The BTW Resource Page
Our local library was scanned from top to bottom. We read a lot of stuff,
but here is a small list that we remember.
Its kind of hard to remember all the books we read, but theres just too
many of them around...
The Most Scenic Drives In America - Readers Digest (we
are taking this along)
The New Roadside America - Doug Kirby et al (we
are taking this along)
Tour Books for each of the states by American Automobile Association
(www.aaa.com) (we are
taking them along)
Coping with America - Peter Trudgil
On the Road, A life on the Road, Kuralt's America - all by Charles
America The Beautiful - Readers Digest
The National Parks of USA - James Murfin
Roadtrip America - Jamie Jensen
This section is a the comprehensive set of web pages that we were researching
as the story unfolded. Some of them were suggested by other folks. But
we did take at least a peek at most of the sites. A small comment on the
right says what we think of the sites. As all lazy folks, we were not zealous
enough to write all the things that were going on in our heads. Thus the
comments might be pretty stunted - however the list of sites is pretty
||Lists facts about states
||Information on attractions statewise
||Great outdoors page. Real information about outdooring.Real nice site.
Must explore it fully. Also has links to great sites
||Health related stuffon travelling...
||A list of off beat attractions... Yes its from the same publishers
from the book
||A list of byways searchable by state features etc These folks send
you an US map about the bywasy listed.
||Lonely Planet guides to most countries.
||America's Best Online - the best zoo -etc
||Destination guides and information state wise
||The national parks site - has a comprehensive list of all national
monuments in America.
Staying And Eating
||FAQ and guide to hostels across the world
||Travel-info. This site is being updated
Travel Tips And Safety
||Weather forecasts for US cities
||United States Climate Page
||Art of Travel: from a book mostly on international travel. How can
you keep yourself safe on travel...
||Free Travel Tips for all kinds travel
||Free Hotel Motel Discount Coupons @ exitguide
||Free Hotel Motel Discount Coupons
||Very good travel info on USA and Canada. Has a good faq and set of
Tripping Across America
||How did Andy Koransky do his trip across the USA? One of those no nonsense
|www.princeton.edu/~rcurtis/safeman.html + others
||Not much impressionalble.
||Travelogue: Road Tripping across the USA
||Travelogue: RoadTrip 99
||Travelogue: Henry's trip across USA
||Travelogue: Road Trip America
||Travelogue: at ourtrip.com
||Travel Library lots of good travelogues. A must for any travel at all.
||WorldWander destination guides
||Muzi Net Information
||American Road Journal
||On The Road Again. Great travel advice.
Information On USA
||USA in a nutshell from the CIA fact book.
||The USA destination guide at Lonely planet. Good concise reading. Again
a must for new travellers into the country.
According To State
In this section we list a set of destinations that we were looking at as
we researched our route. The section is listed state wise. It contains
destinations, scenic drives on and around the route we planned and not
any of the other states
Cities Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus
Ohio Ballet (Akron)
Cincinnati Ballet (Cincinnati)
Polaris Amphitheater (Columbus)
Drive: Ohio River Scenic Route
Chicago city - waterways
Donley's Wild West Town (Union)
Raging Rivers (Grafton)
Illinois State Fair (Springfield)
Scenic Canoeing: Rivers - Fox, Kankakee, Confluence Loop
Drive: Shawnee Hills
Drive: Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route
Drive: Ohio River Scenic Route
Drive: Ohio River Scenic Route
Drive: The Indiana National Road
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Bluffs Greyhound Racing
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
Ingersoll Dinner Theater
Adventure Land (Des Moines)
Walnut Creek National Wildlife Refuge Iowa
Drive: Loess Hills Scenic Byway, Grant Wood Scenic Byway,
Drive: Woodlands Scenic Byway, Western Skies Scenic Byway
St Louis city
Mount Pleasant Wineries (Mount Pleasant)
Missouri State Fair (Sedalia)
Mark Twain National Forest
Drives: Skyline Drive, Sugar Camp Road
Drives: Crowley`s Ridge Parkway, Great River Road
Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Henry Doorly Zoo
Drives: Western Trails Scenic and Historic Byway
Kansas State Fair (Hutchinson)
Dodge City - cattle town
Wiichita city - Museums-on-the-River
South Dakota: SD
Badlands National Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wild Water West Waterpark (Sioux Falls)
Ranch Amusement Park (Black Hills)
Drives: Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Spearfish Canyon Highway
Drives: The Native American Scenic Byway
Good drive: Red Rock Canyon
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge
Drives: Lake Tahoe Eastshore Drive, Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway
Drives: Death Valley Scenic Byway (Rt 190), Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road
Here is a list of United States National Landmarks. This list was obtained
from National Parks Service. We then sorted out
the stuff that lies in and around our approximate route. Its gross but
gives a good comprehensive list. As always we are not sure what we will
Note: The list is sorted on the state names
on the right and then on the name of the area within a category.
Name of the Area State
Wilson's Creek Missouri
Big Hole Montana
Fort Necessity Pennsylvania
NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES
Fort Bowie Arizona
Hubbell Trading Post Arizona
Eugene O'Neil California
Fort Point California
John Muir California
Bent's Old Fort Colorado
Lincoln Home Illinois
Herbert Hoover Iowa
Harry S. Truman Missouri
Ulysses S. Grant Missouri
Grant-Kohrs Ranch Montana
Fort Union Trading Post Montana-North Dakota
Knife River Indian Villages North Dakota
James A. Garfield Ohio
William Howard Taft Ohio
Allegheny Portage Railroad Pennsylvania
Edgar Allen Poe Pennsylvania
Friendship Hill Pennsylvania
Hopewell Furnace Pennsylvania
Minuteman Missile South Dakota
Golden Spike Utah
Fort Laramie Wyoming
NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARKS
San Francisco Maritime California
Nez Perce Idaho
George Rogers Clark Indiana
Chaco Culture New Mexico
Pecos New Mexico
Dayton Aviation Ohio
Hopewell Culture Ohio
Valley Forge Pennsylvania
Indiana Dunes Indiana
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Illinois-Missouri
Lincoln Boyhood Indiana
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Ohio
Johnstown Flood Pennsylvania
Thaddeus Kosciuszko Pennsylvania
Mount Rushmore South Dakota
NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
Canyon de Chelly NM Arizona
Casa Grande Arizona
Hohokam Pima Arizona
Montezuma Castle Arizona
Organ Pipe Cactus Arizona
Pipe Spring Arizona
Sunset Crater Volcano Arizona
Walnut Canyon Arizona
Devils Postpile California
Lava Beds California
Muir Woods California
Florissant Fossil Beds Colorado
Great Sand Dunes Colorado
Yucca House Colorado
Craters of the Moon Idaho
Hagerman Fossil Beds Idaho
Effigy Mounds Iowa
Grand Portage Minnesota
George Washington Carver Missouri
Little Bighorn Battlefield Montana
Agate Fossil Beds Nebraska
Homestead NM of America Nebraska
Scotts Bluff Nebraska
Aztec Ruins New Mexico
Bandelier New Mexico
Capulin Volcano New Mexico
El Malpais New Mexico
El Morro New Mexico
Fort Union New Mexico
Gila Cliff Dwellings New Mexico
Petroglyph New Mexico
Salinas Pueblo Missions New Mexico
White Sands New Mexico
Jewel Cave South Dakota
Cedar Breaks Utah
Natural Bridges Utah
Rainbow Bridge Utah
Timpanogos Cave Utah
Devils Tower Wyoming
Fossil Butte Wyoming
Grand Canyon Arizona
Petrified Forest Arizona
Black Canyon of the Gunnison CO
Channel Islands California
Joshua Tree California
Kings Canyon California
Lassen Volcanic California
Death Valley California-Nevada
Mesa Verde Colorado
Rocky Mountain Colorado
Great Basin Nevada
Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota
Badlands South Dakota
Wind Cave South Dakota
Bryce Canyon Utah
Capitol Reed Utah
Grand Teton Wyoming
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway Wyoming
NATIONAL RECREATION AREAS
Glen Canyon Arizona-Utah
Golden Gate California
Santa Monica Mountains California
Bighorn Canyon Montana-Wyoming
Lake Mead Nevada-Arizona
Cuyahoga Valley Ohio
Whiskeytown Unit Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity California
City of Rocks Idaho
Mississippi National River and Recreation Areas Minnesota
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Missouri
Niobrara National Scenic River Nebraska-South Dakota
Point Reyes California
NATIONAL WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS
Missouri National Recreation River Nebraska-South Dakota
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial California
Chicago Portage National Historic Site Illinois
Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Illinois
Chimney Rock National Historic Site Nebraska
International Peace Garden North Dakota-Manitoba
David Berger National Memorial Ohio
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Pennsylvania
Delaware & Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor Pennsylvania
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church National Historic Site Pennsylvania
BTW Tips For The Traveller
In this section we list a set of notes that we made along the way on our
research. Reading through this gives one a perspective of how we went through.
Also we expect that the notes will be of help for similar projects. Most
of these points were jotted down when we were going through the sites mentioned
in the section before.
A good idea to keep track of all the days - when driving we can update
this. Should we go digital for this ? or just on paper.
Get AAA membership. Now !
Driving west into sunset can be a problem.
No grocery store for miles !! * Carry water at places !!
Park car only on firm groud - otherwise if it rains in the night it will
get stuck by morning.
What is a solar shower ?? * Plan for bad weather - what do u do if you
are stuck at a place though didnt want to stay there that long.
Do we need a smaller/simpler camera ? Related is do we need a nice backpack
for our current camera ?
Keeping our cell-phone charged: is it a good idea to see the car adapter
Do we need a tarpaulin over the top of our tent to save ourselves from
You get to see/do/get better photos by getting out of the car
Try to get special photos - for example panoramic multiple pics.
Popular canyons have lots of visitors !! Bryce, Zion in utah for ex. At
these places pick non-weeknds and non-holidays
Look for spcialities of the local place - book THe new roadside america
might be helpful. For ex Museum of Questionable Medical Devices :-) http://www.mtn.org/quack
If you are sleeping in the car: with windows open mosquitos can be a problem.
with windows closed suffocation. so we need to do something for that.
Mosquitos can be a problem in motels too - a good idea to have a Kachhua
chaap agarbatti with us !!
Telling someone where you will be going and when is a good idea. If you
are not in that area on time then things can be started... Its particularly
easy to get lost in the desert.
We need to have a good compass * How to poop in the wilderness ? Check
out for shitting stations where u go
Light coloured clothing help identify insects and ticks when travelling
Also long sleeved and long legged clothing.
We will need telephone cards/access to call local chambers of commerce
and then to call the bed and break fasts for stay. Cell phone may not work.
Getting internet access (for ex at a local lib) would be good. * Should
we get a CB (citizen's band) radio ??
Motel 6: 1-800-466-8356
Super 8: 1-800-800-8000
ECONO LODGE: 1-800-553-2666
Get at least two pairs of goggles/Sun glasses - you will need them.
Becoming a member of a half-price club might save you hotel charges.
Entertainment Club 1-800-853-0539
There are also coupon companies look at
Talk to locals/park rangers about camping sites.
Try looking at the yellow pages (both online and print) for hotel deals.
Carrying a survival kit when not near the car is a good idea - A pocket
knife, matches, survival candle, trash bag, emergency poncho, a length
of thin nylon cord, a space blanket, a whistle, and a couple of candy bars,
compass, should be the bare minimum.
Learning about the local plants - what are edible etc - can help
Should we buy a lock for our CRV spare tire in the back ? Good idea.
Its a good idea to buy the National Parks Pass if we are planning to visit
many national parks. Visit www.nps.gov for the same.
When driving in the sun, having a long sleeve shirt is a must. Or else
you will sunburn your hands.
When you put things in the cooler put the ice in zip lock bags so that
the water stays inside and doesnt dirty the entire cooler.
When you are travelling to remote areas probably taking a gas tank is a
good idea. Also a can of water