Julian and I just completed a wonderful and very spontaneous road trip up North. We started in California, then headed up the coast of Oregon to Washington. Then, we returned through the central part of Oregon and back to the Bay Area. No exact route or plan was made beforehand, we had even booked our car the day before we wanted to pick it up. We had a lot of luck throughout our trip, resulting in an unforgettable journey with a dear friend.
As we were on the road we compiled ‘The Top 10 US Road T(r)ips’ for you guys. If you have any further questions or worries, do not hesitate to shoot me an e-mail!
- Don’t underestimate the distance that you can cover – AMERICA IS HUMANGOUS!
- Get an annual pass for the National Parks a.k.a Interagency Pass. They cost $80, yet it is definitely worth the money if you travel to at least 3 National Parks. You can sometimes also use the pass for day parking in national monuments/forests and sometimes even campsites.
- If you want to sleep in your car or camp:
- Firstly, check the laws of the state that you are traveling to
- You can’t wild camp in National Parks, if they catch you, the fine you!
- You can always sleep on the parking lot at a Walmart or Safeway or pay for a campsite
- Bring friends. It is safer, more entertaining, cheaper and easier if you have some travel buddies along with you.
- Nobody is allowed to drink in the car. There is a law that no open alcoholic containers are allowed to be in the car, except for in the boot.
- We drive on the right here!
- You can only rent a car when you are at least 21 years old. For renting a car there is an extra under aged or young-drivers fee when you are younger than 25 years.
- A good starting point to planning your visit to a national park is to firstly pop by the visitor centre – the staff is very friendly, are most up to date on weather conditions and know the area the best.
- The weather can greatly vary when travelling through different states. Be prepared to face ice-cold winter wonderlands as well as hot deserts.
- You will often have no service. Be prepared to use maps or get a GPS and be aware that you may not be able to contact your loved-ones at all times.