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Old 11-30-2020, 08:05 AM   #1
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2021 Route Recomendations

So as I plan my next route in 2021 , I am looking for some recommendations from the group. I am looking to start back up around January from San Antonio Tx. Last year / This year we went all over the west coast starting in San Antonio up to Arkansas then cross country all the way to Cali then up the Oregon Coast to Washington then back across to Montana then almost reaching the Dakotas then back down to Texas ( 8500 miles ) . So if some can chime in and give me a few recommendations in spots / places or parks starting from Center line to the east coast region.

I would deeply appreciate it !

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ECVB --

By coincidence, the wife and I during my Thanksgiving break from work discussed a two week trip in the spring / early summer if Covid doesn't continue to mess things up. The two week trip we envisioned was from our home in Katy, TX to Hot Springs, AR to Memphis then Nashville then return via Birmingham / Mobile, AL, then to Biloxi, MS, and New Orleans and then home to Katy (likely way to many stops for a two week trip!!). The Arkansas and Tennessee stops would all be "new" to us.

For an extended adventure such as you are thinking, a suggestion is after Nashville, head north to Louisville then east eventually to Washington, D.C. to tour those sites, then south to Richmond, Williamsburg and Virginian Beach/ VA. Then head south to Charleston and Hilton Head, SC and and on to Savannah, GA. Then on to the beaches of Fort Walton, FL and finally pick some stops along I-10 on the final stretch to your home. This the "bucket list" trip for the wife and me when we retire 2-3 years from now.

I'm sure others will have some great suggestions for an extended trip.
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Go up to Michigan and across the Upper Peninsula and down Wisconsin. Tour along the beautiful lakes. Utilize the Corp of Engineer parks and drive along the Mississippi River from north to south.
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Thanks , I will look at all the recommendations and hope others chime in ..
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Thanks , I will look at all the recommendations and hope others chime in ..
Chiming in - Winter hangs around for a good while in the Northeast - so that would be in the late spring - Look to running along the Gulf Coast - doing a long Loop in Florida as you Zig Zag your way up the East Coast running between the Coast and the Mountains.

Spots we have enjoyed;

All along the Florida Coast to the Keys
Back up to Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach
Across the Carolinas to Lake Toxaway/Biltmore
Back across to the Coast maybe Hilton Head
Back to the Allegany's
Back again to the Coast/Myrtle Beach
Back inland Along the edge of the Allegany's
Back to Say Williamsburg - up to DC and all the National Monuments and Museums

Now that's where I'll leave you to fend for yourself - Traffic - Poor CG's - Toll Roads - Bridges/$$$ - all make this a place you need to really be dedicated to.

I live here and did it all 20 years ago while son played College Sports/then Pro - was thankful he Moved to Colorado where it was Just FUN.

Sorry - having lived here for 50 years - I love the Rocks - even the worn out ones on the East Coast - But I hate to Pay to Drive over a road that is a Wreck - and a Bunch of Bridges and Toll Roads that are just a Political Money Maker. JMHO.

Upstate NY is Beautiful and the problem is to go further North you need to Go thru New York and cross the Hudson River $$$$ add to that the Traffic the People the Roads. JMHO.

Hope this helps with some of your thinking.........

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So as I plan my next route in 2021 , I am looking for some recommendations from the group. I am looking to start back up around January from San Antonio Tx. Last year / This year we went all over the west coast starting in San Antonio up to Arkansas then cross country all the way to Cali then up the Oregon Coast to Washington then back across to Montana then almost reaching the Dakotas then back down to Texas ( 8500 miles ) . So if some can chime in and give me a few recommendations in spots / places or parks starting from Center line to the east coast region.

I would deeply appreciate it !

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If you hit SC look at Charleston, Fort Sumter and stop and see the Hunley at the old Navy Base. Around Savannah go to Tybee Island and see Fort Pulaski. While there in 2019 we went dolphin watching from Tybee Island for Thanksgiving. It was great time.
Also when you come across the Gulf Coast stop in Pensacola or Pensacola Beach area. Go see the Naval Air Museum on the Base. Then in Alabama you can stop in Gulf Shores at the state park. Also on the other side of Mobile Bay is Dauphin Island. Nice campground there called Dauphin Island Campground only a couple of spots for big rigs to fit. While in the area go see the USS Alabama and USS Drum at the Maritime Museum.
Biloxi Miss has several campground we stayed at the Cajun RV Park right across the road from the Gulf. Then we stayed at a little county park outside of Sulphur Springs, La. for $12/night. Nice park it is called Holbrook.
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Bussk.... wrote "Upstate NY is Beautiful and the problem is to go further North you need to Go thru New York and cross the Hudson River $$$$ add to that the Traffic the People the Roads. JMHO."
There are several ways to get into New England states and still avoid traffic & most of the tolls.
I81 N either to Binghamton NY or To I 180/I80 to I99 N to Corning NY. Lots to do in NY Finger Lakes & wine country. Then I86 to I88 NE to Albany and over into VT /NH then Maine
If thats of interest let me know and can outline attractions more.
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Bussk.... wrote "Upstate NY is Beautiful and the problem is to go further North you need to Go thru New York and cross the Hudson River $$$$ add to that the Traffic the People the Roads. JMHO."
There are several ways to get into New England states and still avoid traffic & most of the tolls.
I81 N either to Binghamton NY or To I 180/I80 to I99 N to Corning NY. Lots to do in NY Finger Lakes & wine country. Then I86 to I88 NE to Albany and over into VT /NH then Maine
If thats of interest let me know and can outline attractions more.
Busskipper - Back - All of the Above is True - All along the Great Lakes - the Adirondacks - Lake Placid - The upstate area is as Beautiful as anywhere in the Country, especially if you catch it in the Fall as the Trees turn. And you can get there from DC through Pennsylvania, but the Highways and many of the roads just never seem to be up to Par - but - after driving to Colorado twice this summer there are few roads that are up to Par (Kansas and Missouri and a lot of Kentucky are still really GOOD) Timing is critical as to the when and where in the East, Hot and Humid, will require you to be in northern New England or the Beach.

Lot of History - but not - as just Plain Awesome as the Rockies - but still worth the effort and filled with surprises.

Just be prepared to make reservations, and be prepared to fight with the Traffic - Bounce down the roads - but you will enjoy the History - the Forests - the Landscapes and the Sunrises on the Ocean.

Enjoy your time Here in the East,
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Thanks to all that provided their input ! Alot of good ideas here !
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ECVB --

By coincidence, the wife and I during my Thanksgiving break from work discussed a two week trip in the spring / early summer if Covid doesn't continue to mess things up. The two week trip we envisioned was from our home in Katy, TX to Hot Springs, AR to Memphis then Nashville then return via Birmingham / Mobile, AL, then to Biloxi, MS, and New Orleans and then home to Katy (likely way to many stops for a two week trip!!). The Arkansas and Tennessee stops would all be "new" to us.

For an extended adventure such as you are thinking, a suggestion is after Nashville, head north to Louisville then east eventually to Washington, D.C. to tour those sites, then south to Richmond, Williamsburg and Virginian Beach/ VA. Then head south to Charleston and Hilton Head, SC and and on to Savannah, GA. Then on to the beaches of Fort Walton, FL and finally pick some stops along I-10 on the final stretch to your home. This the "bucket list" trip for the wife and me when we retire 2-3 years from now.

I'm sure others will have some great suggestions for an extended trip.


If you want to shorten this trip a little, from Nashville hit the Natchez Trace to Natchez Ms. from Natchez you can go down to NO and back across I10 or go up to Vicksburg to visit the battlefield and back to Tx via I20.
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