Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Color RV trip -- out west or up north?

Hello Jamie!

I am hoping to get your advice on a road trip. We live in Georgia and plan to take 2 weeks off the end of October, early November. We have a diesel motorhome and plan to take our 2 small dogs with us. We can’t decide on which route to go to make the best of our trip. We have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone.

But we also love the fall leaves and like the New England States. We can't decide which is the best in the amount of time we have. We want it all about the journey and not necessarily the destination. (although seeing a national park is amazing). My husband has health issues with walking and may get worse as the years go on so we want to make the most of our journey. We have been of course to Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois (born there) Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina( the usual places close to where we live). We flew to New York and San Francisco one year doing the tourist thing.

Our kids are older now so they wont be traveling with us. Just the dogs. We are in our 40’s and will have to go back to work so 2 weeks is the most we can do. I keep reading online trying to get advice but it’s so difficult…

Can you help??

Thank you!!



Hello Denise --

Many thanks for writing in to Road Trip USA, and for an October trip I think I'd go for the New England option -- you could follow the Appalachian Trail route north, and watch the autumn leaves turn color.

And you wouldn't have to hurry, whereas if you tried to head west to Yellowstone and back in 2 weeks, you have to rush -- the USA is a mighty big country!

Even if you don't make it all the way to New England, the Appalachian area is wonderful for traveling -- lots of lovely small towns, magical forests of Shenandoah National Park, plus all sorts of historic sights.

Hope this helps --

Happy Trails,

Jamie Jensen
Road Trip USA

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