In the beginning of June, Dang Travelers will pack up the car and head out on what we are anticipating to be the most epic road trip we have taken to date. We will be on the road 80 days from start to finish. That is 11 weeks and 3 days. 1,920 hours. 115,200 minutes. 6,912,000 seconds of road trip bliss. 22% of the year 2016 for us will be on one awesome road trip driving over 6,000 miles!
We will be passing through twelve U.S. states and one Canadian province:
- South Dakota
WE FINISHED THE ROAD TRIP IN SEPTEMBER! CLICK HERE TO START AT THE BEGINNING!
We will be hiking throughout eleven National Parks (9 in the United States and 2 in Canada):
- Badlands National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Banff National Park
- Jasper National Park
- Cascades National Park
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Rocky Mountain National Park
Check out breathtaking photos and read about some of these incredible parks in Top U.S. National Park Destinations.
We will be visiting a few other National Park Service destinations:
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
- Bighorn National Forest
- Black Hills National Forest
Be Part of the Adventure.
We will be breaking up our lodging between campgrounds, hotels and a few nights staying with family.
As you can see, the majority of our time will be spent camping. Our temporary housing for the summer will be a pop up camper we are borrowing from our parents.
Pros of the pop up are that it is small so we are able to tow it with our current vehicle and it can be parked in almost any size campsite, it’s off the ground if it rains, and it has a fridge and stove top.
The cons are that it is small so we will be in SUPER close quarters for a LONG period of time, it does not have a shower or bathroom (which means 76% of the time showering at campgrounds – oh the joy) and we may grow tired of setting it up and taking it down at each site. Either way, it does seem more luxurious than our usual truck camping!
We dream of one day owning an RV, camper or a van that we can travel far and wide with. We hope this little adventure will help us decide what we need and want for our future travels.
Cost of the Longest Road Trip We’ve Ever Taken
Unfortunately, summer is the busiest season for most of these parks so we are not able to book as we go and are stuck with a rigid itinerary as campgrounds book up regularly. On a positive side, it has allowed us to have full transparency before we hit the road on how much this crazy ride will cost us!
We redeemed a free night earned previously with Hotels.com’s Reward Program– stay 10 nights, earn one free. We are also using IHG hotel loyalty points to cover two additional hotel nights. These three free stays combined with the seven free nights with family, significantly reduce our overall lodging costs. Taking into account our hotel stays, campground fees and staying with family, our average cost per night is $29. Excluding the free family nights (as some of you might not have that option) the average cost per night is $33.
READ HERE TO FIND OUT HOW WE EASILY TRACK OUR TRAVEL EXPENSES… FOR FREE!
|AVERAGE COST PER NIGHT||$29|
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What’s the longest road trip you have ever taken? Have any tips?
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