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Old 09-04-2012, 02:57 PM   #11
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Re: your top places to visit in the US

What Port are you coming into? My guess would be Charleston. I'm about 1 hour from there so if you need any local info/help let me know. How much time do you plan on spending in the area before leaving?

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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Re: your top places to visit in the US

If you're into off road travel and you can make the areas before they close, like Jack I am skewed to Ca.
My #1 pick is the Shuteye Peak Trail above Fresno. Other paved type drives in the area are also nice including routes through Yosemite and Sonora Pass.
Leavitt Lake might be a good visit close to Tahoe.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:57 AM   #13
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Re: your top places to visit in the US

Keep in mind that, if you are camping, you must camp in an official campground in the most-visited National Parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, etc. (Death Valley is an exception and you can camp there if you are at least 2 miles from the nearest paved road or day-use area. There are some other restrictions listed on the Death Valley NPS website.) State parks have the same "campground" only restrictions for the most part.

However, "dispersed camping" (meaning you can camp just about anywhere) is permitted in most national forests and on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. The problem is knowing where the national forests and BLM lands are located. Some are obvious such as most of the Sierra Nevada mountains are in national forests (there are also Wilderness Areas but those don't have any roads into them anyway). National forests are shown on highway maps but BLM lands tend not to be shown.

If you prefer to boondock when possible, there are a series of guide books on where you can camp called the Frugal Guides:

The couple who wrote these guide books have guides for California, Utah, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico and the guides can be purchased from their website as .pdf "books". We have the ones for California and Arizona and they have a lot of information in them.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:58 PM   #14
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Re: your top places to visit in the US

If I were visiting the US for 9 months starting in NC in the winter, I suggest the following in this order (time permitting):

- Savannah, GA
- Key West, FL
- Florida Everglades
- Port St. Joseph State Park and or Grayton Beach State Park in Florida
- New Orleans
- San Antonio
- Big Bend State/National Park
- Death Valley
- Yosemite
- PCH/Hwy 101 North with many stops
- Olympic National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Many wonders of Utah
- San Juan Mountain Range
- Blue Ridge Mountains heading back East

I live in New Orleans and spend a lot of time in the Florida Pan Handle (Western Florida) and Southern part of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Tellico Plains, TN area). I can give you specific suggestions in these areas if you would like.

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Old 09-06-2012, 07:38 PM   #15
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I'd squeeze in Santa Fe and the Grand Canyon, while you're at it.

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