Planning a road trip on a budget isn’t easy but it can be done. This will be my 4th cross country trip, but this one will be by far the longest and furthest away. We’re going approximately 10,275 miles! We have made a few changes though. Instead of 6 weeks, we’re cutting it down to a little more than 4 weeks. 34 days to be exact.
We’re also skipping Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks. We’ve already been to both of these beautiful parks so we want to try out some different parks as well as our first foray into Canada. Who knows, I might be like Harry & Megan and never come back. Don’t see that happening though, I have two 5-year-old grandkids who will be counting down the day until we return. I just love grandkids.
When we leave here we’ll be driving to northern KY and picking up another couple before heading out. We have two days to get to Winnipeg. That’s another thing I’m trying this trip. I’m leaving lots of blank space for spontaneity. I don’t want to be on a strict timeline even though we will have to keep it moving.
From Winnipeg (where we will be staying in a hotel), we’ll stay overnight in a hotel in Medicine Hat before reaching Banff the next day. From Banff and two days of camping, we’ll be ending up in Dawson Creek for an early driving day and comfortable hotel room.
The next morning we’ll have two days to get to our hotel in Beaver Creek which is just before you cross into Alaska and back into the good ole’ U.S. of A. Of course, the other nights we’ll be car-camping. I’m to chicken to set up a tent this far north. There’s bear you all!
Once we cross into Alaska we’ll be traveling to Palmer Alaska where we’ll stay in a hotel. From there we’ll head over to Denali & Homer Alaska (Alaska The Last Frontier fame) camping with a stay in Palmer again on the way out. From there it will be an all-day drive day to White Horse, Yukon Territory. Palmer is pretty close to Anchorage but a price point difference of half with better reviews. From Palmer to Whitehorse is about 12 hours.
Once we leave Whitehorse we’ll be heading to Seattle, Washington (can’t wait to see you Lana!) for a couple of days hooking up with blogging friends. From there I want to return to a place we stayed once and fell in love with. It’s called Umpqua Lighthouse SP in Oregon and it will be our next stay after Seattle where we’ll camp. From there we’ll meander our way to San Fran and that big red bridge that I love so much!
I am so excited because I’ve only been to San Fran once for a very short time and I’ve always wanted to go back and also because I’ll finally meet my sister from another mother Carol there. Once I leave San Fran we’ll be headed just a short drive to Yosemite National Park for two days before heading to Salt Lake City and eventually Denver Colorado via Rocky Mountain National Park.
From here the vacation will be over except that one-stop I will be making in Oklahoma (yes, Ree Drummond I’m looking at you!) and from there we’ll be Spartanburg bound. Even writing about this part in the trip makes me sad. I love the anticipation, the planning, all of it.
So do any of you live along this route? Wanna have coffee? Have you ever planned a giant road trip or are you the road tripping kind of person? I didn’t use to be, but I find that the older I get the less I need. I’d rather have memories and experiences instead of things that I’ll probably just get rid of later down the road.
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