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11-11-2009 02:41 AM

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As many of you already know I am in the military, and I am coming up on a change of station soon. It is looking like I will get moved to Virginia from San Diego. I will make this move Summer 2010. I have made this trip 3 times before, but have usually rushed it and made it in about 3 days… with a newborn that is kind of rough LOL.

My question to the fine folks of Lumberjocks is this.

What are some really cool spots to stop off on this route? I am open to taking either the North or South route. I have quite some time to make the journey, and I want to take my time, driving maybe 400 or so miles a day. I want to take my kids to landmarks, photo-ops etc. Plus, if there are any Lumberjocks along the way that want to put up my family for a night LOL i’ll be more than happy.

My usual path is following 8 East, 10 East, 20 East, 30 East, 40 East then ending up at my families place in North Carolina where I will stay for a few weeks before going on to VA.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 02:53 AM

Sorry interpim, I’m in Myrtle Beach, SC, so you won’t make it that far east, but have fun on your trip. I did that back in 1968 before going to Viet Nam. Drove from Santa Anna Calif. to Pennsylvania. Had a friend fly out from PA and helped me with the drive back. 18 years old, 1957 Jaguar roadster (top down), wide open on Route 66!..............That was a trip I’ll never forget.

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 03:11 AM

Summertime…ouch….both routes will be warm….I’m a critter of the south myself….nothing like the swamps and bayous for me…..but I’ve done several cross countries…and all routes have something to say for them…depends on your poison…..I just try to stay away from the panhandle…and flat country…man can that be mind numbing….but you hit them spaces either route…...

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#3 posted 11-11-2009 03:38 AM

If you have the time go visit Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon North Rim. The South Rims is spectacular. Do NOT miss the sunset. Zion National Park is also very interesting.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 11-11-2009 03:50 AM

I you haven’t been to Grand Canyon, go!! you’ll be awe struck whe yoiu see it the first time.

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#5 posted 11-11-2009 04:40 AM

With family in NC, you may have already seen Biltmore estate. I went to the Charlotte area last spring to visit my son & we took a day to see it. It was amazing, everything from the history to the interior woodwork to the beautiful original furniture. I would love to try to reproduce a piece or two from there. -SST

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#6 posted 11-11-2009 05:12 AM

I think the Grand Canyon will be a stop on our trip… as far as Biltmore goes, I’ve visited that place about a dozen times… that place is beautiful.

-- San Diego, CA

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#7 posted 11-11-2009 05:26 AM

OK… i think I have figured out the route we are going to take…

First from San Diego we are heading to Flagstaff then spending the next day at the Grand Canyon.
from there we are heading to Santa Rosa, NM (halfway between Albequerque and Amarillo)
Then off to Wichita Falls, TX. North of Dallas.
From there we are stopping in Texarkana, TX/AK
Then we are shooting over to Nashville, TN the next day.
Then to North Carolina the last day to visit family.

If anyone lives near these places let me know of any cool “must see” spots.

-- San Diego, CA

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