Everyone should go on a real American road trip once in their life. Why? Driving across this beautiful country allows you to reach some surreal places, most scenic roads, spectacular landscapes, and inspiring spots. The experiences and feelings like “wow, I can’t believe this place actually exists” and the time together with your travel buddy create memories for life!
Yet, planning a road trip can be a stressing task. So here are our 10 tips to help make your road trip a wonderful experience :
Do not over-schedule your itinerary
Take time to stay longer in national parks like Yosemite or Grand Canyon and enjoy all the beauty that the West has to offer. Have fun and relax…
Buy an Annual Pass
Save money by purchasing an Annual Pass in advance or at the entrance of the first park you visit. This pass costs only $ 80 and gives you access to all US National parks.
Make sure you don’t run out of fuel
Tank always sufficient before you hit the road, often you don’t have that lot of petrol stations for a long time. If you see an exit with multiple gas stations, go get your gas here. Prices will be lower as there will be more competition.
Pre-book a guided tour for Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon
The Annual Pass is not valid in Monument Valley or Antelope Canyon. These parks are part of the Navajo Nation and home to Navajo families that have lived there for generations. Here you pay the entrance fee at the beginning of the park or you can pre-book a guided tour in advance or at the visitor center.
Book your rental car in advance
Book your rental car, campervan or motorhome in advance so that you can be sure that all coverages and insurances are complete. Double-check if you are covered for liability, collision, and loss damage waiver.
Car size matters
You’re going to be spending a lot of time in your car, so don’t save on the size. In America, everything is big! Also the cars and their roads. Don’t worry that an SUV might be too big. As you will be covering more than 2500 miles, comfort is key.
A Good travel insurance is not a luxury
Don’t take unnecessary risks and make sure you have worldwide coverage. Travel insurance is really the MOST IMPORTANT thing you need for your trip. You never know what could happen, and most health insurance plans don’t cover you enough when you travel. We are covered by annual travel insurance via Protections.
Increase the limit of your credit card
Increase (temporarily) the limit of your credit card to have sufficient money reserve. When you need medical assistance, you often have to pay on your behalf in advance to your insurance company. Even if you rent a car, a credit card in the name of the driver is mandatory. Last but not least, it gives you a much safer feeling than having lots of cash in your pocket during your vacation.
Book your hotels or campsites in advance
It’s a true story: the earlier you book, the cheaper! And more availability! A West Coast road trip is very popular and if you want to stay in the big cities or National Parks, it’s a good idea to book your accommodation in advance. Know that during the summer period it is very difficult to find campsites inside or nearby National Parks like Yosemite or Grand Canyon. And it’s so worth booking a lodge or campground inside the parks, so you can enjoy the most incredible sunrises and sunsets while exploring the area and no longer taking account on your way back.
Update your own GPS or use Maps.me
Update your own GPS instead of renting one. It’s very easy to download and update maps on your GPS and it will save you a lot of money! or download Maps.me on your smartphone and get the West-USA map. Check our favorite 10 free travel apps here.