Road Trip!lime -- Thursday, April 01, 2004 -- 07:39:25 PM
What are your best tips for going on a road trip? Must-sees, must-eats, must-dos? How does everyone avoid getting bored in the car?This thread is tagged: travel, roadtrip, road, trip
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The girls and I are driving across the country this summer, from Seattle, through Salt Lake City and Kentucky, to Washington DC, then up to NYC, and back across I-90, through Chicago and Yellowstone.
I'm thinking that I'll throw minimal camping stuff in, and we'll camp when we find a good place, or find hotels otherwise.
Fight, fight and fight some more, of course.
When we were kids we kept count of all the gas stations we passed, organized by state and vacation. We kept them for about ten years across two continents and many countrys. Maybe we were crazy.
We also play a game that is stupid but oddly addicting. You pick a category and in turn everyone has to come up with something in the category that starts with that letter. For example, restaurants...A is for Applebees, B is for Bob Evans. If you can't come up with something you drop out and the letter passes to the next person. We don't make people use X or Q unless they have a word in mind.
Last trip one of the categories was profanity, wow, that was a fun one.
We play another game if it's daylight, it's car bingo, I have these sheets I bought with auto/highway/road stuff on them and whoever gets Bingo shouts it out.
Hey, what a timely thread! My fiance and I are going to be throwing all our stuff in a truck, and going cross country from NY to Vancover with many stops along the way to see where we might wan to live. I will watching this thread with interest.
How are you going to decide where to stop?
The girls and I found this restaurant, that's in Kansas City, that they insist we stop at. You order your food from the phone in your booth, and a little train delivers it to your table.
We're going to try to find more quirky little places to stop at along the way.
Audio Books. Maybe something you all might be interested in like Harry Potter?
When I was 15 my mom, sister and I drove from Boise, ID to Miami. I sat in the back with my walkman, sketch pad and diary. I lamented the whole way about how I was so glad we would be leaving my sister in Miami (we were driving her to college).
We have a few places that we definitely want to stop. Otherwise, we'll just stop when inspiration or road-weariness hits. We're doing a bunch of research ahead of time on campsites and stuff like that. But we're really just free-flowing. We know we want to stop in South Dakota at the Crazy Horse Memorial, and spend some time in the Black Hills. We also have a few invisible friends we'd like to meet. Basically though, we have no time limit. Neither of us will have a job or anything to get back to, and we'll be just free-falling til we find somewhere to be.
Harry Potter books on tape keep my family happy long hours in the car. They can listen to them over and over. They would even rush out of restaurants to get settled back in the car to hear the story again.
Oh, hey, that reminds me of a question I've been meaning to ask. I have heard that some truck stops or rest stops have a sort of national lending library of books and books on tape. Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? I am aware that Cracker Barrel does this, but I was wondering if there are other places throughout the country that do.
Audio books are a lifesaver.
My family always went on big car vacations. From Cleveland, we did Nova Scotia, South Dakota, Montana, and Florida. (I think I'm missing one.) After I stopped going, my parents and youngest sisters did Colorado and the Outer Banks. The vacations were great, but the fighting in the car was terrible.
Now when I have to spend a lengthy amount of time in the car with my family (like when I drove to DC with my mom to apartment hunt) I bring audio books. Unfortunately even Agatha Christie wasn't quite unobjectionable enough, but it was a vast improvement.
I see that Neil Gaiman's American Gods is available on tape - that would be a great road trip listen. (Not for the Limelets though.)
For the undereducated nature/science geek inside of you, just waiting to leap out and say Hi...there's a great series of books called Roadside Geology. It's a series of drives along major routes, one book per state. It's got mile markers and diagrams of all the geological formations along the way.
I found it kind of fun to drive through a landscape and learn to recognize what I saw. I used one on long drives through the southwest, learned to recognize old volcanoes and such.
Lime, I know I'll think of more, but in the DC area, the insect zoo in the Natural History Museum (sponsored by Orkin) and the Great Falls of the Potomac (about 10 miles west of DC) are two of my favorites. Go to the Great Falls on the Virginia side.
Hey Lime, stop in Rochester! We're right off I-90.
Seriously, if you find that you might need to camp in the general area between Syracuse and the PA line, let me know. I can probably point you at some decent camping areas along the Finger Lakes and South of Buffalo.