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"Traveling the U.S. by region in an RV" United States of America Things to Do Tip by mmyerspa

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I think RV'ing is a great opportunity to see the great American countryside, so this tip will focus on this goal. Here are some options to take a 2-3 week trip in a specific region.

A summer trip might include starting around San Francisco with an RV rental, checking out Yosemite and maybe some of the coastline south of San Francisco, then going up the Pacific Coast (Oregon/Washington), then east to Montana / Wyoming and Yellowstone. This trip would give you the opportunity to meet some real Americans and also see some great countryside.

In winter or spring, there's the southwest. Start in Los Angeles or Las Vegas. Don't miss Death Valley in California - one of the most amazing national parks (but not hospitable in summer). In Arizona, highlights include Kartchner Caverns State Park (real wet caverns!) and Chiricahua National Park in the southeast part of the state. In central AZ, you'll find the Saguaro National Forest and Kitt Peak observatory (make reservations for night viewing several days ahead of time). Go through Flagstaff on your way to the Grand Canyon, using the book "Roadside Geology of Arizona" for an explanation of the geology in the area. Once done with Grand Canyon, you can go into the great parks of southern Utah (Zion, Pink Sands, Arches, Bryce, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands), then head back through northeast AZ, possibly stopping in Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. There's also lots to see in northern New Mexico, including Taos and Albuquerque.

Another option would be the northeast and east coast. Spend some time at the great American beaches (with fantastic boardwalks) in New Jersey / Maryland / Virginia. In the northeast, there are a lot of unspoiled small towns in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachussetts, and mountains and lakes to explore. There are also some great mountains inland in the West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee area.

Feel free to contact me directly if you'd like more detailed info.

Have a fantastic trip - what a great opportunity!

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  • Written Nov 8, 2008
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