Road trip across the USA... boring?
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Mar 2, 2013 10:43 AM Last Post By: zeldasdad
Jul 13, 2012 2:56 AM
15QUOTE from Stopthebus:
"I'll concur that literally cross country road trips are pretty dull (try driving across southern Illinois without falling asleep at the wheel...). Much better is to pick an interesting area of the country and do a shorter trip."
Hmmm... I'm digging more and more the idea of doing a few regional drives, taking a few internal flights in between: fly in -> rent a car -> drive around for a week -> fly to another area of the country -> rent a car -> drive around for another week, etc.
Seems like a better compromise than a full coast-to-coast drive perhaps?
Jul 13, 2012 8:52 AM
Jul 13, 2012 12:04 PM
17Boring is a state of mind. I've road tripped across the states 3 times in 40 years. Each route different, each route intriguing.Stunning vistas, abundant farm land, mountain passes, deserts, grasslands, oil derricks, forests,beaches, National and State parks, small towns, rest stops, big cities, historic forts, graveyards, etc. The only boring thing from my POV is and will always be is Vegas. If you find a baseball game boring then a road trip across the country isn't going to cut it for you. Why don't you pick a state to visit instead? Utah, California, Maine, New Mexico, Washington, each of these are unique in their own way. BTW if you never watched the sun set or witnessed a funnel cloud over the Great Plains then you haven't lived.
Jul 13, 2012 1:42 PM
Jul 16, 2012 10:58 PM
19"The best way to enjoy a region, for the most part, is the side roads, the two lane rural roads, the coastal roads and mountain roads, not the Interstates, which are great for moving commerce or getting from one city to the next in a easy manner with little resistance and obstacles."
That is definitely good advice. I would stick to a smaller region (3 or 4 states), and explore the places not mentioned in your guidebook.
There is a lot of fun to be had here, but you don't really sound positive about the whole thing.
But in response to "is America a suitable country for a long-haul drive", I would have to say probably not, and you would most likely get a lot more out of your trip if you stuck to one region. If I had to recommend one region, it would be anywhere west of the rockies.
Jul 16, 2012 11:11 PM
Jul 17, 2012 12:40 AM
Aug 14, 2012 3:30 AM
22i wonna do the same trip too if anyone has already did the trip and has the maos or the rutes it will be perfect to provide us with
#trip across usa
Aug 14, 2012 4:12 AM
Mar 2, 2013 6:07 AM
Mar 2, 2013 9:38 AM
I think that driving across Europe would be a bore. There is no accounting for taste.
Maybe you should restrict yourself to the western edge of the U. S. Of the points you name, none, beside Chicago, is more than about 500 miles from the West Coast, that being Grand Canyon. I've always regarded Chicago as a place I have to drive THROUGH (Ugh!) as fast as possible which is not fast. I've driven TO Chicago exactly once in my life. I have no Idea how many times I've had to fly or drive THROUGH it.
"The world's biggest dinosaur-themed fun park" could be King's Island. That's about 30 miles south of my home. You can find the REAL THING near the dozy town of Dinosaur CO. I think most people who visit Dinosaur National Monument actually stay in Vernal UT.
A. Route 66 (US-66) has not existed for 30 some years.
B. The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail. You can't drive it. It also runs mostly north and south, not east and west.
C. The Pacific Highway runs north to south in California.
D. "Great River Road" refers to the trail the 19th century pioneers took west along the Platte River. No one uses it any longer. I-80 is much faster and safer (No Indian attacks, no buffalo stampedes, no rivers in flood, no cholera, etc.)
Are you certain that you have the right guidebooks?
The U. S. is more “suitable” for long-haul driving than any other country. We have a highway system like no other. To me, “Long Haul” is more than a thousand miles. Anything less is a daytrip. Our highways permit my attitude much more than my driving skills.
Depending on the route, you can see things as different and as unique as Everglades National Park, The Florida Keys, Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge parkway, the Mississippi Delta, Reelfoot Lake (if you like to fish), Isle Royale, The roller coasters at Cedar Point, Grand Portage National Monument, the Great Lakes, Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Some parts of the Smokies are no different now than they were when the first settlers landed at Jamestown.
West of the Mississippi, you can find damn near anything you can imagine. Yellowstone National Park is a geologic miracle as well as a place to see profuse wildlife. Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Zion and Yosemite National Parks present mountainscapes that rival anything that artists can conjure up. The deserts have fairy castle areas like Grand Canyon (the BEST way to see Grand Canyon is on a raft trip – the longer the better), Arches, Natural Bridges, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. On the way to these jewels, you can see Badlands, Black Hills, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Devil’s Tower, and Mt. Rushmore. I will agree that there may be an over-abundance of them, but the Great Plains were awesome to me the first time I saw them. Europe has nothing like them.
I don’t want to leave out the Northwest. The Olympic Peninsula, Cascades, Crater Lake are all worth the drive. Then there is Alaska. It offers much of the same variety but in multiples of ten or one hundred.
I've been driving coast to coast in the U. S. for almost 40 years. When I'm not being paid to do it, I do it for fun. To me, an "uneventful" trip is one that goes according to plan. Most of them are "uneventful."
If you are afraid of driving more than one hundred miles between gas stations in places or you think you will be “bored,” you are equally welcome to stay home.
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