The very first question we typically get asked when we describe our plans to live full-time in the RV is “Where are you going?” My typical answer: “Everywhere!” Seriously, I hope we manage to take the RV to all the states on the continent.
But we’re not in a rush. Our plan is more along the lines of a 10-year marathon, not a sprint. We’ll move at a somewhat leisurely pace, tackling one region at a time and moving every month or two. Or three, depending on how much we enjoy it and how much there is to see/do. Shawn is still working full-time, and I hope to find some part-time work, so exploring will be relegated to weekends and the occasional evening.
San Antonio is our first stop as we chase the sun during the winter months. From there we will head into Tennessee for another HDT Rally in April. At some point we need to spend a month in Pennington County, South Dakota, to obtain our CPLs.
And of course we want to come back to Michigan a time or two each year to visit with friends and family and hopefully do some of those “touristy” things we’ve never taken the time to do. We’ll head back south as the weather turns colder.
The actual order of events is very fluid and dynamic, giving me a sense of freedom I’ve never had before.
I need recommendations!
Where have you traveled that you absolutely loved? What destinations are on your bucket list, and why? What should we be sure to see/eat/ride/do as we explore this magnificent country? Please, leave a note below with your suggestions.
Any and all input is welcomed; thank you! I’ll send postcards or other goodies from our stops based on your recommendation.
Alamo, river walk. Or where you talking cities other than San Antonio ?
All across the country!
Sedona, AZ is a must see in my book!
I’m really looking forward to spending some winters in the southwest. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park – really liked the high desert. Sedona is on my list, as is Lake Havasu, Albequerque, and Roswell (as Shawn is a Scully & Mulder fan).
When in New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverans is a must see, especially the “Evening Flight of the Bats” from the entrance of the cave,
When you’re in Northern California, do this day trip… Cross the Golden Gate Bridge going north. Get off on Sir Frances Drake Hwy going north, Take it to the end at Tomales Bay. Stop at a Mom&Pop cheese shoppe along the way, get a bottle of wine and a hunk of cheese and a baggette. Pull over to the side of the road spread a blanket out on the new spring grass and have lunch. Do this in late spring. After Tomales bay head straight inland to wine country and treat yourself to a Bed & Breakfast… You know get a litt break from the road… Make sure you see both Sonoma and Napa valleys…
Since you’re heading west, you may want to look into checking out Highway 550 in Colorado. It starts somewhere on the west side of the Rockies just south of I-70 (forgot the name of the town) and does a mile or so of switchbacks up into the mountains and (highest point is about 10,000 ft.) and the fun ends when you end up in Durango, CO. There’s a neat little village about halfway between the switchbacks and Durango named Quaray (pronounced Oo-ray), but not sure of the spelling. In the middle of town is natural springs where you can sit, relax and unwind. This is a summer destination because some of the highway is closed and gated/locked for the winter months. It’s rated one of the most scenic highways in the U.S. Arches National Park in Utah, the Painted Desert in Arizonia and the Indian Cliffdwellings outside of Durango are also nearby things to explore. And, you may want to check out the natural mineral hot springs and hiking in the Jemez Mts. in the NW area of New Mexico — just keep an eye open for the nude bathers as you round the path leading to some of the hot springs.
Sounds AWESOME, Joyce! That might be a trip to take with just the car for a short side trip, as switchbacks aren’t big rig friendly. 😉 (ANd I’ll probably need a Dramamine!) Thanks taking the time to write. I’m glad you’re following along!