Friday, January 20, 2012

Road Trip Tricks & Tips

Growing up we never really took family road trips.  We drove places, but it would be like overnight to my grandma's house.  We never stopped at the quirky road-side, Biggest-Ball-Of-Yarn type places.  My husband on the other hand, likes to drive around for fun, just driving with no destination.

Now I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea of road trips.  I want to drive all sorts of places & stop at all the odd-ball historic markers, eat at the weird dinners, etc.  So here are just a few things we learned on our South Western travels....


Never, ever leave home without it.
My in-laws got it for me, and we actually used it.We got a flat tire in the middle of nowhere & called to have them fix it. Awesome!  If you know you will be on some crazy 2 lane highways in the country, GET IT!


Get the Roadside America App for your phone!
It's amazing, you can search for all of those neat off-the-beaten-track places.
I think the best places we visited came from this App.

Here are a few misc tips that any well prepared road tripper must know & do:

  • Make a car emergency kit. Include things like a flash light, water, snacks like protein bars, toilet paper, paper towels, Windex, first aid kit, etc.  We used almost all these things during our travels.
  • Stay at Motel 6.  We stayed at a few different motels, but Motel 6 was definitely the best place for the price.  Clean rooms at a good price.
  • Give yourself time.  We felt rushed cause we didn't give ourselves enough time to visit all the places we wanted.  The time spent getting to your destination is as important as the destination.
  • Buy a postcard or magnet.  We get a postcard and magnet from every place that we visit.  It's just a physical reminder of all the places we've been.

These are a few pics that we took on our adventure....

UFO Museum in Roswell New Mexico.
The O.K. Corral in Tombstone Arizona
Antelope Canyon in Page Arizona.
This was one of the most beautiful places. Was so unreal it looked fake.

Grand Canyon.  It was snowy & all the trees looked dead & I like how creepy this picture looks.

Awesome place we visited.  It was called Gold King Mine Ghost Town - in Jerome Arizona.
It was a cool ghost town / junkyard with tons of old cars, machines, barnyard animals, etc.
It probably the most surprisingly spectacular place we visited.
Found using the Roadside America App!!!

1 comment:

  1. A lot of benefits are given to AAA members. It looks like a wise thing to sign up for. The photos are amazing! It would be really fun to check these places out as well. Thank you for sharing your tips and experiences.