“Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town
It’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost
Anywhere in the U.S.A.” ~Red Hot Chili Peppers
For someone like me, who gets a tad bit woozy when stuck in a car for a long period of time, the idea of a week or two week long road trip doesn’t sound very appealing without large amounts of water and Dramamine. Granted, I don’t let these things get in the way of having fun and taking the occasional road trip with my friends or with my family. If you’re looking for a trip to take with your friends, and you want to stay in the continental United States, a road trip might be an option for you to consider. Just don’t do what the Red Hot Chili Peppers suggest and “get lost anywhere in the U.S.A.”
Now, depending on where you live, there are SEVERAL different options for road trips with your friends or you family. But first, there are some things that you need to keep in mind when planning a trip like this, and yes, the trip does need planning. You can’t just pile into a car without some prior planning. I don’t think that would turn out to be the trip you imagined. The first thing to do is to plan out what you want to see and visit during the road trip. Once you have decided what to do on the trip, you need to research hotels and decide how many nights you are going to stay in each location. I would suggest at least 2 days in the cities that have things you want to see and do. That way you actually have time to do some sightseeing. You also need to make sure you have enough money with you to cover gas, food and any souvenirs you anticipate buying. I would also suggest carrying a little bit more money than you think you’ll need just in case you run into car troubles or anything unexpected along the way.
Now, you might be wondering: Where should I go? Well, part of that depends on where you live or where you would be starting your trip. If you live in Southern California, you can take a trip up the coast to Seattle (and vice versa—a trip from Seattle to SoCal). Along the way you can stop in Northern California and visit Yosemite National Park, Mt. Shasta, and the San Francisco Bay Area. You could also take a trip from coast to coast, going from California to North or South Carolina. If you already live on the east coast, you can take a trip up north to New England, possibly stopping in Washington DC for a few days. Keep in mind, there is no rule saying that you have to travel in a straight line. The destinations on a road trip are completely up to you, and you can go where ever you want. For help planning out a road trip, contact Kick Butt Vacations today.