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In a few weeks I'll be driving from Massachusetts across country to the west coast in my 1971 VW Westfalia. Earlier I was considering taking a northern route, but now I'm leaving later I'm thinking of a more southern one, through MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, LA, TX, AZ, CA.

Do you have any experience of driving this route or sections of it and favorite stops along the way?

Or do you have another route that you'd recommend in late October and November?

Also I'd love to meet up with VW Camper Family members along the way, so please let me know if you're open to meeting, have a VW club get together or can offer me  safe place to camp overnight.

Cheers, Carole

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I'd forgotten that you did it at this time of year. I'm all set to come down south to the Carolinas now. Taking your advice to go through Asheville. Will message you on Facebook. Thanks.

Laura Anne said:
Carole~ as you know I did my trip last year during this time...  You will want to move South eventually but we found fair weather along route 40 all the way to NM.  After a snow there, we decided to hit I-10, but it is verrryyy winddyyyy!  Goodluck, there is no other way to travel than in a VW Bus- that is for sure!!

Hi Carole!

Being retired military, I drove across the country many times.  My family is all over the East Coast, but I live in Washington State now.  Next Summer I will be following Route 50 all the way from San Francisco, CA to Ocean Beach, MD.  If you have any specific questions, let me know I've been across on I10. I20, I40, I70, I80, I90, I94 and several "yellow" routes.


Olympia, WA

Where does your texas route take you and what time frame? If its near me at all I (depending on dates) can offer up somewhere for you to camp. And if I can't, I have other local VW folk that can.  Be safe!

Route 50 from Ocean City, MD to Sacramento, CA (http://www.route50.com/).  I'll be driving from West to East next Summer.

I just completed a ~6000 mile trip from Sept Iles, QC to Vancouver, BC ... the long & warmer route.

After leaving Montreal, we went to Vermont and through upstate NY then (a few days) on to Chicago and did Route 66 (most of it, anyway) to Santa Monica(West L.A.) then up the coast and home.

Route 66 was quite nice; with a bit of overlapped travel on a few interstates ... most of the driving was either parallel to or a ways off of the interstates, though.

Lots to see and visit with lots of attractions / distractions along the way ...  keeping in mind  "the interruptions are the journey".

Route 66 still allows for some 'off plan excursions' into AK, CO, IN etc ... the nicest part of this 'relatively' direct route vs. I44 / I40 / I10 is the speed limits are lower (although up to 65 in a number of areas) and a lot less traffic.  I was in a turbo diesel Westy and all the big rigs and just near everyone else was passing me incessantly in the interstates ... it is a much calmer, relaxing, enjoyable drive once off the Is ... time permitting.

If I had just done interstates and had the same # of rest / pit stops ... I may have arrived 1/2 - 1 day sooner ... however, it would have been a much less enjoyable (on the verge of miserable) trip.

My 2 cents ... Enjoy your trip!

Happy New Year.


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