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Old 02-07-2011, 09:41 AM   #1
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Driving Cross Country

i am driving Cross country and wanted to know if anyone has any ideas of places i should see. here is a map of what i got so far. Not only places to see but places to camp. PS going over the summer
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:56 AM   #2
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Spend some more time here in the Pacific NW. I'm in Salem Oregon myself. If you want to see some really beautiful land spend time in Oregon we've got it all.... Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Deserts, Ocean. I've been everywhere in the states and nothing compares in my opinion. I've done the cross country thing myself and the only advice I can give is stay away from the big cities.... enjoy the rest.

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Depends on what you are interested in. It would take all summer just to see CA. We paved roads from below sea level in Death Valley, to dirt roads over 10,000 feet in the Sierras. Are you driving your Jeep? Plenty to see in CO, NM, Utah, Nev, AZ, WA, OR, ID, MT, and WY. Have fun
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it looks like at one point youll be driving from california to washington or vice versa. so instead of taking I5 i would drive 101. it runs very close to the coast and starts a little north of L.A. and runs to mid oregon. while in washington id check out seattle and the olympic national forrest
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do canyonlands close to moab for sure, lots of jeep trails
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transamtrail.com has lots of dirt roads
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Colorado = Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park
Wyoming = Grand Tetons National Park
Idaho = Yellowstone National Park
Montana = Glacier National Park
Utah = Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
Arizona = Grand Canyon National Park
Ohio = Cedar Point Amusement Park
Michigan = Henry Ford Museum
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I would try to spend some time (maybe 5 or 6 days) taking Hwy 395 along the eastern Sierras. Towns like Lone Pine, Bishop, Mammoth, Mono Lake, Bridgeport, up to Lake Tahoe. Beautiful scenery, tons of camping, and great trout fishing. Here's a link :Welcome to 395.com
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I would HIGHLY recommend the Durango-Silverton-Ouray area in Colorado...plenty of off-road trails with amazing scenery (both on and off-road).
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x2 on hitting the 101 instead of I5. The northern California and Oregon coasts should be on everyone's bucket list.

Moab is awesome- BUT it looks like you're working really hard to hit that spot. It might almost be worth planning a different dream trip out to colorado and utah someday. Otherwise, you're covering a LOT of territory.
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once you make it into the blue ridge, take the blue ridge highway as far as you can, really good views everywhere, as well as alot of history in these hills. maggie valley, chimney rock, grandfather mtn. are a few places in NC to check out. the NC outer banks is a cool place to explore as well. whatever you do have fun doing it. wish I can do this one day.
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x2 on hitting the 101 instead of I5. The northern California and Oregon coasts should be on everyone's bucket list.

Moab is awesome- BUT it looks like you're working really hard to hit that spot. It might almost be worth planning a different dream trip out to colorado and utah someday. Otherwise, you're covering a LOT of territory.
I recommend 101 as well. If you run 101 stop off in Bandon Oregon. Thats my favorite place around. Some great areas along 101.
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I recommend 101 as well. If you run 101 stop off in Bandon Oregon. Thats my favorite place around. Some great areas along 101.
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I recommend 101 as well. If you run 101 stop off in Bandon Oregon. Thats my favorite place around. Some great areas along 101.
i havent done 101 yet but its on my to do list. that would be a whole summer trip for me.
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Anywhere but an interstate. If you come to San Antonio get a hotel with a garage and enjoy the Riverwalk, Alamo, etc. If you make it to Virginia I recommend the Blue Ridge Parkway as well. George Washington Forest is near the the BRP and has some wheeling areas, too.
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While 101 is interesting, Hwy. 1 is really cool if you dig the coast
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Anywhere but an interstate. If you come to San Antonio get a hotel with a garage and enjoy the Riverwalk, Alamo, etc. If you make it to Virginia I recommend the Blue Ridge Parkway as well. George Washington Forest is near the the BRP and has some wheeling areas, too.
i live like 2 miles from the blue ridge parkway..its kinda lame :[ atleast this end is..other parts of it might be better but you cant wheel anywhere on it
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While 101 is interesting, Hwy. 1 is really cool if you dig the coast
forgot to add that you take 101 until until 1 and then switch. ill make that drive someday
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ya im driving the jeep alot of people are telling me to take my other car but i feel it be alot more fun in the jeep
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I would HIGHLY recommend the Durango-Silverton-Ouray area in Colorado...plenty of off-road trails with amazing scenery (both on and off-road).
where in the those three towns? along where. so i can plot it on the map
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Anywhere but an interstate. If you come to San Antonio get a hotel with a garage and enjoy the Riverwalk, Alamo, etc. If you make it to Virginia I recommend the Blue Ridge Parkway as well. George Washington Forest is near the the BRP and has some wheeling areas, too.
the problem is hotels are very expensive if i do do a hotel it needs to be cheap.

during part of the trip i might sleep in the car/camp but i still need to find places to shower. this trip is going to run me alot of money. i am 22 graduating in may i figured this is the best time to take the trip but because i just graduated from college i cant spend money on a hotel everywhere and have enough to travel. like i said i figured i can save some money by doing some camping and sleeping in the jeep but i still need to figure out where to shower.
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where in the those three towns? along where. so i can plot it on the map
They are in the southwest corner of Colorado:



I chose to do US550 (gorgeous highway) instead, but you have the option of riding the train between Durango and Silverton:





I hear its amazing.
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If you make a Southern track through the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I will put you up for a night. So long as you dont mind camping out on a Shrimp boat.

Right on the Gulf of Mexico.
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Ouray, Durango, Silverton:
Drop dead gorgeous.
The train is popular, but slow and, um, a bit boring for me. But you might love it! What the hell do I know?

Jeep trails: look here for some great photos and details.

I'd recommend Black Bear Pass. Scary, but not that tough.



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I would try to spend some time (maybe 5 or 6 days) taking Hwy 395 along the eastern Sierras. Towns like Lone Pine, Bishop, Mammoth, Mono Lake, Bridgeport, up to Lake Tahoe. Beautiful scenery, tons of camping, and great trout fishing. Here's a link :Welcome to 395.com
+1 I've spent many months on the east side of the sierras!
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Glamis in Southern California is a nice visit depending on time of year. Dumont Dunes/Death Valley is cool. Calico near Barstow is always fun to wheel and explore. Really depends on your route so we have an idea what will be close.
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Don't know about wheelin places, but I have always wanted to get up to Crater Lake. Been by there a few times while driving tractor trailer. Kallamath Falls is nice. Snake River Canyon, not as big as Grand Canyon, but still huge. The only thing left of the Elvis ramp is dirt. Been by Rushmore a hundred times but never drove up to it either. Wanted to though. Been right beside Mount Ranier hundreds of times and never made it to the top of it either.

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