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Old 10-22-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Honeymoon Offroad/Road Trip Ideas

Alright guys, I have a project I want everybody to help me out with. I recently got married and my new wife and I are planning moving from Buffalo, NY to Charleston, SC on February 1st. For our honeymoon we're planning a 10 day, jeep oriented road-trip that will that will end in Charleston. I want to know if anybody has done anything like this, if you have any tips, travel directions, etc. Our rules are to avoid as many cities and highways as possible, use a lot of back roads (preferably dirt), stay only in no-tell motels or camp, find fellow jeepers to wheel with, and to see as many roadside oddities possible. I've done a ton of work to my rig recently so it should be mechanically stable but any advice as far as what else to do or bring along is totally welcome. So far our trip looks like this:
New York to Ohio then Kentucky, Tennesse, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and finally South Carolina. My only confirmed destination stop is the Makers Mark distillery. Other than that we plan on going as far as we can on a tank of gas and having a look around where ever we wind up. Thanks guys to everybody who helps out!

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that sounds pretty sweet. good find on the wife that is down for that.

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It's her jeep!
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Look for the Louisville Jeep Owners Club on Facebook. It's a very active group. I am new to the whole thing but I bet some folks in the LJOC would have some ideas, especially since you will be right in our backyard when you go to Makers Mark.
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Look for the Louisville Jeep Owners Club on Facebook. It's a very active group. I am new to the whole thing but I bet some folks in the LJOC would have some ideas, especially since you will be right in our backyard when you go to Makers Mark.
That is a really great idea! That'd be fun to stop in while there was an event going on. Thanks! Is there anything else I should do while I'm in Kentucky?
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I would Hit up, Raush Creek Offroad park in PA . Probably one of my favorite places to wheel outside of Moab
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I would Hit up, Raush Creek Offroad park in PA . Probably one of my favorite places to wheel outside of Moab
I've never heard of the place but I'll look it up. So you're saying I shouldn't go straight to Ohio, I should hit up PA first? What makes it so awesome?
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I've never heard of the place but I'll look it up. So you're saying I shouldn't go straight to Ohio, I should hit up PA first? What makes it so awesome?

They are a big offroad park with all kinds of trails to challenge everything from stock to buggies and everything inbetween. They have mud , rocks, hills , Rocky hills , muddy hills . They hole king of hammers qualifier events there it's the proving ground for pitbull tires. Check out their site rauschcreekoffroadpark.com
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Also check out Dirty Turtle Offroad park . The locals seem to go there a lot. Like I said, I am brand new to this stuff (got my first Wrangler 2 weeks ago) so I have not been there yet. The park offers camping as well. It is most likely on your way from Ohio to Louisville (if you're coming down I-71). Just a thought.

BTW I lived in Charleston for 3 years (79-81) and loved it.
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I lived there for just under three years and when I moved back to NY for school I don't think my heart ever left charleston. I go to visit a lot and my wife loves it so she is the one pushing to move back lol.
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We are going to put a hitch on with one of those cargo carriers that stick out the back. Any suggestions on these?
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This is disappointing, I thought more people would jump on this topic
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Might be the title. Maybe something like "road trip ideas" or something on that idea might see some traffic.

Sounds like fun though.

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If you get lost and end up in Kansas... Lol.......Sounds like you have the perfect wife!! Good luck with your adventure!!
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Might be the title. Maybe something like "road trip ideas" or something on that idea might see some traffic. Sounds like fun though. Bob
I should change it and repost
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Are you just passing Arkansas or willing to go a bit further west ? If so.. Go wheel in Hot Spring, plenty of fun and it's really close to the city where you can enjoy the bathhouse.
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If you're definitely going to Makers Mark, look up Buffalo Trace which is very close by. (1) Their Bourbon is WAY better IMO and (2) Their tour blew the socks off of any of the Bourbon tours I took while down there. Pick up a bottle of their Bourbon Cream for your Coffee- GOOD LORD THAT"S GOOD!

Since you're in the area, their Tour is Fantastic.

Buy a couple of these for your trip- amazing what "unimproved roads" you can find with the right atlas-

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And seriously consider a detour through WV. Some beautiful country and some of their "county roads" are really jeep trails!
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You are choosing an odd route unless the trip to the distillery is very important to you. You would be able to get so much more stuff in if you went in a more direct line....NY to PA to WV or Maryland to Virginia to NC to SC.

With only ten days, you won't have much spare time especially if you are taking dirt/back roads. For example, the Rausch Creek idea is a great one, but you'll want to spend the day there not just a quick stop.

Either way, it's your vacation so have a good time doing whatever you like. Congrats on your wedding and move.
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I'm in Charleston. I would imagine there are so many things you can see between NY and here but I only some for sure. Civil war battlefields like Petersburg in Virginia (History & Culture - Petersburg National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)), Drive the jeep along The Tail Of The Dragon at the NC/TN state line Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap. (popular with motorcycles but cars use it as well), Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, Elijah_Mountain_Gem_Mine. I would think there will probably still be snow in the mountains in NC so should provide for some nice scenery.
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The only reason that we aren't taking the more direct route is because we've commuted between NY and SC so many times the path has become kind of stale. We want to hit some states we've never been to.
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If you're definitely going to Makers Mark, look up Buffalo Trace which is very close by. (1) Their Bourbon is WAY better IMO and (2) Their tour blew the socks off of any of the Bourbon tours I took while down there. Pick up a bottle of their Bourbon Cream for your Coffee- GOOD LORD THAT"S GOOD!

Since you're in the area, their Tour is Fantastic.

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And seriously consider a detour through WV. Some beautiful country and some of their "county roads" are really jeep trails!
Buffalo Trace is my 2nd favorite Bourbon, and that is only because Makers is what introduced me to the spirit so it has a lot of attached memories. If I could I'd hit both. On a side note, where I'm heading has a vodka distillery situated near a tea plantation. Their signature libation is southern sweet tea vodka. They also make a sweet tea bourbon and it uses Buffalo Trace. If you love Trace you'd love this stuff but sadly it is only available inside of SC (as far as I know).
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You are choosing an odd route unless the trip to the distillery is very important to you. You would be able to get so much more stuff in if you went in a more direct line....NY to PA to WV or Maryland to Virginia to NC to SC.

With only ten days, you won't have much spare time especially if you are taking dirt/back roads. For example, the Rausch Creek idea is a great one, but you'll want to spend the day there not just a quick stop.

Either way, it's your vacation so have a good time doing whatever you like. Congrats on your wedding and move.
The distillery trip is pretty important but real reason that we aren't taking the more direct route is because we've commuted between NY and SC so many times the path has become kind of stale. We want to hit some states we've never been to. 10 days is the minimum, we probably could do up to 20 if we needed to. We're just planning 10. Thanks for the congrats!
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The distillery trip is pretty important but real reason that we aren't taking the more direct route is because we've commuted between NY and SC so many times the path has become kind of stale. We want to hit some states we've never been to. 10 days is the minimum, we probably could do up to 20 if we needed to. We're just planning 10. Thanks for the congrats!
Do it in 20.. You can be sure it'll be a swell time.. No schedule no constrains. Off the interstate Alabama is gonna be awesome... I'm so jealous.
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Yeah man, it is going to be incredible. Just me, her, and my bull mastiff. I took the rear seats out so he can have the back to himself! We gave ourselves a 10 day minimum because we might get tired of being on the road. Or... the jeep is 15 years old, we (hopefully not) may run into mechanical issues. Some of you folks on the way may get frantic messages from me begging for assistance! I think it would be great to be able to meet up with folks from the forum along the way!
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If you head to the Midwest you could stop at Badlands in Attica, IN. It's a 800 acre park with just about every type of terrain you'd want. Its also only 2 hours from Chicago or an hour from Indianapolis if you did want to stop in a city for a night.

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