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Which Road to Trip?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by eliza, Jan 8, 2024.

  1. eliza

    eliza Creepy Vegas Friend

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    Circumstances have come together and it looks like I'm going to have three weeks in a row off beginning in late June of this year. So, it's time to plan my next adventure. I'm not 100% sold on a road trip - maybe a cruise or a trip to Europe would be nice - but I'm leaning that way.

    Which leaves the question of which route to take. I've done the Great River Road and Route 66 - but there is so much more out there. I'm considering:
    - PCH/Highway 101 from San Diego to Seattle (I've done only the LA to SFO section)
    - US 6 from MA to CA
    - US 30 from MA to CA
    - Circle Great Lakes
    - US 1/A1A - ME to Key West

    They all sound good to me, so I'm turning to the collective wisdom of the boards. What route would you take? And any particular stops along the way you recommend?
     
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  2. Pgabel

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    My next road trip (probably going to be a little while due to life :() is going to be flying into Seattle and taking the PCH south to San Francisco or all the way to San Diego. Then east to some national parks with the last stop vegas. So if that's what you do, I'd love to hear about it.

    Also on a side note, I will add US 30 basically goes through my back yard in ohio, and is nothing to see in here and Indiana unless your big into corn fields lol. I think US 6 would be more interesting, but that's just for ohio so idk. In Ohio, US 6 goes along Lake Erie. Which includes Cleveland. Which has the rock and roll hall of fame and great lakes science center, among alot of other things. Also sandusky which has Cedar Point if you like roller coasters.
     
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  3. Basil

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    As far back as college I've talked about taking US1 from ME to Key West. It passes through many of the major cities on the East coast, so a good trip for history, restaurants, sight seeing, etc. Some congestion at points that you'll want to account for, though. My friends and I talked about taking the summer after senior year to rent an RV and spend a couple of months making the trip, but we a) were high when we said that and forgot that b) we had no $$ to rent an RV, much $$ to not need to get a job....

    But that, the PCH, and route 66 are pretty much my road trip bucket lists, and looks like you've already done 66.
     
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  4. julia

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    First vote would be PCH 101 -- I've done sections of this several times, the WA and OR sections primarily. OR coast is gorgeous -- wind and sand and cold cold beautiful water. The CA sections are great too, but there may be some closed sections (I remember some landslide issues). Still, amazing drive. Redwoods! I love the Crescent City north stretch, for the ocean views and those amazing redwoods.

    Having just done the last section of hwy 1 out to Key West ... it was really cool. Not as dramatic as I was expecting, TBH. I would love to drive the whole highway, from ME south, so would totally follow that TR.

    Have fun with whatever you decide!
     
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    One of my favorite vacation trips was when I was a kid and my folks took my older brother and myself on a month long roadtrip around 3 of the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior). We also spent a couple of days exploring Mackinac Island which was fun. I still have fond memories of that trip.

    A few years later, we did another roadtrip, although not as long, that went along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario when we were touring the N/NW New York area.

    Back in the mid-90s, I also did a solo roadtrip from San Francisco to San Diego which was pretty cool. Lots of nice scenery along the coast. I have a lot of relatives in California, so I made a few stops along the way to visit them. LOL
     
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  6. vegas superfan

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    Not answering the actual question you asked (don't you hate when people do that?) But suggesting you go to Europe.
     
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  7. BlackJackLife

    BlackJackLife Already dreaming of the next trip

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    Of those choices I'd do the ME - Key West trip.... and June is a good time of year, before it get's too hot here in South Florida.

    As a lifelong southern boy, I would suggest also maybe Natchez Trace Parkway (Tennessee/Mississippi) combined with a Smoky Mountain/Blue Ridge Parkway run (Tennessee North Carolina) Stop off at casinos in Tunica while in the area...
     
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    Two points about Hwy 101 …. 1) if you drive S to N, then you’re on the opposite side of the road from the ocean. Crossing traffics to make stops. Driving N to S turns it around.

    2) I wouldn’t start/end in Seattle. Continue up/down 101 from Astoria along the coast to Port Angeles, WA. There, you can visit Hurricane Ridge (high viewpoint on the Olympic Mountains) and take the ferry to Victoria, BC. The coast drive through WA is spectacular.

    GG
     
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  9. TrewBrew

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    I would do PCH or 1/A1A driving the coast seems like better scenery, as I am typing I am leaning towards PCH sunsets over sunrises.

    I miss roadtrips, growing up we would load up the car car and Dad would pick a direction. 5 weeks later we would arrive back home, as kids we hit all 48 mainland states multiple times.
     
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    1/101 out west and A1A are both spectacular. One requires a lot more time, however. Highway 12 -- and adjuncts -- is glorious, too. Vancouver-to-Calgary then up to Banff and Jasper ... most bueno, too. Driving to Alaska ain't like it once was. Glad I've done it. Not sure I'd recommend it.
     
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  11. MikeOPensacola

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    One of my bucket list trips is to rent an RV and tour the plethora of state and national parks in the Rockies. Even if you’re not into camping there are usually decent hotels near most of the noteworthy National Parks.

    Here’s a good link, along with a map of all the US National Parks. THAT would be an awesome trip.

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  12. DegenasaurusRex

    DegenasaurusRex Short arms , hot dice

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    Key West or Great Lakes
     
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    The Lake Superior loop is pretty awesome.

    395 at least up to Reno is worth it too. It's pretty gruesome until you get past Four Corners, but from then on, skirting the eastern flank of the Sierra, is killer.
     
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    Another idea for a vacation (or self-funded working trip) I have been contemplating is to find a city I've thought about living in but never got the chance, or haven't been to in a very long time, and just renting a furnished apartment there for a few weeks.

    In a few years, basically once my son is out of the house, I hope to do a hybrid of that and all of the road trips suggested above. Still working on convincing the Mrs, and need to figure out what to do with the cats.
     
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    Watch out for Burning Man traffic
     
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    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Hmmm. Tough one. OK, I got it. Don't travel during Burning Man. lol
     
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  17. Mr Bulldops

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    I’m not a road trip guy, simply get bored in the car past 4-5 hours. If you end up going the cruise route, Carnival’s Fun Match program provides an excellent match for seven stars players. You could road trip from San Diego to Seattle, then jump on an Alaskan cruise.
     
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  18. Sgt_Shultz

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    Why not a road trip in the Alps
    The route I would do is more for the "driving enthusiast" but I'm sure some continental members might have some good suggestions
    The Spanish and Austrian F1 races are in that time frame and waaaay cheaper then Vegas
     
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  19. TrewBrew

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    You could stop after 4 hours, or less for that matter. Thats the point of a roadtrip anyways isn't it. As I remember them we would head out to see the country not to get from point A to point B
     
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    As has been mentioned by others, I'm of the kids-in-the-car/drive-wherever generation. Not sure how many youthful trips to Minnesota or across a good hunk of Canada we took. We did the East Coast from LA when I was 10 -- NYC, Boston, Maine, Montreal, Toronto. Lots of regional trips. Up to Alaska that one time. Most every summer I put on 3000+ to the PNW.
     
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