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RE: Best routes across middle of country west of the Mississippi

US-2 has already been mentioned. There a lot to see along I-40. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. East of Flagstaff along I-40 are Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater and Homolovi Ruins State Park. You can stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona. In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood are about an hour South of Flagstaff with 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, Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park in the area. And then there is the Grand Canyon. In the East, I-40 will take you to Memphis, Nashville and along the North edge of the Great Smokey Mountains to the East coast in Wilmington, NC. US-60 runs South of I-40 in Arizona and New Mexico and would take you to some of the more out of the way places like Pie Town, the Very Large Array, Fort Sumner and Palo Duro Canyon. US-64 runs from near Monument Valley in Arizona across Northern New Mexico. It will take you to places like Farmington, Chama, and Taos and continues on to the East coast in North Carolina. US-50 goes coast to coast through the middle of the country. US-54 and US-56 provide alternatives through different parts of the plains states. US-20 is a more Northern coast to coast route and is the one chronicled by John Steinbeck in "Travels with Charley". US-40 and US-30 offer two more possible coast to coast routes. North to South the Great River Road (US-61) follows the Mississippi River and goes through or near many great places to see. In the mountain states, US-89 and US-191 will take you to more National Parks and natural areas than just about any other roads.
trailertraveler 07/01/15 05:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Ideas for going up the East Coast, starting in Delaware.

There is the Submarine Museum and USS Nautilus in Groton, CT. There is the USS Constitution Museum and the Boston National Historic Park in Boston. Also in Massachusetts are the Minute Man Historic Park, Longfellow House, Springfield Armory, and the New Bedford Whaling Historic Park.
trailertraveler 06/29/15 05:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Western trip planning

...Planning trip in Sept. to Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah...Suggestions for ... sightseeing other than National Parks appreciated...You could very likely spend the whole month of September in any one of the states you mention. We have spent the most time in Utah, so will start with that state. We have spent a week exploring just the UT-12 Scenic Byway between Bryce and Capitol Reef. Other scenic byways and backways worth exploring are: Hells Backbone Scenic Backway, Burr Trail, Fishlake Scenic Byway, Kane Creek Road, UT-261 (the Moki Dugway), Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway, Potash Lower Colorado Byway, and the Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway. Many of these are best explored in other than a large RV or towing. Here are links to some of the places we have visited and enjoyed: Goosenecks State Park Hovenweep National Monument Natural Bridges National Monument Bluff Fort South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire Cedar Breaks National Monument Sago Canyon Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Goblin Valley State Park Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Kodachrome Basin State Park Anasazi State Park Dead Horse Point State Park The Valley of The Gods Edge of the Cedars State Park Dinosaur Museum Utah Field House State Park Dinosaur National Monument Monument Valley Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Needles District Newspaper Rock Capitol Reef National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Zion National Park. In Wyoming, you might easily spend a week or more in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The facilities in these parks start to close after Labor Day and the closures continue throughout September. On the East side of Yellowstone, Cody has the Buffalo Bill Center Museum Complex, Old Trail Town, and the Nightly Rodeo. Thermopolis has the Hot Springs State Park, Legend Rock Petroglyph Site and the Dinosaur Museum. Devils Tower National Monument is in the Northeastern part of the state not too far North of I-90. Both sides of Glacier National Park are worth visiting and the Going to the Sun Road is a must whether you drive it yourself, take a tour or use the Park's shuttle buses. The Little Bighorn Battlefield is worth a visit as are Fort Union, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Big Hole Battlefield, Nez Perce Historical Park and Bannack State Park. Hope you have a Great Trip!!!
trailertraveler 06/28/15 06:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Alamogordo - how long and where to stay

...Any recommendations on ...things to do...In addition to the Space Museum, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, White Sands National Monument and Oliver Lee State Park; there is the Valley of Fires, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Smokey Bear Historic Park, and the Town of Lincoln not all that far away. There are also a number of wineries and pistachio farms in the Alamogordo area if you are so inclined.
trailertraveler 06/26/15 03:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park reviews

...Its Sunset Landing in Lincoln City Ore...I looked up the review, it is short. It mentions not finding anyone onsite, lots of long term stays and the transient sites looking unused. Almost sounds like they did't stay there as there is no mention of the condition of the hookups, facilities, size/level of sites or anything else about the park. It was April, I have no idea how much camping goes on in that part of Oregon in March, but in places with grass, it usually grows pretty quick in the Spring. The review was from 2013 and the last review of only 7 by that poster. We encounter lots of campgrounds across the country with no one onsite most of the time. Pick a site, put the money/check in an envelope or wait for someone to come around and collect. We have also stayed at a number of parks with mostly long term or seasonal stays, especially in vacation/weekend areas which from the website this would appear to be. We have never felt unwelcome or had a bad experience. We stopped judging on that criteria years ago after pulling into a small campground of mostly long term residents on a cold, cloudy Halloween Eve. We decided to stay as there was no where else within 100 miles that we could find in any of our many directories and websites. Well, as we were settling in, the campground hostess came up and invited us to their Halloween get together. We had a great time. The kids and grandkids of the residents were in their costumes. There was great food and even better homemade desserts. We have made it a point to stop back whenever we are going through the area.
trailertraveler 06/23/15 03:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Zane Gray CG AZ

We have not stayed at Zane Gray, but have driven by it a number of times. It and the Clear Creek RV Park across the highway are on the far Eastside of Camp Verde. The Walmart, Frys, Safeway and other stores in Cottonwood are about 21 miles West. Sedona is about 38 miles away and Jerome about 30. There are a lot of Forest Service Roads off of AZ-260 East of Zane Gray RV Park.
trailertraveler 06/22/15 12:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NY to PA to Nashville via Morehead, KY

We drove the section of I-79 South of I-70 to I-64 and then I-64 to Saint Louis in both directions last fall. Both were in good shape.
trailertraveler 06/19/15 07:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Early arrival.

We seem to be encountering more and more campgrounds that have a 2-3PM checkout. Since we only travel 200-250 miles per day and like to be off the road by 2-3PM, we are arriving before check-in time more often. The few times that I have been asked to pay extra, I just turn and say I will wait as I walk toward the door. Usually, they will make a statement about checking to see if the site is open. A couple of times the office staff have come out to the RV parked in their staging area and said the site was open and we could go in. I haven't paid extra, but I have had to wait to get to my site which in one case I know was still occupied because I could see the rig pull out from where we were parked.
trailertraveler 06/18/15 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Traffic around Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel?

We have gone over the Bridge/Tunnel many times between 4-6PM. The traffic on the bridge is never that heavy. However, US-60 to First Landing does get rush hour traffic and there is a draw bridge that can back things up. If you are just stopping for the night, Kiptopeke is closer to your route. Getting to US-17 or staying on US-13 once over the bridge is pretty straight forward using the interstates. Sting Rays on US-13 not too far from Kiptopeke has always had decent seafood if you don't want to cook after arrival. From First Landing, you either have to back track to where you got off US-13 or drive through town to get going South again.
trailertraveler 06/18/15 10:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway NM

Thanks. Also will be able to stop at various points of interest along the route? Maybe not all but some/most.I suggest that you take a look at the area on Google Earth. NM-14 is a good two lane road and a scenic drive. There is very limited parking in Madrid. It may be possible to park a large rig on the side of the road if you can find a long enough space between other vehicles. There is a space at the top of the hill on the North end of town that can accommodate a large motorhome or two. I've never driven down any of the side streets in town so no idea what may or may not be available for parking on them. The last time we were in Cerrilos, there wasn't much of anything open.
trailertraveler 06/16/15 11:20am Roads and Routes
RE: KOA Availability Along I-80

...For anyone who has driven that route, are KOA's generally available to book mid day for that night?...You can check site availability for any KOA at the KOA Website. It will show what type of sites are available and which are not and what the cost will be. We rarely make reservations. When travelling, I make a list of 3-4 campgrounds along our planned route for the day and then start calling about noon to check availability when I have an idea of which would be our preferred stop for the night. In my experience, no one resource lists all the campgrounds. I use the following websites to find campgrounds along our route: RV Park Reviews Passport America Allstays RV Parky Woodalls Free Campgrounds Free Campsites U.S. Campgrounds National Forest Campground Guide Ultimate Public Campground Project Corps of Engineers Campgrounds Bob’s Cheap or Free Campgrounds Dean’s List Boondockers Welcome Harvest Host
trailertraveler 06/16/15 05:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Campgrounds in the Four Corners?

Here are some links to places that we have visited and enjoyed. In Utah: Monument Valley/Bluff/Blanding Area: Monument Valley UT-261 the Moki Dugway Goosenecks State Park Hovenweep National Monument Natural Bridges National Monument Bluff Fort South Fork of Mule Canyon and House on Fire The Valley of The Gods Edge of the Cedars State Park Dinosaur Museum Moab area: Kane Creek Road Potash Lower Colorado Byway Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway Sago Canyon Dead Horse Point State Park Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Needles District Newspaper Rock In Northeast New Mexico: Fort Union National Monument Pecos National Historic Site Bandelier National Monument Petroglyph National Monument El Malpais National Monument El Moro National Monument Aztec Ruins National Monument Tent Rocks National Monument Acoma Sky City Pueblo Cultural Center Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano Cumbres & Toltec Railroad Salmon Ruins Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rio Grande River Gorge Kit Carson Home & Museum in Taos Mining Museum Christ in the Desert Monastery Turquoise Trail Museum Hill in Santa Fe Canyon Road Galleries in Santa Fe Ghost Ranch Chaco Cultural Historical Park Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument If the Aspens are turning color in the Santa Fe area, take a drive up Hyde Park Road (NM-475) to the Ski Basin. It is a great drive. Northeast Arizona: Sunset Crater National Monument Wupatki National Monument Walnut Canyon National Monument Homolovi Ruins State Park Petrified Forest National Park Meteor Crater Canyon de Chelly National Monument Standing on the corner in Winslow, AZ,
trailertraveler 06/14/15 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No more debate about inspections in Texas!

There is another aspect to this that I have only seen mentioned once or twice. It seems a considerable number of trailers located in Texas RV parks never move any more but are licensed to avoid having to pay property tax. Now they will have to figure out how to get the trailer inspected to license it or be subject to the property tax applicable to permanently located trailers and mobile homes. This was mentioned in some of the original discussions when the law was passed and is not addressed at all in the RV exception.
trailertraveler 06/13/15 04:55am General RVing Issues
RE: 4 week northeast trip suggestions July 2015

... wine tours...In the Finger Lakes Region there is the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. You can do them from Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park.
trailertraveler 06/11/15 07:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: KOA standard charge now $60?!

Most KOA's are franchises, so there is no standard charge. As stated by several other posters they are often at or near the top of the price point for the area they are in. Comparing any commercial campground/RV park to a state or other public facility is not just a simple matter of price as the amenities are often very different. We like state parks and have stated at quite a few in a number of different states. In my experience, I have encountered many state parks that have few if any full hookup sites. Water spigots may or may not be at every site even when there is electric. Rates have gone up at the public campgrounds also and some states now require a separate vehicle pass in addition to the camping fee which can be a surprise at checkin. Something I consider as part of the cost of an overnight is how far out of the way I have to go to get to the campground. Every 10 miles adds the cost of a gallon of fuel to the cost of the night's stay.
trailertraveler 06/10/15 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boondocking near Flagstaff

Download and check out the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the Coconino National Forest. Take note of the statement at the bottom of the webpage: "The MVUM does not restrict where visitors may camp on National Forest System lands. However, it does restrict where motor vehicles may be used for the purpose of camping. Use of motor vehicles away from designated roads for the sole purpose of camping is permitted on National Forest System lands up to 300 feet from the edge of a designated road where indicated by the MVUM's "dispersed camping" symbol." You can also download the MVUM for the Prescott National Forest. Pay close attention to the rules about how far you can park from the road surface. It can be different for each Forest and even for different areas of the same National Forest.
trailertraveler 06/10/15 06:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Does "free WiFi" ever work?

...This time around we'll be staying at the same two KOAs again, but it will be during the week. I'll be interested to see if we have the same experience on the way home during the week as we did on the way down here during the weekend...If they are not very full, ask for a site close to one of the access points/repeaters. If they are repeaters, there is a speed loss with every retransmission of the signal so being closer to the original source will give a better wifi experience.
trailertraveler 06/09/15 06:41am RV Lifestyle
RE: Municipal Campground/RV Park reservation discrepancy.

...What would you do?...I would have called and cancelled the reservation as soon as I knew I was not going to make it to that park. If you expect a space to be held for you without a deposit, you owe them the courtesy of a call when you realize that you will not be there even it they do not have the means to charge you.
trailertraveler 06/07/15 05:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best way to stay off Interstates. From FL to Rapid City, SD

My biggest concern with taking the Interstates is being blown all over. I drive about 50-60 and don't want to go faster than that. I suppose I'll just have to bear it because my route is already planned out and way faster than the highways. I just don't think it's safe going 10-20 miles under the speed limit either, but I'm still new at this and am not going to do 65 while towing.I drive between 59-62MPH when towing and have never really felt pressured on the interstates or 4 lane highways, because there is always an opportunity to pass. I do travel a lot on U.S Highways and state highways. The speed limits on these roads is often 60, 65, 70 MPH and with only limited opportunities to pass and often limited opportunities to pull over to let traffic pass there have been numerous occassions when over anxious/aggressive drivers have passed under less than ideal/safe conditions. No matter what highways you take, you need to be aware of the other traffic and the conditions around you all of the time.
trailertraveler 06/04/15 07:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Sedona AZ

Here are links to some places that we visited and enjoyed: Flagstaff Area: Sunset Crater National Monument Wupatki National Monument Walnut Canyon National Monument South of Flagstaff in Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde: 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 Gold King Mine Jerome State Historic Park the town of Jerome the town of Sedona Schnebly Hill Road
trailertraveler 06/02/15 06:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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