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Going Coast To Coast: The Great American Roadtrip

A roadtrip across America in a motorhome is something many people dream of.  The adventure of a roadtrip offers fun for the entire family. It inspires visions from old westerns, paints pictures seen in books, and brings life to the stories told in film. All of these things can be had without the hassle of packing and unpacking countless times in hotel rooms by taking the states by storm in a motorhome.

Where to Begin

Start your roadtrip on the east coast in Maine on the last weekend of July; that’s when the Maine Lobster Festival is held. From there, travel south on Highway 1 and visit all of the historical points of interest in Bath and Portland. Don’t miss Funtown Splashtown USA in Soco, Maine. It boasts the largest wooden rollercoaster in New England!

New York and Washington D.C.

The “Big Apple” is next and a must when traveling on the east coast. The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial are all unforgettable experiences. A picnic in Central Park will round out the visit along with a 14 minute drive to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Washington D.C. is the next stop on the roadtrip to view the White House and explore the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian has 19 museums, plus the National Zoological Park. After enjoying the nation’s capital, it’s time to enjoy the musical side of things. Nashville, Tennessee, is next on the map. Visit the Parthenon and Opryland USA. Then go west on I-40 to Memphis and visit Graceland, home of the King, Elvis Presley.  I-40 West will be the main road for fun the majority of the trip west after Memphis. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is next up with visits to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Kirkpatrick Science & Air Space Museum, and Frontier City, an amusement park with the Wild West Gun Fighters Stunt Show.  Take a detour from I-40 and head south to visit Roswell, New Mexico. Have pictures taken with aliens after visiting the UFO Museum, then spend an afternoon hiking the caves at Carlsbad Caverns and watch the bats take flight at sunset before heading back to I-40. Arizona is the next stop. Spend the day at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Walk out onto the Skywalk and look down into the canyon, hike to the Watchtower and raft down the river. Be sure to take a camera as there will be postcard-worthy views.

At the End of the Road

I-40 West crosses into Southern California for the final part of the roadtrip. Take time to visit Disneyland and Universal Studios before heading north on Highway 1. The entire California coast is littered with gorgeous beaches. Santa Cruz will dazzle with the boardwalk carnival, whilst San Francisco will entertain with its numerous museums and an awe-inspiring drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. The northern California coast is cooler than the southern part, but it’s just as spectacular and has the large redwoods to complement its beauty. The sea of the east coast started the roadtrip and the ocean of the west coast ended it. Only a small fraction of what this great country has to offer will have been discovered. Each roadtrip reveals a new part of the nation’s history and with each roadtrip a new experience awaits. From coast to coast, there’s nothing more rewarding than a family roadtrip in a motorhome. This article was written by Georgina Clatworthy, a writer and blogger with an interest in travel, food and lifestyle.  She is currently a contributing writer for Arbogast Conversion Vans, based in Ohio.  The company stocks many types of conversion vans, including class B motorhomes, perfect for your roadtrip!

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