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48-State Road Trip Itinerary, v. 9

Same map as last time. This itinerary actually goes day-by-day. Yep.

48-State Road Trip
- We 7/15
    - OC to San Simeon (300 mi., 5 1/2 hrs.)
        - Hearst Castle
    - San Simeon to Big Sur (69 mi., 1 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Big Sur
- Th 7/16
    - Big Sur
        - McWay Waterfall Trail (0.6 mi.)
        - Ewoldsen Trail (4.5 mi.)
    - Big Sur to Monterey (29 mi., 3/4 hr.)
        - 17-Mile Drive
        - Carmel
        - Coast Guard Pier
        - Cannery Row
    - Monterey to San Francisco (118 mi., 2 hrs.)
        - Burger Joint, Hamburger & Fries (#16)
    - Sleep: San Francisco
- Fr 7/17
    - San Francisco
        - Cable Car Museum
    - San Francisco to Pt. Reyes (51 mi., 1 1/2 hrs.)
    - Pt. Reyes to Napa (57 mi., 2 hrs.)
        - Bistro Don Giovanni, Grilled Bistro Burger
    - Sleep: Napa
- Sa 7/18
    - Napa to Yosemite National Park (201 mi., 4 hrs.)
        - Sentinel Dome Loop (5.5 mi.)
    - Sleep: Yosemite
        - Kelty Meadow Campground
        - Reserved 4 Nights
        - $77.02
- Su 7/19
    - Yosemite
    - Sleep: Yosemite
- Mo 7/20
    - Yosemite
        - Half Dome (15.7 mi.)
    - Sleep: Yosemite
- Tu 7/21
    - Yosemite
    - Sleep: Yosemite
- We 7/22
    - Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe (197 mi., 4 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: South Lake Tahoe
- Th 7/23
    - Lake Tahoe
        - Glen Alpine Trail (11.7 mi., 2,125' elevation gain)
            - Out and Back to Lake Aloha
            - From South Lake Tahoe, take highway 89 north past Camp
              Richardson. Make a left turn onto Fallen Leaf Lake Road
              and follow it all the way to the back side of the lake.
              There you will eventually see a sign to your left
              indicating Lilly Lake. Take this road and follow it to
              the end where you will find ample parking, pit toilets, a
              trail map and wilderness permits (be sure to fill out one
              of these permits before you head out).
            - www.4x4xplor.com—alohalake.html
              
    - South Lake Tahoe to Lassen Volcanic National Park (221 mi., 4 3/4
      hrs.)
    - Sleep: Lassen
        - Summit Lake South Campground
        - Reserved 3 Nights
        - $48.00
- Fr 7/24
    - Lassen
        - Paddle?
        - Bumpass Hell Trail (3 mi.)
    - Sleep: Lassen
- Sa 7/25
    - Lassen
        - Lassen Peak (5 mi.)
        - Kings Creek Falls Trail (3 mi.)
    - Sleep: Lassen
- Su 7/26
    - Lassen
    - Lassen to Crater Lake National Park (255 mi., 5 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Crater Lake
- Mo 7/27
    - Crater Lake
        - Garfield Peak Trail (3.4 mi.)
        - Annie Creek Canyon (1.7 mi.)
    - Sleep: Crater Lake
- Tu 7/28
    - Crater Lake to Reedsport (201 mi., 5 hrs.)
        - Umpqua Lighthouse
    - Sleep: [Oregon Coast]
- We 7/29
    - Oregon Coast
    - Sleep: [Oregon Coast/Astoria/Portland]
- Th 7/30
    - Portland to Bonneville (Columbia Gorge)
        - From PDX, east on 84, take Exit 41
        - Eagle Creek Trail (12 mi., 1,200' elevation gain)
    - Bonneville to Portland
    - Sleep: Portland
- Fr 7/31
    - Portland to Mt. St. Helens (72 mi., 1 3/4 hrs.)
        - Merrill Lake (Paddle, Fish)
    - Sleep Mt. St. Helens
        - Yale Lake?
- Sa 8/1
    - Mt. St. Helens
        - Harry's Ridge Trail (7.8 mi., 1,000' Elevation Gain)
    - Sleep: Mt. St. Helens
- Su 8/2
    - Mt. St. Helens
    - Sleep: Mt. St. Helens
- Mo 8/3
    - Mt. St. Helens to Mt. Rainier National Park (120 mi., 3 3/4 hrs.)
        - Crystal Peak (7.8 mi., 3,200' elevation gain)
            - Trailhead 4.5 mi. past Crystal Mtn.-side park entrance
    - Sleep: Mt. Rainier
        - Silver Springs? Ohannapacosh?
        - Reservation?
- Tu 8/4
    - Mt. Rainier
    - Sleep: Mt. Rainier
- We 8/5
    - Mt. Rainier to Browns Point (75 mi., 2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Browns Point
- Th 8/6
    - Browns Point to Olympic National Park (121 mi., 2 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Olympic
- Fr 8/7
    - Olympic National Park
        - Hoh River Trail (18 mi.), Rainforest
    - Sleep: Olympic
- Sa 8/8
    - Olympic National Park
    - Sleep: Olympic
- Su 8/9
    - Olympic National Park
        - Ozette Ranger Station to Shi Shi Beach (14 mi. o/w?!) -- Coast
    - Sleep: Olympic
- Mo 8/10
    - Olympic National Park
    - Olympic National Park to Browns Point (179 mi., 3 1/2 hrs.)
- Tu 8/11
    - Browns Point
        - Mariners Game?
    - Sleep: Browns Point
- We 8/12
    - Browns Point to Mt. Baker (130 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Mt. Baker
- Th 8/13
    - Mt. Baker
    - Sleep: Mt. Baker
- Fr 8/14
    - Mt. Baker
    - Sleep: Mt. Baker
- Sa 8/15
    - Mt. Baker
    - Sleep: Mt. Baker
- Su 8/16
    - Mt. Baker to Curlew
        - North Cascades Highway
    - Sleep: Curlew?
- Mo 8/17
    - Curlew to Glacier National Park (380 mi., 8 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Glacier NP
        - Bowman Lake Campground?
            - $15/night
            - FCFS
            - Historic fill-times online
- Tu 8/18
    - Glacier NP
    - Siyeh Pass (10.3 mi.)
        - Shuttle from trail-end to trailhead.
    - Sleep: Glacier NP
- We 8/19
    - Glacier NP
    - Sleep: Glacier NP
- Th 8/20
    - Glacier NP
        - Swiftcurrent Pass (15 mi. o/w)
    - Sleep: Glacier NP
- Fr 8/21
    - Glacier NP to Whitefish, MT (52 mi., 1 1/2 hrs.)
        - Great Northern Railway Depot
    - Whitefish to Yellowstone National Park (477 mi., 8 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Yellowstone
        - Reservation?!
- Sa 8/22
    - Yellowstone to Victor, ID (146 mi., 2 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Victor
- Su 8/23
    - Victor to Sheridan, WY (350 mi., 6 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Sheridan
- Mo 8/24
    - Sheridan
    - Sleep: Sheridan
- Tu 8/25
    - Sheridan to Devil's Tower (165 mi., 2 1/2 hrs.)
    - Devil's Tower to Mt. Rushmore (123 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
    - Mt. Rushmore to Custer State Park (30 mi., 3/4 hr.)
    - Sleep: Custer SP/Bismarck Lake
        - Reservation?
- We 8/26
    - Custer SP
        - Eastern Trailhead (12 mi. o/w)
        - www.sdgfp.info—parks 
    - Custer SP to Wind Cave National Park (29 mi., 1/2 hr.)
    - Sleep: Custer SP/Bismarck Lake
        - Reservation?
- Th 8/27
    - Custer SP to Chadron, NE
    - Chadron to Badlands National Park (127 mi., 3 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Badlands
        - Reservation?
- Fr 8/28
    - Badlands to Minuteman Missile NHS (53 mi., 1 1/2 hrs.)
        - Wall Drug
    - Minuteman Missile NHS to Theodore Roosevelt National Park (309
      mi., 5 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Theodore Roosevelt NP
        - Reservation?
- Sa 8/29
    - Theodore Roosevelt NP
    - Sleep: Theodore Roosevelt NP
- Su 8/30
    - Theodore Roosevelt NP to Voyageurs National Park (579 mi., 9 1/2
      hrs.)
    - Sleep: Voyageurs
        - Reservation?
- Mo 8/31
    - Voyageurs
    - Sleep: Voyageurs
- Tu 9/1
    - Voyageurs
    - Voyageurs National Park to Duluth (146 mi., 3 1/4 hrs.)
        - Bike the Waterfront Trail
    - Sleep: Duluth
- We 9/2
    - Duluth to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (294 mi., 6 1/2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Pictured Rocks
- Th 9/3
    - Pictured Rocks to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (248
      mi., 5 1/2 hrs.)
        - Paddle (from end of river into the lake)
    - Sleeping Bear Dunes to Ann Arbor (264 mi., 5 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Ann Arbor
- Fr 9/4
    - U of Michigan
        - Appointment(s)?
    - Ann Arbor to Dearborn (34 mi., 1/2 hr.)
        - Miller's Bar, Hamburger (#8)
    - Dearborn to Wayne, IL (312 mi., 5 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Wayne
- Sa 9/5
    - Wayne
        - Kane County Cougars vs. Quad Cities River Bandits
            - 6 PM Start
            - Incl. Fireworks
    - Sleep: Wayne
- Su 9/6
    - Wayne
    - Sleep: Wayne
- Mo 9/7 (Labor Day)
    - Wayne
    - Wayne to Bloomington, IN (268 mi., 5 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Bloomington
- Tu 9/8
    - Indiana U.
    - Bloomington to Dayton (168 mi., 3 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Dayton
- We 9/9
    - Dayton
        - United States Air Force Museum
    - Dayton to Akron (197 mi., 3 1/2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Akron
- Th 9/10
    - Akron to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
    - Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Niagara Falls (222 mi., 3 1/2
      hrs.)
    - Niagara Falls to Palmyra, NY (108 mi., 2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Palmyra
- Fr 9/11
    - Palmyra
    - Palmyra to Lake Placid (270 mi., 5 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Lake Placid
- Sa 9/12
    - Lake Placid
        - Cascade Mountain (4.2 mi.)
            - Arrive by 9 AM for a parking spot.
        - The Brothers (10.3 mi.)
    - Lake Placid to Underhill State Park, VT (73 mi., 2 1/2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Underhill SP
        - Reservation?
- Su 9/13
    - Underhill SP
        - Mt. Mansfield Trail (6.8 mi.)
    - Sleep: Underhill SP
- Mo 9/14
    - Underhill SP to Belvidere (21 mi., 3/4 hr.)
        - Devil's Gulch (5.0 mi.)
        - Hunger Mountain (4.4 mi.)
    - Belvidere to Twin Mountain, NH (98 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Sugarloaf Campground
        - Reservation?
- Tu 9/15
    - Sugarloaf
        - Franconia Ridge (9 mi.)
        - Baldface Traverse (9 mi.)
    - Sleep: Sugarloaf
- We 9/16
    - Sugarloaf to Acadia National Park (223 mi., 4 1/2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Acadia
        - Reservation?
- Th 9/17
    - Acadia
        - Mt. Abraham (8 mi.)
    - Sleep: Acadia
- Fr 9/18
    - Acadia
        - Cadillac Mountain (4 mi.)
    - Acadia to Newport, RI (360 mi., 6 1/2 hrs.)
        - Spiced Pear Restaurant, Not Just a Burger (#3)
    - Sleep: Newport
- Sa 9/19
    - Newport to New Haven (104 mi., 2 hrs.)
        - Louis' Lunch, Hamburger Sandwich (#20)
    - New Haven to New York City (80 mi., 1 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: New York
- Su 9/20
    - New York
        - Peter Luger Steakhouse, Luger Burger (#2)
    - Sleep: New York
- Mo 9/21
    - New York
        - J. G. Melon, Hamburger (#14)
    - Sleep: New York
- Tu 9/22
    - New York to Philadelphia (104 mi., 2 hrs.)
        - Rouge, Rouge Burger (#4)
        - Barclay Prime, Kobe Sliders (#5)
    - Sleep: Philadelphia
- We 9/23
    - Philadelphia to Annapolis (126 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
        - Ft. McHenry
        - USNA
    - Annapolis to Quanitco (66 mi., 1 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Quantico
- Th 9/24
    - Quantico
        - United States Marine Corps Museum
    - Quantico to Shenandoah National Park (99 mi., 2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Shenandoah
        - Reservation?
- Fr 9/25
    - Shenandoah
    - Sleep: Shenandoah
- Sa 9/26
    - Shenandoah
    - Sleep: Shenandoah
- Su 9/27
    - Shenandoah to Monongahela National Forest (130 mi., 2 3/4 hrs.)
        - North Fork Mountain Trail (12 mi. o/w)
    - Monongahela NF to Shenandoah (130 mi., 2 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Shenandoah
- Mo 9/28
    - Shenandoah to Charlottesville (31 mi., 3/4 hr.)
        - Monticello
    - Charlottesville to Appomattox (83 mi., 1 1/2 hrs.)
        - Courthouse
    - Appomattox to Richmond (92 mi., 2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Richmond
- Tu 9/29
    - Richmond
    - Richmond to Williamsburg (51 mi., 1 hr.)
    - Williamsburg to Jamestown
    - Jamestown to Cape Hatteras National Seashore  (142 mi., 3 1/4
      hrs.)
    - Sleep: Cape Hatteras
        - Reservation?
- We 9/30
    - Cape Hatteras
        - Wright Brothers National Monument
    - Cape Hatteras NS to Durham (213 mi., 3 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Durham
- Th 10/1
    - Durham
        - Duke University
    - Chapel Hill
        - UNC
    - Sleep: Durham
- Fr 10/2
    - Durham to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (306 mi., 5 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Great Smoky Mountains
- Sa 10/3
    - Great Smoky Mountains
        - Mt. Cammerer (12 mi., 2,500' elevation gain)
            - Starts at Chestnut Branch Trail
    - Sleep: Great Smoky Mountains
- Su 10/4
    - Great Smoky Mountains
    - Knoxville
    - Sleep: Great Smoky Mountains
- Mo 10/5
    - Great Smoky Mountains to Charleston (340 mi., 5.5 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Charleston
- Tu 10/6
    - Charleston
        - Civil War Walking Tour
        - Ft. Sumter
    - Charleston to Hunting Island State Park (85 mi., 2 hrs.)
        - Swimming
    - Sleep: Hunting Island
        - Reservation?
- We 10/7
    - Hunting Island to Savannah (62 mi., 1 1/2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Savannah
- Th 10/8
    - Savannah to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (202 mi., 4 hrs.)
    - Okefenokee NWR to Pensacola (344 mi., 5 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Pensacola
        - Blackwater River State Park? Falling Waters State Park?
- Fr 10/9
    - Pensacola
        - Gulf Islands National Seashore
        - National Museum of Naval Aviation
    - Sleep: Pensacola
- Sa 10/10
    - Pensacola to Mobile (56 mi., 1 hr.)
        - Historic District
        - USS Alabama Memorial Park
    - Mobile to New Orleans (144 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: New Orleans
- Su 10/11
    - New Orleans
    - Sleep: New Orleans
- Mo 10/12
    - New Orleans to Vicksburg (227 mi., 3 1/2 hrs.)
        - Vicksburg National Military Park
    - Vicksburg to Jackson (49 mi., 3/4 hr.)
    - Sleep: Jackson
- Tu 10/13
    - Natchez Trace
    - Sleep: Natchez Trace
- We 10/14
    - Natchez Trace
    - Sleep: Nashville
- Th 10/15
    - Nashville
    - Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park (87 mi., 1 1/2 hrs.)
        - Hike?
    - Sleep: Mammoth Cave
        - Reservation?
- Fr 10/16
    - Mammoth Cave
        - Grand Avenue Tour (10 AM)
            - Reservation?
        - Historic Tour (3 PM)
            - Reservation?
    - Sleep: Mammoth Cave
- Sa 10/17
    - Mammoth Cave
        - Kayak in Green River (bring PFD)
        - Hike?
    - Sleep: Mammoth Cave
- Su 10/18
    - Mammoth Cave to Fredericktown, MO (319 mi., 5 1/2 hrs.)
        - Cathedral Canyon (5 mi.)
    - Sleep: Mark Twain National Forest
        - Silver Mines, Sam A. Baker SP, Williamsville, Johnson's
          Shut-Ins SP?
- Mo 10/19
    - Fredericktown to Joplin via Mountain Grove/Springfield (313 mi.,
      6 hrs.)
        - Kansas
        - Oklahoma
    - Sleep: Joplin
- Tu 10/20
    - Joplin to Petit Jean State Park, AR (225 mi., 4 hrs.)
        - Seven Hollows Trail (4.5 mi.)
    - Petit Jean State Park to Hot Springs National Park (74 mi., 2 1/4
      hrs.)
    - Sleep: Hot Springs NP
- We 10/21
    - Hot Springs NP
        - Bathhouse Row
        - Bath?
    - Hot Springs NP to Denton (327 mi., 5 hrs.)
- Th 10/22
    - Denton to Austin (225 mi., 3 1/2 hrs.)
        - Salt Lick (Driftwood)
        - Bat Bridge
            - "Just before dark..."
    - Sleep: Austin
- Fr 10/23
    - Austin to San Antonio (81 mi., 1 1/4 hrs.)
        - The Alamo
        - River Walk
    - Sleep: San Antonio
- Sa 10/24
    - San Antonio to Fredericksburg (70 mi., 1 1/4 hrs.)
    - Fredericksburg to Ft. Stockton (260 mi., 3 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Ft. Stockton
- Su 10/25
    - Ft. Stockton to Big Bend National Park (147 mi., 3 3/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Big Bend NP
        - Reservation?
- Mo 10/26
    - Chisos Mountain Lost Mine Trail (4 mi.)
    - Bike Ride in Park
        - Rio Grande Village to Panther Jct. -- or part way and back
    - Sleep: Big Bend NP
- Tu 10/27
    - Big Bend NP to Guadalupe Mountains National Park (284 mi., 6 3/4
      hrs.)
    - Sleep: Guadalupe Mtns.
        - Reservation?
- We 10/28
    - Guadalupe Mtns. to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (42 mi., 1 hr.)
        - Left Hand Tour (9 AM)
            - Reservation?
        - Other Cave Tours
    - Carlsbad Caverns to Roswell (103 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Roswell
- Th 10/29
    - Roswell to White Sands National Monument (112 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
    - White Sands to San Antonio (117 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
        - Buckhorn, Buckhorn Burger (#7)
    - San Antonio to Santa Fe (148 mi., 2 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Santa Fe
- Fr 10/30
    - Santa Fe
        - Bobcat Bite, Hamburger (#12)
    - Santa Fe to Chaco Culture National Historic Park (186 mi., 4 1/4
      hrs.)
    - Sleep: Near Chaco Culture
- Sa 10/31 (Halloween)
    - Chaco Culture
    - Chaco Culture to Four Corners
        - Arizona
    - Four Corners to Cortez, CO
    - Sleep: Cortez
- Su 11/1
    - Cortez to Canyonlands National Park (147 mi., 3 1/4 hrs.)
        - Syncline Loop (8.3 mi.)
            - Island in the Sky District -- near Upheaval Dome
            - Hike clockwise.
    - Sleep: Canyonlands
        - Reservation?
- Mo 11/2
    - Canyonlands to Capitol Reef National Park (167 mi., 4 hrs.)
    - Capitol Reef to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (65
      mi., 1 1/2 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Calf Creek Recreation Area
        - Reservation?
- Tu 11/3
    - Grand Staircase-Escalante
        - Calf Creek Falls (5.5 mi.)
            - Trailhead at campground.
    - Sleep: Calf Creek Recreation Area
- We 11/4
    - Grand Staircase-Escalante
    - Grand Staircase-Escalante to Lake Mead National Recreation Area
      (272 mi., 5 1/4 hrs.)
    - Sleep: Valley of Fire State Park
        - Reservation?
- Th 11/5
    - Lake Mead NRA
        - Bowl of Fire (7 mi.)
        - Paddle
    - Sleep: Valley of Fire
- Fr 11/6
    - Lake Mead NRA to San Diego (385 mi., 6 hrs.)

So that, then, would be it. I’m thinking version 10 might go a week longer, which would probably result in a little more relaxation in Wayne maybe, probably a trip to the St. Louis Arch, and possibly a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan.

bkd

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  1. Telkontar
    May 23rd, 2009 at 13:27 | #1

    We caved to a child’s request to see Night @ Museum: Smithsonian Battle. It was a good advertisement for the Smithsonian. I would usually avoid DC, but you may want to add some of it — the aerospace section may appeal to you.

  2. May 23rd, 2009 at 15:17 | #2

    Been there and done it (the museums, not the movie). Flight museum was pretty great, especially the half that was out at Dulles.

  3. Hal Brown
    July 24th, 2009 at 23:21 | #3

    Great plan, my only suggestion would be to advise your good friends you are coming to town so they can make plans to see you, especially if it’s been more then 5 years since they saw you last. I’m glad you were able to spend time with the family and go to Pyramid Lake, even though it was not on your schedule. Be safe.

  1. May 14th, 2009 at 03:52 | #1