Hello all, I know there are some hard core RVer's out there and I'm going to attempt to be one. We are moving from Olympia, WA to Savannah, GA. (Military Family) Literally cross country. I have a 26' Jayco Jayflight BH; towing with a 2012 Toyota Tundra 5.7l V8 (tow Package). My routes are as follows:
Going east through Idaho; Montana (yellow stone) South Dakota (mt Rushmore) then South east through Nebraska to Ft. Campbell,KY then on into Savannah.
South East through Oregon, Utah, to Vegas, then to Grand Canyon, New Mexico (Kirtland AFB), Texas, Louisiana (Barksdale, AFB), then I-10 to Jacksonville, FL then into Savannah.
The first route is quicker, but less stuff to do I think?
The second route is an additional 700 miles but more stuff to see, and more Military installations to camp which is way cheap.
Has anyone drove these routes or been to any of these national parks? I'd like to see Yellow Stone, and the Grand Canyon as well!
We need to leave Olympia, WA no later than 16 June and me in Savannah no later than 24 June.
I'm planning on leaving 15 June and traveling 6-8 hours per day.
I think I would go with the first option. Yellowstone and My Rushmore would be great. Throwing in some ideas of things to do along that route would also be Mammoth Cave and the Corvette Museum in KY, Nashville has some neat attractions as well.
Plus, at least for me in means avoiding the desert in the middle of summer.
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Sounds like a great trip. Trying to combine Yellowstone and Grand Canyon in the same cross-country trip with a tight schedule seems like a challenge. One minor route suggestion: when you head east out of Yellowstone, I would avoid US 14A out of Lovell, WY. Otherwise, you can get some good advice from the Roads and Routes forum on this site.
I think, I would stick to option one. I've been to most of the places you mentioned and each is unique and worth seeing. It's already well over 100 degrees in some of the places in option two, I think I would take the cooler route. We will be leaving the Phoenix area soon and we will head north!
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I would stick with option one.
Do a mapquest.You have 3000+ miles of driving with a trailer.With a family and stops,you will do good to avg 55,witch means if you drive 9 hrs a day ,you will have 6 days of driving.I assume this is a PCS.
I am retired military and my son is aNavy CPO ,who has 1 more PCS till he retires.
Anyway,good luck to you and your family
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Can you get more time for Trip? 8 days is mighty tight for that distance.Route #1 is Approx 4,000 miles or 519 per day. Will not leave much time for sightseeing. Add in the unexpected i.e. a storm, mechanical problems, etc and you might be late on arrival. Also, for trip planning you should plan on averaging about 50 MPH since you will be towing.
If you look at another route: Olympia, Salem Or, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Atlanta Ga, Savannah. It is approx 2,995 miles or 369 miles a day. Yes, you will miss a lot of the big attractions, but you would have a better chance of sticking to your arrival schedule.
Yes, you can drive through Yellowstone National Park. However, it is very large, about the size of Rhode Island and the roads are narrow with a lot of traffic jams as people stop to look at animals. To stick to your schedule you will have to do a drive by look at the park.
Which ever way you go, you will see a lot of different country and will never forget the adventure.
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