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interceptorMR2
11-09-2008, 04:41 PM
Okay, so the deal is, my friends and I are hoping to put together a sort of year long trip around the US just to get out and see some stuff, put in a little bit of travelling time before we go to college. We plan on beginning this at the beginning of next summer after our senior year, and we are just starting to plan it out right now. Our main idea is, of course, to work like crazy and save up as much money as possible before we go, but keep the trip cheap without taking away from the experience. We plan on buying a relatively cheap travel trailer or a small pickup truck camper, so we know we aren't going to be in for a luxurious time. Our objective (or at least mine) is to get out and see things, not sit in a trailer and play xbox on the road for a year.

So to start things off, does anyone have any tips to keeping things cheap other than the typical conserve energy, buy at grocery stores and rarely go out for food, etc etc methods? Mind you, we are going for roughly a year long trip, so we are going to try to be very frugal. I've worked out the typical ideas for money, such as individual spending money, an emergency account, etc, but if anyone has any good ideas for the trip in any financial way, I'm listening.

Plus, if your area has any interesting places that are worth the while visiting, please feel free to tell me, Im trying to get a good list of places. Try to stay away from the most popular places like niagra falls, NYC, or yellowstone nat. park, I've got most of the popular ones down.

Thanks :D

marvin-martian
11-09-2008, 04:53 PM
when you go to buffalo for niagra, make sure you go to anchor bar (look it up)

like 2 years ago (geeze) 2 friends and i went up there for the sole purpose of getting wings, and we dont regret it at all. oh and since we were going up there (like 11 hours) our parents told us to atleast to to the falls. so we did that too.

interceptorMR2
11-09-2008, 05:14 PM
allright sounds good, I'll write that down. I'm sure the guys won't mind getting some wings!

interceptorMR2
11-10-2008, 04:04 PM
Hey does anybody know of any cool places to visit in the mid-west or the south? (other than going to Oklahoma D-Day :D)
I'm sure there's plenty of cool plantations and such to see in the south, but I don't know much about the mid west other than visiting the great lakes...

marvin-martian
11-10-2008, 04:06 PM
corn

interceptorMR2
11-10-2008, 04:11 PM
LOL, sounds like fun :dodgy:

Paradox313
11-10-2008, 04:30 PM
Check out the North-Western part (Specifically Idaho, Rocky Mountains) Make sure you head into the small towns at night. Beautiful night sky.
Seriously, it's something that everyone needs to do before they die.
Might want to go in the Summer time. Can get pretty sucky during the Winter.

Are you guys going just for sights, or for fun and sights?

DFSniper
11-10-2008, 04:35 PM
if you head to colorado, go to pikes peak. at 14,000ft. the view is beautiful during the summer!

marvin-martian
11-10-2008, 04:36 PM
pikes peak in in colorado?!

DFSniper
11-10-2008, 04:39 PM
yep, colorado springs.

calebh
11-10-2008, 04:46 PM
make sure you stop in new orleans. maybe for mardi gras. or halloween. check out the local jazz scene and some of the local restaurants. even if you can't drink everywhere, you can get in almost everywhere. if you manage to get into club gemini, you'll be my hero (i'm assuming you're white and under 25).

interceptorMR2
11-10-2008, 04:46 PM
Oh cool okay, yeah I'm going basically for sights, you know, get out and see things before college and life really happens. I've been to a bit of colorado and such, but not Pike's Peak yet, I live in central oregon and my family has done quite a bit of travelling, I've been to every state over here in the west, but I haven't really had the chance to explore them a whole lot, but I do hope to eventually make it to the east coast too. In colorado I've been to the Durango/Silverton area, and that was beautiful during the fall, but thats just about it for CO.

Wow I almost forgot about new orleans. Dang, gotta put that down, we'll definetly go for mardi gras.

TheDarkShadow
11-10-2008, 04:50 PM
go through Indiana, it's awsome :dodgy:

interceptorMR2
11-10-2008, 05:09 PM
LOL, I'm sure it is.

Yeah right now we are still tryin to figure out who is going, you know, those typical "I wanna go but I don't want to work" kind of kids. We'll work it out soon, hopefully, and get to planning this thing out. I'm the only one putting together destinations so far.

vikingshadow
11-10-2008, 05:16 PM
Ok, totally off the wall, but you need to hit the "festivals" around the country. You know, the Peach Festival, the Watermelon Festivals, shoot, I don't know - the crawdad festival or whatever. I bet if you put in some keyboard time, you can find any kind of festival in every state of the Union. That's REAL America and not just some touristy, oooo look at us spot.

Oh, and try to hit a lot of baseball fields. Even if you don't like baseball, the nostalgia in a ballpark is just awesome. And when you get older, you'll definitely be glad you did!

interceptorMR2
11-10-2008, 05:22 PM
Yeah we were hoping to go to some ballparks, maybe hit fenway park :D that would be my choice, but who knows. Here in Sisters, OR, we have loads of festivals, not quite like those you listed, you see, we are an arts area, so we have jazz festivals, folk festivals, visual arts festivals, a quilt show, etc. but those you said would be much better suited to my age group.

I'm also hoping to go to an NFL game, I've only been to college football games (preferably to a Dallas Cowboys game, dey gots texas cheerleaders!)

bigred76
11-11-2008, 09:45 AM
Go to San Francisco and check out Haight/Ashbury. ;) Hit me up while you're out this way, mebbe we can hit up a local field or something.

especiialypsycho
11-11-2008, 10:19 AM
Shoot ill meet up with you in the city too, its like 5 minuets away from my house!

Ace24
11-11-2008, 10:46 AM
When you hit the northeast, you HAVE to go to Silver Lake Sand Dunes. It's probably the most amazing thing you'll see in Michigan. It's a good 8 miles of sand/hills/desert like area that separates Lake Michigan from the mainland and there is a lake on the other side. You can ride the dunes too, if you find someone who is willing to take you around like my bro and I did.

Here are some pics to perk your interest:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/IMG_2454copy.jpg
Bro running down the dunes and following pic of him on top of one of the steep ones.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/IMG_2441copy.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/IMG_5301copy.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/IMG_5295copy.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/IMG_5294copy.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/th_MVI_2481.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/?action=view&current=MVI_2481.flv)

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/th_MVI_2489.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y81/TeddyBearFuzz/Michigan/?action=view&current=MVI_2489.flv)

You don't have to pay anything to get in (as far as I remember...) and you can wander around all day. It's really cool.

Also, if you hit up upstate NY, and you want to ball, N'Vasion Paintball is the best indoor field you'll find. Hit me up with a PM if you're interested.

jim762
11-11-2008, 12:57 PM
Go to South Street in Philadelphia for a Philly cheese steak. Find Pat's or Jimmy's for the best ones. Also hit Valley forge while you are there to see the battle sites.

DFSniper
11-11-2008, 01:00 PM
Ok, totally off the wall, but you need to hit the "festivals" around the country. You know, the Peach Festival, the Watermelon Festivals, shoot, I don't know - the crawdad festival or whatever. I bet if you put in some keyboard time, you can find any kind of festival in every state of the Union. That's REAL America and not just some touristy, oooo look at us spot.

Oh, and try to hit a lot of baseball fields. Even if you don't like baseball, the nostalgia in a ballpark is just awesome. And when you get older, you'll definitely be glad you did!

Kentucky Bourbon festival in Bardstown. hit me up if/when you're in the area.

http://www.kybourbonfestival.com/

its usually in early fall though, so that might not be an option, depending on when school starts.

jim762
11-11-2008, 01:03 PM
Don't forget to hit local brewery's too. here is one in PA. Its the oldest in america.
http://www.yuengling.com/index.htm

marvin-martian
11-11-2008, 01:08 PM
i dont think theyre old enough for the breweries...

and to add on to Ace, theres something alot like that in (or right next to) kitty hawk NC, except you cant drive on them.

DFSniper
11-11-2008, 01:10 PM
:rolleyes: who said anything about drinking?

jim762
11-11-2008, 01:17 PM
i dont think theyre old enough for the breweries...

They can just go on the tours..still something interesting to see.
Depending on the time of year, why not hit local amusement parks? Like Busch gardens in Va, Six Flags in Atlanta, ETC. Also you should to go to the boardwalk in Atlantic city.

bigred76
11-11-2008, 01:17 PM
Death Valley, Grand Canyon, couple more for your list.

jim762
11-11-2008, 01:24 PM
Arlington National cemetery.

jim762
11-11-2008, 01:58 PM
A few others I just thought of. if you are into cars, hit the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas. Carrol Shelby has his cars on display (including the first cobra) and they have daily tours of the shop. Also, not sure if you would be into this, but the Naval base in Norfolk Va is the largest military Base in the U.S. They also give daily tours. If you have never seen an aircraft carrier up close, it is an impressive sight.

DFSniper
11-11-2008, 02:00 PM
http://www.corvettemuseum.com/ in bowling green, ky

edit: dont forget the louisville slugger factory too.

interceptorMR2
11-11-2008, 02:27 PM
Cool thanks for the tips guys, I'm not so sure I'll end up bringing my marker when I go though, hopefully I'll find the room and money to go for those extra things like going balling. Only one of my friends in the group actually plays as well, so we'll see. I did make sure to put down alot of the battle places such as gettysburg and such and Arlington Nat. Cemetary. I have been to alot of the stuff like that on the east coast when I went in 8th grade with the People To People Leadership Forum, but I still have alot to put down. I think we'll definetly hit up the dunes and get a tour of the breweries. Thanks for all the ideas guys.

Oh yeah, DEFINETLY going to the corvette museum :D

TheDarkShadow
11-11-2008, 04:27 PM
http://www.corvettemuseum.com/ in bowling green, ky.

I went there, 5 years ago I think, it was pretty awsome