I’m trying to figure out which route to take on the cross-country trip in August. There are so many sights I’d like to see. On the Southern route, I’d love to swing through the Grand Canyon (which I’ve seen once before) and Monument Valley in Arizona, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, Austin, TX, New Orleans, and take a river tour on the Mississippi (if they allow dogs). I have friends in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. On the Northern Route, I’d love to see Yosemite National Park, visit friends in Southern Oregon, maybe see Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I also have friends in Minnesota, Chicago, and Pittsburgh.
The move is probably going to be temporary, so I’ll be driving there and back (with several months in between). I would love to meet some fellow bloggers along the way if possible. Would you be interested in meeting me and Ruby? I know that DSWidow is in Wisconsin, LB is in Virginia, and Caitlin Kelly is in New York. Where are the rest of you? Not asking for street addresses, just city and/or state. If you’re not in the U.S., I’d still love to know where you are, but I won’t be able to meet you on the road trip. 🙂
Have you ever driven across the U.S.? Would you recommend I see any particular town or sight?
This is a great big country! I can’t wait to see more of it, and meet some of you.
June 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm
Northern BC. Awesome place for a road trip. …
June 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm
Yes, I’ve heard BC is gorgeous. Too far for me this time, but good to know you’re up there!
June 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Grand Cayman, just below Florida in the Caribbean Sea.
June 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Ah, that sounds beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
June 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm
I’m in Madison. I can offer you some fine microbrews, cheese curds (they squeak when you bite them!) and the greatest ice cream you’ll ever enjoy – all in one sitting. We’re about 3 hours from Chicago, so would love a chance to meet if you decide to take the Northern route.
June 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm
Sounds divine. Thank you so much for the offer. I will let you know soon.
June 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm
Oh boy, how I wish I was your friend right now. I have been speaking of taking a trip to CALIFORNIA by car. I’m in DMV area. Have a safe travel, enjoy life.
June 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm
What’s the DMV area? 🙂 Maybe you can join me on the way back to LA.
June 17, 2014 at 8:43 am
Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia
June 17, 2014 at 10:32 am
Sweet! My brother lives there. Great city/area!
June 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm
I vote for the northern route through Pittsburgh! 🙂
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June 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm
Why does that not surprise me? 🙂
June 14, 2014 at 1:42 am
I did a trip east to west and Austin was by far my favourite place. Maybe it was just chance but lots of nice stuff happened. We rented bicycles for one thing and had a very idyllic day cycling about the big central creek and talking to people.
June 14, 2014 at 7:28 am
Ah yes, I’ve heard such great things about Austin. I’d love to check it out. Your visit sounds lovely.
June 15, 2014 at 5:31 am
I live in Central Massachusetts so if you are in my neighborhood you took a wrong turn somewhere. I do suggest a trip this way while you are near though. From what I hear the east coast is much different from the west. Massachusetts is filled with things to do, from hiking in the mountains to sitting by the sea. All within a couple hour drive. While you are living out this way get in touch if you want to explore.
June 16, 2014 at 10:10 am
I will. Thanks Ann!
June 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm
So many fun places to visit! My son and I, years ago, took the northern route out west (Wisconsin, Minn, S. Dakota, Wyoming, Montana … but the southern route would be cool, too!! so excited for this adventure for you! I can’t wait to see what you decide to do and I’d love to meet up sometime, somewhere 🙂
June 16, 2014 at 10:13 am
That sounds like such an amazing trip! I’m sort of leaning towards the Northern route going to the east coast and Southern route coming back (in winter). Still TBD. I am sure that we will meet up one day!
June 21, 2014 at 8:49 am
Eastern shore, Virginia. Near Cape Charles. You will have to go WAY out of your way to find us, but should the winters get bleak and you head south, find us!
June 21, 2014 at 8:55 am
Sounds beautiful. Will do, Jessica.Thanks!
June 21, 2014 at 8:59 am
Hi! I did that drive the other way in Feb-March, out through the SW (including a stop in Roswell NM and the UFO Museum just for kicks) and back through stunning Zion National Park & the Colorado Rockies. The west is gorgeous, with gems along any route–and an interesting sociological experience…I’ve zigzagged America at least seven times over my life, love a road trip across the broad expanse, such different people, culture, landscape. Be careful, though, as a woman alone: I found the heavily-gun-toting, conservative, religious middle of the country to be, at times, a bit scary. Found lots of dog-friendly hotels/motels along the way!
I love in Hoboken NJ, on the banks of the Hudson across from Manhattan. I’m an author/journalist/photographer and would love to sit down over a beer or a meal if you’re in the area! Contact info on my website: http://www.sharonguynup.com
Have a fabulous adventure on your cross-country sojourn! Go, girl: being out int he wide world is always amazing.
June 21, 2014 at 9:18 am
Thanks so much, Sharon! That’s pretty amazing that you’ve done the cross-country trip seven times. From the one time I did it (coming to LA), it was absolutely beautiful and really gave me a sense of what this country is all about. I was totally alone then, but at least time I’ll have my dog. Good to know there’s lots of dog-friendly motels!
Thanks for sharing your site too. You’re such an accomplished writer, wow. I’ll be in NYC regularly, and would LOVE to sit down with you. Looking forward to it!
June 21, 2014 at 9:29 am
When you hit the East Coast, email me on personal email! I look forward to meeting you!
June 21, 2014 at 10:06 am
Will do, and likewise! Thanks again. x