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    Thrilling Campervan Itineraries in the USA

    People have always had a strong urge to travel, particularly in places as grand and diverse as the USA, and what better than to do it in your own hotel on wheels, with all mod cons such as a cooker, fridge, microwave and shower thrown in! Modern campervans (especially those offered by Auto Europe) are spacious, comfortable and tailored to the needs of the 21st-century traveller, whether it’s a newly-wed couple setting off on their first adventure together or a family of six taking an annual vacation. Motorhomes allow you to sit back, relax, have fun and enjoy the view! The USA has plenty of good options for people taking to the road in an Auto Europe campervan, so to help you get started we’ve come up with some ideas about where to go and what to see.

    Campervan trips on the Pacific Coast Highway

    Pacific Coast Highway

    Wild, open and breathtakingly beautiful, America’s Pacific Coast is a motorhome driver’s dream come true! For those with enough time on their hands, it’s possible to cruise all the way down (or up) between Seattle’s Olympic National Park in the north-western corner of the USA and the Mexican border in California’s deep south. It’s a 1,650-mile journey all told, which means that to do it all you’ll need to be on the road for many days, but what a trip it’ll be, especially in an Auto Europe motorhome!

    Heading south from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest brings you to many interesting places, starting with the mouth of the Columbia River (the seventh longest in the USA), after which comes a delightful journey down the enchanting Oregon coastline, spending the night at the Oceanside RV Resort in beautiful Barview, for instance. Midway along the coast, you’ll have the chance to marvel at the magnificent redwood forests of Northern California as you drive along the so-called Avenue of the Giants lined by many tall trees, some over 300 feet high and one in particular you’ll even be able to drive through! How cool is that!

    America’s stunning Pacific Coast is remarkable for the high number of well-preserved historic sites to be seen at along the way, most notably the impressive Spanish colonial missions of California and elsewhere. A stopover at the Pelican Point RV Park at San Francisco’s Half Moon Bay provides the perfect point from which to launch the final stage of your journey south via Los Angeles and San Diego, en route to the iconic Mexican border.

    Useful links: Washington State Tourism, Travel Oregon, Visit California.

    Driving across the Mississippi River

    The Great River Road

    Following the course of the mighty Mississippi River, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway (as it is officially called) stretches for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, passing through no less than ten US States and dozens of scenic river towns on the way. It would take at least two or three days to complete the drive with very few stops in your Auto Europe campervan, but most people take about a week to complete the trip, including nightly stopovers, local detours and sightseeing excursions.

    Along the route there are many must-see sights and interesting things to do, such as the National Eagle Centre in Wabasha (Minnesota), Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire (Iowa), Sunset Park on Rock Island (Illinois) and the State Museum in New Orleans (Louisiana). Furthermore, there are dozens of river-related tourist attractions and dedicated interpretive centres for the pleasure of passing road-trippers.

    Visitors enjoying the Great River Road experience of the Mississippi in their Auto Europe motorhome can spend a day or two exploring each specific section of the byway or a week or so passing through each state. And rest assured (no pun intended), there are hundreds of highly-recommended campsites to be found in very close proximity to the river along the entire route, with full hook-up facilities for your motorhome and plenty of on-site facilities. We suggest the Mississippi Bend Campground & RV Park (in Lynxville, Wisconsin), Cahokia RV Parque (in Cahokia, Illinois), Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi River RV Park (in West Memphis, Tennessee) and Lakeside RV Park (in Livingstone, Louisiana).

    Useful links: Visit Mississippi, Illinois Tourism.

    Travelling by road in Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Described by many as ‘America’s favourite drive’, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a long ribbon of road that carves a fascinating passage through the beating heart of Virginia and North Carolina, offering a series of jaw-dropping panoramas along the way. Covering 469 miles of prime US terrain, this scenic corridor offers visitors a true taste of the American interior through the windows of your Auto Europe campervan!

    Spanning the southern and central Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway offers a rare glimpse of the flora and fauna of a region renowned for its stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity. Moreover, the road gives direct access to an abundance of unique attractions, ranging from one of the world’s oldest rivers (curiously-named New River), the highest waterfall east of the Rockies (Whitewater Falls) and the highest mountain in the eastern US (Mount Mitchell, which peaks at 6,684 feet).

    The road’s most breathtaking scenery is arguably to be seen from the Linn Cove Viaduct which skims the treetops as it navigates its way around towering peaks. Additionally, you cannot miss the Bristol and Luray Caverns, Emerald Village, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Riverstone Organic Farm, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Tweetsie Railroad and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain, among many other must-see attractions. Suggestions for stopovers include the Otter Park Campground at Big Island, the Raccoon Holler Campground at Jefferson and the Cool Breeze Campground at Galax.

    Useful links: Blue Ridge Parkway Association, Virginia Tourism, North Carolina Tourism.

    The famous Route 66 in the USA

    Route 66

    Since 1926, getting your kicks on Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime for travellers, adventurers and dreamers. Generally regarded the world over as the mother of all road trips, the legendary route originally ran for 2,448 miles through eight states between Chicago and Santo Monica on California’s Pacific coast.

    While Route 66 officially no longer exists, the good news is that most of the world’s most famous driving extravaganza can still be enjoyed from the comfort of your campervan hire in the USA. Chicago is an experience in itself and the perfect place to get a feel for what Route 66 originally stood for: freedom and opportunity. The city epitomises that spirit, and with a wealth of attractions to offer, including first-class museums and one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, it provides a thrilling introduction to road-tripping in the USA. Whilst in Chicago, stay at the Lakeside RV Resort east of the city to enjoy a wide range of on-site leisure facilities, including a pool, children’s playground and a magnificent beach nearby.

    After meandering through the incredible state of Illinois, the road passes through the states of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma before entering Texas where travellers are given a taste of the unique culture, history and natural landmarks of America’s photogenic south-west. Further west, one of the longest stretches of the original Route 66 can be traced in New Mexico, most notably around the lovely city of Albuquerque where remnants of many of the road’s old filling stations, diners, trading posts, barbecue pits, truck stops and motels can still be seen.

    But for sheer driving pleasure, the most exhilarating stretch of the Route 66 is arguably the mountainous and very scenic run west from the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River, which climbs steadily up from a spectacular desert plateau before twisting past the old gold mines of the imposing Black Mountains. Once there, check in at the Mountain View RV Resort for some of the best mountain views in the whole of the USA!

    Useful links: National Historic Route 66 Federation, New Mexico Tourism.

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