My sister and I are going on a year long rv trip to the 48 states of America. I need ideas on what sights and attractions to see and do.
Welcome to TravelBlog Beth-Ann. That's a pretty tall order! Are you trying to see all 48 states or just planning a year long trip in the US? First things first -- what are you interested in? Indoors, outdoors? Museums or tours? Shopping or sports? Since you're traveling in an RV I would imagine that you're looking to see lots of the outdoors, although you can often find some good RV parks close to major cities to explore them too.
Without a doubt, you should get an Interagency Pass good for all the National Parks/Monuments/Forests across the country. That's what we did on our cross-country road-trip last summer and we saved a ton of money on admission fees. I also read through Frommer's National Parks of the American West guide book when planning our trip to figure out which parks I wanted to visit and found it pretty helpful -- it also has lots of information on RV parks/campsites which I didn't use (we were tent camping) but you might find useful.
I'm a big believer of our National Parks here the US because since the country is so large and varied, you can see everything from sand dunes in the desert to a temperate rain-forest and everything in between. But apart from that, gee, the possibilities are endless. If you could give us more specifics on what you're looking for, we'd be more than happy to give you some of our favorites!
I'm looking for a lot of cheap sites, outdoor scenes and some major landmarks as well as the fun roadside attractions. Im also into the unsual things like americas largest ball of yarn etc... since im going for a year. ( im leaving on my 30th b-day and returning on my 31st.) I'm going to have a dog and 2 cats with us. so we probably wont be able to go into many museums or such cause we cant leave the animals too long. Yeah I want to see the 48 states. well at least the states that both my and my sister have not been too.
also any ideas on how to get a cheap but usable rv? i have been looking and they are expensive. so im hoping that we can still go on this trip
You might also find this discussion useful posted a while back: Travelling 48 States What to See
Apart from cheap RV's, the main rentals I've seen on the roads have been from Cruise America
. I don't know how they compare to others as I've never rented from them, I just know that they seem to be quite popular.
I don't have any advice for you except to say I'm envious of your trip. I would love to rent an RV for the family and vacation that way. Unfortunately, the few times I've looked into it the cost of the RV rental and the cost of gas (they only get a few miles per gallon) made the trip cost prohibitive. We've found for a family our size it was cheaper to drive a regular car and stay in cheap hotels along the way.
Don't give up the idea of seeing all the states, even if you don't end up taking the RV. Rent a car and go anyway!