the "scenery" loop. These parks represent some awesome opportunities for RV'ers.

But it seems that in an earlier post you reacted to the comment regarding high temperatures in August. These parks can exceed 40degC in the afternoon and the heat can linger into the night. If you are going to be virtually anywhere in the West be sure that the AC on your RV is in excellent working condition. Having your wife and kids wilt in the heat can take the pleasure out of the nicest place.

The Pacific Northwest was mentioned earlier. May I suggest some very nice reading on this? There is a book written by Mike and Terri Church called "RV Adventures in the Pacific Northwest" that is really good. It can easily be purchased on Amazon.com. It combines not only driving tours, places of interest and estimated times but it also gives great information on RV parks.

Have fun and good luck.
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Lots of good ideas here, but I personally would advise against going anywhere near Los Angeles, unless you enjoy crazy traffic, horrible driving, and even worse roads. San Diego, in my opinion, is a much nicer city on the ocean, and the weather is always nice. San Francisco and Napa Valley are awesome, Oregon is gorgeous, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona are all great, although you DO NOT want to be anywhere near Phoenix in August (trust me, I live here). Maybe Northern AZ (Grand Canyon). I'm probably going to offend someone here, so I apologize in advance, but "Route 66" is not what it was in it's heyday. I hope those small towns and tourist attractions have a renaissance, because that would be great, but if you want National Parks and scenery, I too would vote for the Western part of the U.S. I also agree that an autumn trip would be best spent in the North East, that's a trip that we'd like to make. Anyway, have fun planning it!! And, welcome!

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