(Closed) Tell me about your road trip

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

After my senior year of college, my best guy friend and I drove from Pennsylvania to San Diego – we had a blast and hit some major Western landmarks like the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, and Los Angelos. Unfortunately, Darling Husband (then SO) went to a different college with a different schedule and couldn’t join us.

Never done one with Darling Husband, but would love to. I’m jealous!

I think you might be thinking of Skyline Drive in Virginia? It is gorgeous and goes through the Shenadoah valley.  Also, Luray Caverns is near to part of it and they are by far the best caves I’ve ever been to.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@redheadem:  To Cali? 5-6 days, but we stopped whenever/wherever we felt like it – sometimes drove through the night, sometimes didn’t.  We had to be there by a certain date or it may have taken us longer.  

The same friend and I drive 6 hours to our alma mater once each fall and it’s technically a 5-6 hour trip, but with him… well, you never know.Smile

 

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love, love, love road trips. All of DH’s and my vacations tend to involve long drives! Excuse me for geeking out about this a little bit, but I have suggestions for you 🙂

Do you want to do a long haul with minimal stops to get somewhere new? Or do you want to do lots of stops along the way?

If you’re heading south from NYC, for example, you could stay on 95 (which is not pretty) but it’ll take you through Philly, D.C., and on to Savannah, etc., and you can take a couple hours detour off to stay a night or two in Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks or something like that. A fun trip might be to leave from NYC, do lunch and maybe a museum in D.C., head on to Virginia Beach for dinner and an overnight, then on to Savannah the next morning and stay there a couple days.

Alternatively, for a scenic drive, you could head for the Skyline Drive like LadyBear suggested, or the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is further south and goes through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It takes about 6 or 7 hours from NJ to the start of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, if I remember right, and then Skyline Drive is quite long. It’s also entirely within the park, so if you’re looking for a city atmosphere it might not be a great choice. But there’s camping or a couple lodges within the park if you wanted to stay there.

My sister and I recently drove from the east coast to San Diego, which was a blast. We took 9 or 10 days, I think, to head out there (one way, she stayed there and I flew home) and went through the Badlands in SD, Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, a bunch of the National Parks in Utah and the Grand Canyon. Definitely worth it, but a long trip. West of NYC there’s not all that much to see until you really start to get west of the Mississippi, so unless you’re interested in a substantial trip I’m not sure you’d want to head that way.

Anyhow, I’ll stop there. I think you’ll have fun, whatever you decide to do!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

my now dh and i went on a 5 week long road trip across north america.  we started in sw ontario and ended up in the yucatan, mx.  it was truly amazing.

for the u.s. portion of the trip, we drove through colorado and the rocky mountains, down through utah to monument valley and then to the grand canyon. 

we loved how the landscape changed from day to day.  it was truly an experience. 

how much time do you have? pm me if you have any questions.

rocky mountains

monument valley

grand canyon (south rim)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh, I’d love to do the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Our honeymoon was sort of half roadtrip across Europe and it was pretty epic.

We’re driving people (automotive engineers) so we’re inclined to plan a weekend just to drive a few hours away for a couple restaurants.  The weekend after we got engaged we went to a race at Mid-Ohio, then ate at Lolita in Cleveland and, um, this breakfast place that was so.good (Lucky’s?), then Cedar Point! 

Damn, it’s almost Holloween, we’re going to miss CP this year.  🙁

Anyway, Charleston is my mom’s favorite city, I’ve always wanted to visit. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The longest roadtrip my SO and I have been on is about 12 hours.  We drive down to the Myrtle Beach area every summer and spend a week there.  We don’t end up wanting to kill each other by the time we arrive, but 12 hours is a long time in the car.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Savannah is great, a must for a stop on a. NJ to FL trip. In FL, St Augustine, Mt. Dora and Winter Park

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@redheadem:  They definitely have water and probably have AC. Here’s the info: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/lodging.htm. I didn’t stay in the lodges but from what I remember they were really nice, and the food was good when we ate at one of them a couple nights. (This was a while ago, but I assume not much has changed.)

I like the Outer Banks better than Virginia Beach, but you really can’t go wrong either way!

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