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:
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?