...We took 95 and 24 across from 191 just south of Blanding. It was a very pretty drive on the back roads and also allowed us to see the southern portion of Canyonlands (Needles Area) and Natural Bridges National Monument...UT-95 definitely has more ups and downs than US-191, I-70 and UT-24. If you have the time, there is a lot to see in the Blanding/Bluff/Mexican Hat area including: The Valley of The Gods, Goosenecks State Park, UT-261 (the Moki Dugway)Scenic Backway, Hovenweep National Monument, Bluff Fort, South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire, Edge of the Cedars State Park, and The Dinosaur Museum.
In the Capitol Reef/Torrey area there are lots of scenic byways and backways to explore including: scenic byways and backways in the Fishlake area, UT-12 Scenic Byway, Scenic Backways off UT-12, Hells Backbone, and the Burr Trail.
In the Moab area we enjoyed Kane Creek Road, Potash Lower Colorado Byway, Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway, Sago Canyon, and Dead Horse Point State Park in addition to the National Parks.
Thanks for the links above!
I think that the OP uses a 5th wheel and PU when touring the U.S.. Reading some of the descriptions of those great scenic byways, I'm not sure the OP's RV setup should/could travel them safely. I'm not even sure our 24 foot Class C should be on some of them. They sure read like great scenic trips, though.I have not been brave enough to pull the trailer on them, but have driven the 2x4 pickup with locking differential over a number of them. You do need to check on the road conditions with the local ranger stations as even the relatively flat road through the Valley of the Gods can get slick if too wet. Lots of places to camp nearby.
Have you toured the Valley of the Gods in Utah?
How about touring the Fishlake Scenic Byway in Fishlake National Forest in Utah.Near the Valley of the Gods are: Goosenecks State Park, UT-261 (the Moki Dugway)Scenic Backway, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Bluff Fort, South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire, Edge of the Cedars State Park, and The Dinosaur Museum if you have not seen them and are interested in visiting the area.
There are several scenic byways and backways in the Fishlake area. There are several others not to far away: Scenic Backways off UT-12, Hells Backbone, and the Burr Trail.
...We have seen all the Major National Parks and have toured most major cities have been to every State more than once and have toured every province of Canada.
We have traveled Interstates I10,I40,I70,I80,and US 2...I would agree with a previous poster that it is time to get off the interstates. US-20, US-30, US-40 and US-50 go coast to coast. US-36, US-54, US-56, US-60, US-64, US-70, and US-160 will take you East/West through parts of the country you will not see from the interstates. Or as mentioned, you could follow one of the National Historic Trails or take some of the Scenic Byways.
Since you have visited the major National Parks, you might consider starting on the National Monuments and Historic Parks.
We use the following websites to check for places of interest along our routes:
National Wildlife Rufuges,
Legends of America,
Native American Ruins,
Breweries in the United States,
Wineries in the United States
Hope you have a Great Summer!!
Check out Escapees as their discounts range from 15% to 50%, plus other benefits. There own parks offer dry camping (no h-u) for just a couple of bucks.Escapees is a good organization, but at $70 for the first year it is harder to recoup your investment. They only have about 19 parks that are owned/controlled by them. They recently raised their rates and opened some of the parks to the general public at a still reasonable rate. I have not encountered one of their 50% discount parks that does not also participate in Passport America and Passport America has a lot more participating parks. The restrictions on the 50% discount are generally the same for both Escapees and Passport America. Almost all of their 15% discount parks are also Good Sam parks so the difference is not all that much. If you decide you are interested in Escapees, check to see if they still give a discount for Good Sam members. You may be able to get a Good Sam membership and the first year of Escapees for less than the $70 for an Escapees membership if you buy the Good Sam membership first.
All of the discount organizations are only worth it if they have participating parks in places where you want to go and the discounts are valid when you will be there.
Welcome to the Forum!! Lots of good information so far. Having had both a Class C and trailers, I have a few comments. First about the child seat. I have not seen dinette seats in motorhomes that have both a lap belt and a shoulder harness, so I am not sure that any seat other than the passenger seat in the cockpit will allow proper attachment of a child seat designed to be held by a lap/shoulder harness type seat belt. I personally don't see it as a big issue, but I do not think Class A motorhomes other than those on a Provost or MCI chassis have any real roll over protection and the rollover protection in a Class C is limited to the cab.
If you choose a motorhome and a toad, you can not backup with the toad attached. While newer parks and campgrounds are tending toward all pull thru sites, there are still lots of places like Forest Service campgrounds that have backin sites. You do not have to unhook the trailer from the tow vehicle to use it if the site is fairly level. We rarely unhook for overnights while traveling between destinations. The water, electric and sewer hookups for all RVs are basically the same. Some of the larger or more expensive motorhomes have automatic leveling so setup may be faster for them.
If I am correct in remembering that your current vehicle has a tow capacity of 5,000#; you will be limited to the smallest of travel trailers unless you upgrade. You might want to check into whether it can be towed behind a motorhome without modification or use of a tow dolly as part of your decision making process.
Good Luck with your search for the right RV for you and your family.
Welcome to the Forum!!
Good advise so far. My added advice is to take your time. Go to big dealerships with lots of inventory or go to shows and look at as many different floorplans as possible. Spend time in the ones that you find most interesting going through the actual motions of cooking, showering, etc. Actually sit on the toilet. Make sure that there is a place for you and/or your spouse to sit comfortably and watch TV if that will be important to you. Try to envision where different items will be stored. Look at the cargo carrying capacity; with two people fulltime, I would want at least 2,000# and 3,000# would be even better.
This article might help you determine what will tow what.
Good luck with your search for the right trailer for you.
Here are some places we enjoyed in the Flagstaff/Sedona area:
Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, the town of Jerome and Schnebly Hill Road.
We are fulltimers, and due to family issues we need to spend the summer in southern NJ. So any thoughts of "things to do" greatly appreciated. BUT, we want to get away from NJ for short (1 week) occasional trips. We have a 40' mh/toad. Where can we take it that is within a day's drive of NJ? Any cg suggestions? thanksWhere in South Jersey and what do you consider a days drive. Myrtle Beach is likely 500 miles plus depending on where you start. If you are near the coast it is an hour or more just to get to I-95 or you can take the Cape May Lewis Ferry which is a 90 minute trip. Assateague Island State Park or Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland/Virginia are nice locations on the Ocean side. There are a number of nice locations on the Chesapeake Bay including Annapolis. Pennsylvania Dutch country around Lancaster has a large number of nice campgrounds. Gettysburg is worth a visit. There are a number of nice campgrounds in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania around the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
We are hoping to stop on our way home and be there for St.Patrick's day. I will check out the places mentioned. Thanks for the suggestions so far!St. Patrick's Day is a big event in Savannah. I would try to make reservations as soon as possible.
Would I have to cross the George Washington Bridge to get there?Not necessarily. If coming from the West or South, Woodstown and the fairgrounds are on US-40 not that far from the Delaware Memorial Bridge (toll West Bound) which is I-295/US-40 between Delaware and New Jersey.
...One additional question about scenic by-ways: Are there ones that you would advise leaving the fifth wheel in the campground, whether due to the route itself, or lack of available space to pull off to enjoy the scenery?? And, the opposite - which ones have you driven that are great for use as ways to get to new places?...In my opinion, just as you mention, there are some in each category. I use the Mountain Directories, Wikipedia descriptions, and Google Earth to get a sense of the grades, switch backs, etc.
We have visited a number of places we found in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. If you are interested in the countries most scenic roads, checkout America's Scenic Byways. You could follow one of the National Historic Trails such as the Lewis and Clark Trail or Santa Fe Trail. Trip Advisor is a good general website and usually is listed in a Bing or Google search for things to do or attractions in a location.
There are many many websites that list places of interest of various types. Some of the ones we use are:
National Wildlife Rufuges,
Legends of America,
Native American Ruins,
Breweries in the United States
Wineries in the United States
We have driven US-50 through the Mid-west. X2 on the Space Museum in Hutchinson. There is also Middle America and Sod House Museum in Kinsley, KS. http://edwardscountymuseum.info/resources/_wsb_628x523_Sign$26farmimplements.jpg
I am surprised that no one has given you a link to this US-50 Website.
We drove MT-200 from Glendive to Great Falls in the fall of 2010. Good two lane road and virtually no traffic. Also few choices of places to stop/stay. The campground in Jordan was closed when we went past. It is a long drive so make sure you have fuel to get to Great Falls.
If you have the time, take a day and drive the toad from Cody on the Chief Joseph, turn East and drive the Beartooth Highway over Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge and then South back to Cody on MT-308, MT-72 and WY-120. It makes a nice day trip with time to stop at the overviews, take a short hike and explore Red Lodge. You will also get a chance to see how you want to proceed when leaving Cody for Gardiner.
Jerome you will find it hard to get a place to park.Not really. When you go through town coming from Cottonwood, watch for the fire station. Instead of continuing on 89A which takes a hard left turn at the fire station, continue up the hill towards the Ghost Town and Gold Mine. There is a large parking lot on the left within easy walking distance of downtown Jerome.