October 16, 2017

The Road to Adventure: Planning Your Road Trip Across America

A road trip across America is a bucket list item for so many of us and it’s no wonder- it’s the ultimate adventure. There's so much to see and do -- so many different landscapes and types of terrain, so many tourists attractions as well as so much to see off the beaten paths, you can really customize the trip and make it your own. Here are some things to bear in mind when you are planning your road trip across the US.

Vehicle and Accommodations
There are a couple of different options when it comes to your vehicle and accommodations. First, you could hire a camper van or RV, and combine the two together. Doing it this way, you have something to drive and somewhere to stay, plus there are many many campsites across the US where you could stop in at overnight, and lots of these will even offer RV hookups where you’re connected to power and water, sometimes even wifi. If you aren't near a campsite when it comes to the evening, you could park up and sleep just about anywhere - providing it’s in a safe and legal place. Alternatively, you could do your road trip by car, staying in travel hostels, motels and hotels along the way.

Which Route Will You Take?
One of the main things to plan on your journey is the route you will take, since this will shape your entire trip. Route 66 is a famous one that many have taken, otherwise you could go coast to coast, or the trip along the ocean highway. America’s landscape is extremely diverse, from snow topped mountains in Colorado to deserts in Texas to beaches in California. Decide on the places and states you’d most like to visit and build your journey from there.

What Attractions Will You Visit?
Once you have decided on the locations you will visit, the next thing you'll need to do work out what you want to do in each place. Some will be easy - attractions like the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial and more are up there on many people’s lists of things to see in America. Don’t overlook some of the less obvious attractions too. You could look for hotels in Amish Country, PA. You could visit the Charleston street market in North Carolina, or the rodeos and ranches in Texas.

What Food Will You Eat?
America is the land of tasty food, so it makes sense that this will be a big part of your trip. If you have fancy or expensive restaurants you want to try, budget for these first. The rest of the time you could take advantage of all you can eat buffets, or even go to grocery stores and stock up on essentials and keep them in a cooler in your vehicle. Cereal bars, dried fruit, canned tuna, nuts and crackers will all sustain you and keep you going until your next proper meal. 

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