Road Trip Bucket List

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With gas prices as low as they are, you know I'm hitting the road. Check out my road trip bucket list.

I’ve spent a good amount of time on the road in my life. I’ve moved a lot, and traveled a good bit of the country in between. As the weather starts to warm up, my feet start to get itchy. I start to think about all the places I’ve been, but also about all the places I want to go.

Last September, this tweet happened:

low gas prices

Guys, the other day I saw gas for $1.85. In Pittsburgh.

I’m hitting the road soon. Even if prices go up after Memorial Day, they’re still likely to be better than I’ve seen them since more than ten years ago. It’s go time.

But where, oh, where to go? I have a road trip bucket list going, luckily, as I haven’t been everywhere. Plus there are a couple places I liked so much I want to take my family with me to experience them.

The Road Trip Bucket List

  1. Cooperstown, NY. I went when I was a kid, but my husband is dying to go. We really don’t have any excuses as to why we haven’t yet. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Cooperstown is home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  2. Ithaca, NY. I’ve been several times. In fact, I wrote about my most recent trip here on the blog, including tips on how to stay frugal in this surprisingly marked-up small town. But I have not yet taken my family, and it’s a place I really want them to experience. The hippie vibe and gorgeous gorges, along with tons of stuff for kids, makes me want to go back pretty much everyday.
  3. Pretty much all of the Southwest. It’s one place I’ve never been, and I want to see it all. I want to see artsy towns in New Mexico. I want to see Antelope Canyon. I want to see Wupatki, the Vermilion Cliffs, Monument Valley, and Saguaro National Park. I might as well hit up the Grand Canyon (and maybe do a Grand Canyon helicopter tour) and Four Corners while I’m at it.
  4. Coast to Coast. This one may be a bit ambitious with kids in tow, but I’d love to drive this country sea to shining sea. I’ve done from the Rockies to the Appalachians before, but never coast to cost. I’d like to take my family along with me, because it’s so hard to explain the wonder of watching the landscape change all around you. This country is vast, and watching it morph and blend, even from the window of a car, is an experience I’ll never forget.
  5. Colorado. I’ve actually driven past a large portion of Colorado. It was a few miles outside my window while I was driving on a road that ran parallel to the state border. Everyone I know who has lived there or even visited comes back raving, or just doesn’t come back. I’d like to experience the same thing that enchants them.

Of course, low gas prices don’t mean we won’t spend any money on potential sojourns. You should always take your car in for maintenance at your dealership or mechanic before making a trip as grandiose as thousands of miles. You’ll need to buy food, and spend money (or credit card points—use responsibly!) on accommodation.

We might not hit everything on my list this year, but darn it, we’re going to get at least some of them crossed off.

What’s on your road trip bucket list?


11 thoughts on “Road Trip Bucket List

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  3. Chonce

    I really want to take a road trip this summer. We may not go too far because I’m not sure how my son will do but luckily he sleeps in the car for a super long time. I just want to get out of my area and check out some other states. My fiance has family in Tennessee and I have family in Minnesota so those might be good places to start.

  4. Femme Frugality

    Minnesota is so pretty, and I’ve only ever been to Nashville during a freak I’ve storm, but I had a good time there, too! Hope he sleeps for you…. Little ones do make these things more complicated. 🙂

  5. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

    I’d love to go to New Mexico too. I did a huge sw road trip last year with seeing all five national parks in utah. I highly recommend that. And driving up (or down) the California coast should be something on your list as well! I’d love to do a northeast fall driving tour. Places like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

    1. Femme

      I remember that…looked so awesome! I’ve only ever been to northern Utah. And I’d love to do the Washington coast to SoCal for sure! I’ve done the NE pretty extensively, and it’s totally worth the trip. Especially in the fall!

  6. Hannah

    We just bought gas for $1.47/gallon in South Carolina. My husband and I have decided that our top road trip destinations are: Lake Tahoe, The Grand Canyon, and The Redwoods in Northern California. If he is able to graduate in April/May or June (not this year, but the next), we intend to do 2-3 months of travel out west. Neither of us has ever done National Parks out West, and we would love it.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      That sounds amazing! The sheer size of the protected land out there is amazing (and thank God for it.) I hope that things stay on track for graduation so you guys are able to do that!! My husband’s been delayed by a whole year so far, but hopefully we won’t run into any more bumps. 🙂

  7. Jana @ Jana Says

    We’re road tripping to Boston at the end of the month. We did it to the Outer Banks awhile ago, when the child was just about 3. She’s 9 now. Should be interesting.

    A cross country road trip has been on my travel wish list for as long as I can remember. I say we leave the families at home and you and I go.

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