I have two roadtrips planned this summer, one to North Dakota and one to Iowa. Even though you don't think of North Dakota as a vacation spot, I filled 7.5 days with stops, and that's only covering the western half of the state!
When I'm trip-planning, I always google the visitors bureaus for where I'm going, e.g. Bismarck visitors, to find links to local hotels and activities and sometimes even coupons or specials.
A map program like Microsoft Streets and Trips or one of the online map sites helps me lay out distances and driving times.
I love Roadside America, too. On my summer to-see list are the world's largest Holstein cow, buffalo, walleye, and sandhill crane. :-)
Just shorties: a two-day jaunt to Yosemite, and then a blitz down to San Diego for a week. I love the idea of going out of our way and stopping at little strange places, but on the other hand I also love the idea of getting an epidural and driving 90 all the way.
ROFL at Jamie's "epidural and driving 90 all the way" :)
We'll be road-tripping from Seattle to Santa Barbara in August.
I hadn't heard of Roadside America but it looks worth checking out - thanks for the tip.
I have use the trip planner on the Rand McNally website which I found pretty good http://www.randmcnally.com/rmc/road/rtgHome.jsp. But then again, my road trip experience is pretty anemic since 90% of my vacation time is spent visiting family outside the US.
Oh, fun! We could have used the tip about Starbucks Mobile when we were on holidays. We road trip every summer through the USA, usually going about 8000+ kms and through 8 or 9 states. This year we went to:
-Rapid City, SD
-Salt Lake City, UT
It was a lot of fun. I'm still posting about it over at my blog, Notes From the Cookie Jar We like to do a lot of adventure stuff like rock hounding, 4x4ing in the desert, etc. When searching for hotels I especially like to check Trip Advisor.