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RE: Route for California to Texas travel in early April

I'd go on I-10 all the way to say Kerrville, Texas, and then up to Fredricksburg and over to Austin, Texas. You'll be in the Hill Country.
Captain_Happy 04/04/17 07:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Houston to Amarillo

Well, first of all, I would swing a bit west and visit the Texas Hill Country, probably Fredericksburg and/or Kerrville. I would avoid Austin unless you really do want to visit our state capitol, but you could include San Antonio unless you have recently been there. The bluebonnets are expected to be early this year and that would make a visit to the Hill Country especially desirable. We always stay at the KOA out of Fredericksburg. From there you could go on up to San Angelo or over to Abilene. There are many good state parks where you could spend a day or two along the way, such as Brownwood, San Angelo, Abilene; and up nearer to Amarillo: Caprock Canyon and Palo Duro. March should be a great time to visit any of them.
padredw 03/07/17 12:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Denver to San Antonio

through the Texas Hill Country. Be sure to stop in Fredericksburg. Yes, just what I was thinking. You may be very lucky: the bluebonnet season is starting early and should be good at the time of your trip. DON'T MISS IT!
padredw 02/26/17 07:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Denver to San Antonio

Be sure to go to San Antonio through the Texas Hill Country. Be sure to stop in Fredericksburg.
ng2951 02/26/17 05:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route from FL to the GC

Time of year? Spring, summer, fall 2017 will be a poor time to visit Arches due to road work inside the park. Such a trip can take a few days in the interstates at 6-8 hours driving a day. Or a month at a better pace of five hours driving per day. You will see more variety of scenery moving you route north. Though Texas is long and the western half of the state can seem like just miles and miles of miles and miles. Natchez MS Nacadoches, LA Hill Country of central Texas - Fredericksburg, TX Carlsbad Caverns White Sands Grants, NM or Mesa Verde NP Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff is a half day stop We loved Zion, Cedar Breaks, Capitol Reef, Arches/ Moab, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley this past Oct & Nov. Spent five weeks in Utah. Also loved Valley of Fire State Park a bit north of Las Vegas. Frankly with the ages of the kids, I'd recommend the Tennessee / NC mountains, maybe as far west as the Mississippi River if making the trip after school is out. The younger one is going to get tired of moving and sightseeing every day of two. The older one will likely want something like an amusement park or water park a couple times. The older one will likely go into withdrawal since her phone won't get a signal at many of the national parks and monuments in the west, or for hours of driving off the interstates. Get the older kid involved in planning the trip, and even daily navigation. Use the excuse that they will need to know how to do this in a couple years when they get a drivers license. Kids like trips more if they get to pick a stop or three, and do s little research on what there is to do/ see.
PawPaw_n_Gram 02/23/17 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Texas places and campgrounds not to miss

We enjoyed the state capitol, grounds and museum. Also, the bats coming out from under the bridge just south of downtown Austin. All were free! We can't get enough of the hill country!!
navybanker 02/20/17 06:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Texas places and campgrounds not to miss

Where ya at now? If you're still looking for something around Houston check out Brazos Bend State Park. With all due respect to Wichita Falls I wouldn't go there and Oklahoma on my way to NM. Find something in the "hill country" and buzz into San Antonio for the river walk and Austin for whatever. Maybe work your way down the coast and check out N. Padre Island. Then Big Bend and something out west. Balmorhea SP is cool this time of year. Hit Hueco Tanks just before you leave Texas. add: If you're in San Antonio Feb 23-March 6 they probably will be doing something special to commemorate the Battle of the Alamo.
TxGearhead 02/19/17 06:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Texas places and campgrounds not to miss

Inks Lake State Park Fredericksburg and the WWII Museum LBJ Ranch Caddo Lake State Park Hamilton Pool Travis County park near Austin The Texas Hill country - west of I-35 between US-90 and I-20 is beautiful in the spring, which starts in a couple weeks in Texas. Headed west, I strongly encourage a visit to Big Bend National Park. My preferred route west is US 90 from San Antonio to Alpine the north to Carlsbad, New Mexico. Not much farther than I-10 but a much better drive.
PawPaw_n_Gram 02/16/17 03:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice needed-Western US summer trip

Ok everyone I'm back with an update. I think we have a pretty firm route now and about to start making reservations, so I want to run this route past all of you and see if it seems doable, and will miss most of the high passes and difficult trailering. I'm also looking for any suggestions as to things to do and good campgrounds in these places. So here goes... Day 1 Central Florida to Marianna FL spend a full day here to enjoy the caverns and start out slow Day 3 Marianna to Lafayette La overnight only Day 4 Lafayette to Austin visit DW's family, 3 days there Day 8 Austin to Carlsbad NM. This day looks a little long, maybe a stop halfway? Then a full day at the caverns and stick around to see the bats Day 10 Carlsbad to Albuquerque 2 full days here Day 13 Alb to Durango 7 days total in Durango (5 full days) to include the railway, Telluride, and maybe a side trip to Moab with the bike one day Day 19 Durango to Santa Fe One full day here for whatever??? Day 21 Santa Fe to ??? Somewhere about halfway to Dallas area. Amarillo is almost halfway, but maybe a little east of there Day 22 Wherever to Dinosaur Valley SP near Dallas My 10 year old has wanted to be a Paleontologist since he was 4, so a full day here Day 24 Dinosaur Valley to Shreveport, overnight only Day 25 Shreveport to Jackson MS, overnight only Day 26 Jackson to Gulf Shores for two nights, finally back at the beach... Day 28 Gulf Shores to Tallahassee, the DW's alma mater Day 29 Tallahassee back home (actually to Wekiva Falls, where we put the trailer for the month of July every year.) IF we stay on schedule we will be able to spend 2 nights at Wekiva Falls before I have to go back to work on July 4 (yep, that sucks) but if we have some hiccups along the way that gives us a few "make-up" days that we can still get home by the 3rd if something goes wrong. Ok sorry if it was long, but I'm really interested in everyone's opinion. Any special favorite campgrounds on the route? Or things just outside the route that would be worth checking out. FWIW we are definitely outdoors people and plan to do a lot of hiking, biking etc. although most of the "off-road" type biking I will be doing by myself. I would like to get in a total of 4 to 5 half days of riding scattered throughout the trip. Looking back, it seems we may want a stop between Austin and Carlsbad? 500 miles through hill country seems a long day. I may need to pull a day from somewhere else?? And finally, I-40 going west into Albuquerque, is that going to be a problem? Looks like its going over the range, is that correct? Ok, thanks for all the help and let it fly!
Chromedome 01/29/17 04:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice needed-Western US summer trip

Air bags will help you balance the rig side to side and so on but they don't add one ounce to the carrying capacity, indeed they reduce it by whatever they weigh. I would go easy on a tuner and would be concerned about blowing something up on that engine which will be overstressed on any grade. The Texas hill country west of San Antonio will provide a taste of a stress test for you. They are nothing compared to something like Hwy 12 in Utah but they killed the transmission on my Suburban, which was slightly older than your vehicle is now. And you can imagine how easy it is to find a mechanic in Ozona on a weekend. Disasters always happen on weekends, right after the repair places closed. Fortunately the local auto parts place recommended some gunk to pour into the transmission and amazingly that got us home and it kept the transmission running for months afterward. I could never find the stuff again in Florida and I've forgotten the name of it now.
agesilaus 01/26/17 08:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Crossing the USA from Tampa, FL to Western USA and back

Crossing Texas I would suggest I-10 or some of the parallel highways, especially thru the Texas hill country. Prettier country than I-20 and parallel highways. I-10 may get boring in far west Texas. I-20 gets boring as you leave east Texas approaching Dallas, and continues from there to El Paso.
BB_TX 01/02/17 06:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route with the least mountains

I'll try to summarize the 'mountains/grades' that you will encounter. This is basic USA geography. A good map should also show roughly where there are mountains, rivers and such. Maybe it just shows National Forests - those always cover mountains. If you are a LA resident they you should be familiar with the surrounding mountains. You can't get out of the basin without passing through some sort of pass. I10 out past Palm Springs has got to be the lowest pass out. Its all desert, relatively flat to the Colorado River (CA/AZ border). I10 to Phoenix remains flat. I40 climbs to Kingman. Around Flagstaff is the highest part of I40. I17 south to Phoenix has a good drop around Sedona. The Continental Divide lies roughly along the AZ/NM border. That means there some gentle uplands on I10 east of Tucson. I40 remains high till Gallup. The next low point is the Rio Grande valley, running NS across the middle of NM. I40 has something of a climb east of Albuquerque, from this valley to the high plains of eastern NM. I don't think there's much of any climbing on I10 across southern NM and west Texas. I10 west of San Antonio pass through the Texas Hill Country. Everything slopes gradually toward the Mississippi. There are some hills in Arkansas (Ozarks) but I don't think they affect freeway travel. Go to Google maps, turn on Terrain mode, and scan the possible routes. Zoom in as much as you want. It starts showing shade relief. With more zoom you'll see contours. Zoom far enough and you get Streetview, which shows you the guard rails along the highways. In sum, you have two main highpoints - the mountains around LA, and the Continental Divide. And three low river crossings, Colorado, Rio Grande and Mississippi.
paulj 12/03/16 08:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Planning an extended trip, looking for advice.

OK, I'll make an assumption that this really will be an extended trip--at least a month and probably more; and that this trip will be in Spring or Summer. In this post I will simply sketch out one of many, many possibilities. From your starting place you will simply have to cross some of the western US states and some of the most impressive sights of the US. So I will give this as one possibility, just mentioning the major stops: West Glacier (Hungry Horse for example and Mountain Meadows Campground) -- about 675 miles from your start, but you can plan intermediate overnight stops. Yellowstone (West Yellowstone campgrounds abound) about 400 miles Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park, many choices) 550 miles Santa Fe, NM (for example Santa Fe Skies RV Park, a good choice) about 465 miles. In my opinion a must on this route. Fredericksburg, TX and the surrounding Hill Country, especially if your trip is in the Springtime and the bluebonnets are in bloom--about 675 miles and you should probably plan an intermediate overnight. (maybe Carlsbad Caverns that would make it 400 miles to Fredericksburg.) New Orleans at 580 miles. Maybe a stop in the Houston/Galveston area as an intermediate stop. I'm trying to keep this simple. Now along the coast (yes, I'd stick with I-10 until past Pensacola) then to follow the west coast of Florida with a stop around Carabelle Beach --350 miles. Staying on the west coast to Mykka River State Park 360 miles And only 375 miles on to Key West. Let's call this the Highlights of the Rocky Mountains and Dive South to the Coast Route. To do any justice to these great areas of interest would be close to a month, but would make a great RV trip. I'll leave you in Key West! But I have some great ideas for a return up the Atlantic coast and across the Midwest if you are interested. Just a note: I've visited every one of these areas and routes I've mentioned in our fifth-wheel--but NOT on the same trip--many different trips.
padredw 12/01/16 08:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Midway between NY and Los Angeles CA

Any suggestions for a fairly warm location midway between NY and LA during Christmas week? My SIL lives in LA and suggested we meet in "Middle America". I do not want to get caught in winter storms, so prefer to cut across lower US. I am not familiar with anything past Nashville, so some suggestions would be appreciated. Texas would be my choice - we enjoyed San Antonio and the Hill Country in the winter on a few trips - if you need the Gulf just head a little more South there are numerous options on the out Islands just outside Corpus Christi. Just google Camp Grounds Corpus Christi and you should be fine. Just all depends on what works for you. Best of Luck,
Busskipper 11/25/16 10:07am Roads and Routes
RE: New Mexico & Texas trip suggestions please

We just did a Texas road trip and loved it... well except for the humidity in the middle of the summer, even then we loved Texas. We had stops in Williams AZ, rode the train to the Grand Canyon, etc. Went to the Monument Valley and Navaho Nation, loved Distant Drums RV Park/Casino, Montezuma's Castle, etc. We loved Austin and especially the Texas Hill Country. The Riverwalk and Alamo in San Antonio was worth seeing. The Alamo is nothing like we have seen in the movies :). We spent most of our time at Port Aransas and can't wait to go back. In "Port A" we found lots of Great Food, Super People and the sights were memorable. We introduced "Low Boil" Cajun Food to the Grandkids, they now love any meal that is served with hammers and bibs :)JH
micpib1 10/10/16 04:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Mexico & Texas trip suggestions please

We're planning a trip to New Mexico from Toronto. We'll likely leave the end of April 2017. We'll travel to New Mexico through Missouri, Oklahoma & Texas. We're looking for suggestions of "must see" along the way. Most of our time will be spent in Texas and New Mexico. We'll likely travel through Colorado on our way home. Any suggestions of campgrounds and places to visit would be appreciated. April would be an ideal time to visit the Texas Hill Country, and also East Texas. But I have a feeling that "through Oklahoma & Texas" means to a lot of people to take I-40 from Oklahoma City to Amarillo. If that's what your route means, I hope you will consider a change to include East Texas and the Hill Country. Places like Caddo Lake, Tyler State Park, then down to Fredericksburg and Kerrville The only thing is that this is still a long way from New Mexico. Northern New Mexico and Colorado are two of our favorite places, especially Santa Fe and Taos (and the High Road between them). We were just at Santa Fe in September. We always stay at Santa Fe Skies RV Park. This could go on and on, but I'll just stop here.
padredw 10/10/16 01:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Mexico & Texas trip suggestions please

Bob, As a native of Southern New Mexico (and college in Texas three times plus stationed there on-and-off over the years), I'll confess to a bit of bias. That said, there are SO many great places to go and things to see. In New Mexico... in the north: Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Taos, the mountains, several Native American pueblo ruins, etc. Southeast: Carlsbad Caverns is a MUST-SEE! My home town of Las Cruces is an hour away from White Sands National Monument and that's beautiful, too. The Mesilla Valley (Las Cruces, Hatch, etc.) is renowned for its green chilis and Mexican food. The Gila Wilderness Area offers a great outdoor experience and the Gila Cliff Dwellings (ruins of an ancient Native American community). Some of our favorite places in Texas are: San Antonio (The Alamo, the Riverwalk, lots of history) and the Hill Country with the LBJ ranch and Fredericksburg (home to The National Museum of the War in the Pacific). There are too many things in those great states to list here, but this might get you started on some research. Keep us posted on your travels and we might even be able to cross paths! Rob Hi Rob, thanks for the information. I didn't know you were from that area. We're very excited about visiting New Mexico next year. I hear there is lots to see and do. Our 5th wheel went into storage yesterday.:( It got down to just above freezing here last night. Now we're planning for next year. Rob, I'll keep you posted of our plans. It would be great to cross paths. Thanks everyone for the great information. Bob
grampscamper 10/10/16 07:13am Roads and Routes
RE: New Mexico & Texas trip suggestions please

Bob, As a native of Southern New Mexico (and college in Texas three times plus stationed there on-and-off over the years), I'll confess to a bit of bias. That said, there are SO many great places to go and things to see. In New Mexico... in the north: Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Taos, the mountains, several Native American pueblo ruins, etc. Southeast: Carlsbad Caverns is a MUST-SEE! My home town of Las Cruces is an hour away from White Sands National Monument and that's beautiful, too. The Mesilla Valley (Las Cruces, Hatch, etc.) is renowned for its green chilis and Mexican food. The Gila Wilderness Area offers a great outdoor experience and the Gila Cliff Dwellings (ruins of an ancient Native American community). Some of our favorite places in Texas are: San Antonio (The Alamo, the Riverwalk, lots of history) and the Hill Country with the LBJ ranch and Fredericksburg (home to The National Museum of the War in the Pacific). There are too many things in those great states to list here, but this might get you started on some research. Keep us posted on your travels and we might even be able to cross paths! Rob
Second Chance 10/10/16 06:39am Roads and Routes
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