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.
I am still using the 2010 version of Microsoft Streets and Trips. You can get data sets for the older versions of Microsoft Streets and trips from the Discovery Owners Forum, the POI Factory, the Ultimate Public Campground Project and the US Campgrounds websites. Microsoft Streets and Trips will import data from text and excel files so even though a data set may say it is for another mapping program, Microsoft Streets and Trips may be able to import the data.
...I am planning on making a long trip to Yellowstone this August. Looking to stay somewhere near the south entrance to the park...As usual there is a lot of differing opinion on where is best to stay in Yellowstone. Of the campgrounds that will accommodate an RV of your size, Grant village is the closest to the South entrance. From the Park Map: Grant Village is less than 22 miles, Bay Bridge about 35 miles, Fishing Bridge over 40 miles, Madison 55 miles and the West Entrance 69 miles.
If you want hookups, Fishing Bridge and West Yellowstone are your choices. Traffic can be slow anywhere in the park, but coming in the entrance gates can be slow as well at peak times.
...We don't want to be in cites, more scenic, hiking exploring etc. Gran Canyon, up thru Utah, Glacier NP, Yellowstone,...
But that may be too much? Is it?...We have been travelling through the western states from the East Coast for the past 10 years. Three months may seem like a long time, but it will go very quickly. We travel 200-250 miles per day, so it often takes us 10 days to get to our first planned destination. However, we always check out the local area every night and one night stops have turned into stays up to a week. We like to concentrate on one or two states each trip. A couple of years it was Utah. Here are some links to places we enjoyed:
Ut-12 Scenic Byway, Scenic Backways off UT-12, Calf Creek Falls, Hells Backbone, Burr Trail, Fishlake Scenic Byway, Kane Creek Road, UT-261 (the Moki Dugway), Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway, Potash Lower Colorado Byway, Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway, Hiking.
Goosenecks State Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Bluff Fort, South Fork of Mule Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Sago Canyon, Campground on Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Lees Ferry, 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, Dinosaur National Monument, Sago Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park.
New Mexico along I-40:
Petroglyph National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument, Acoma Sky City, Pueblo Cultural Center, Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano, Tucumcari, The Blue Hole, Mining Museum, , Turquoise Trail
East of Flagstaff:
Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater
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 the town of Sedona, Schnebly Hill Road
...Not sure if there are enough activities to keep us interested for 10 days. Our second choice for vacation in Pigeon Forge. Opinions please! Any input will help with our decision making!... Here are some links for attractions in the Flagstaff and 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, Cathedral Rock, Verde Canyon Railroad, the town of Jerome, the town of Sedona, and Schnebly Hill Road.