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Old 09-08-2012, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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I took a month long cross country-trip with a friend in the 1970s. We started June 1st and was back July2nd. It was in a van conversion, now called Class-B's. We took the southern route through Kanas, New Mexico etc, then turned north to see many of the National Parks (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Badlands, more. By the time the real heat hit, we were in Banff Canada. We went through the northern states to get back home to NY. Believe me, you don't want to be in the AZ and Utah desert in the summer. My husband and I are planning a cross-country trip within the coming year. This time I would choose May if it's possible.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Make sure your dog is welcome on a leash in the parks you're planning to visit. Also, I'd pick a cooler time of year (May rather than October) because you'll have to leave your dog in the car for pit stops, and on hot days even a brief stop can be downright dangerous. So you don't want to take chances with your dog, and you also don't want wellmeaning strangers to break into your car to liberate him...

The days are also longer in May than in October.
Great advice. Some of the parks are already closed in October due to snow. But now with global warming... who knows?
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Great Plains
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Great advice. Some of the parks are already closed in October due to snow. But now with global warming... who knows?
Some parks still close in october. I'd vote for early September. The crowds are thinned out and several attractions are still open.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:07 AM
 
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I guess it depends on where you're going to go. I've gone in early May out West but there was still a lot of roads closed. If I could choose anytime probably early to mid September. The kids and families are back in school so the crowds aren't bad. We used to head down the Assateague, Chincoteague and Outer Banks even late October. Great time to be there because the water was still warm, nice temperatures in the low 80's, it wasn't crowded, bugs were minimal etc.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:25 AM
 
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I'd pick September,as you wont be running into any snow,everything is still open ,most of the summer crowd is back to work or school and you wont get swarmed with bugs..
If you are going to do a circular route around the US and parts of Canada you may find your endurance and stamina for driving not what it was back in 1970 and may find a month a bit on the short side.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: The Brat Stop
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I am thinking about buying a mid size suv, taking out the back seat and rigging it as a makeshift camper, putting an air mattress in the back and driving cross country as a vacation.

All thoughts and opinions are welcome. Thanks in advance!
Probably Autumn for the colors. Plus, it's cooler at night and more comfortable sleeping.
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