Planning Cross Country Road Trip - North American Motoring

Go Back  North American Motoring > MINIs in General > Travel Stories
Planning Cross Country Road Trip >

Planning Cross Country Road Trip

Travel Stories Have an interesting trip in your MINI that you want to share with others? Post it here!

Planning Cross Country Road Trip

  #1  
Old 01-13-2019, 09:07 AM
RRusso1982
RRusso1982 is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Planning Cross Country Road Trip

Hi,

I am planning to do something this summer that I have always wanted to do. I plan on buying a new Mini Cooper S (my dream car) and taking a month and a half long cross country road trip to the West Coast and back. I live in Yonkers, NY. Some of the places I plan to visit are Baltimore, Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Tucson, Phoenix, The Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, then up the California coast to San Francisco, and continue up the Pacific Coast, visiting Portland and Seattle. On the way back East, I plan on visiting Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, the Field of Dreams movie site in Iowa, Chicago, and Cleveland. Has anybody ever done a road trip like this in a MINI? I am an average sized guy, so I don't think it will matter too much that it is a small car.
 
  #2  
Old 01-27-2019, 04:23 PM
eric.stewart
eric.stewart is offline
2nd Gear
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 67
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
I have done similar trips in smaller cars and honestly, as long as the seats are comfortable and you can find a good driving position for those long stretches, you will find that any small car will do! I have a Countryman and have to say that the seats are very comfortable and every bit as nice as my wife's new Q7 and any manner of other cars we've had with good seats (A4, TT, Q5, 320i xDrive...). Plus you will have the added bonus of having a car that's nimble, fun to drive, sips gas and puts an ear-to-ear smile on your face! Of course, that might be the only discomfort you have.....that smile! The face muscles will start quivering after a while LOL.

Sounds like a wonderful trip. Make sure you take pictures and post them! Oh, and have you bought that MINI Cooper S?
 
  #3  
Old 01-27-2019, 06:54 PM
RRusso1982
RRusso1982 is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not yet. I am not looking for a Countryman. Probably just an S 2 door. I have a 2013 VW GTI now and I will probably trade it in. I went to Mini of Manhattan and I found out that if I have to factory order it, I should allow 3 months to be safe, so I will order no later than the end of March if I want to leave around the 4th of July.
 
  #4  
Old 01-27-2019, 08:49 PM
Fly'n Brick
Fly'n Brick is offline
6th Gear
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: In the here and now, for now.
Posts: 4,192
Thanks: 0
Thanked 103 Times in 95 Posts
We've made several trips like that, the longest just short of 7K miles. Over time we've streamlined our packing and lifestyle making the journey the objective eliminating much of the process. Have a great time, take lots of pictures and keep your wheels between the ditches and the greasy side down.
 
  #5  
Old 01-28-2019, 05:02 AM
Derek86's Avatar
Derek86
Derek86 is offline
5th Gear
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Living in an Amish Paradise
Posts: 1,045
Thanked 62 Times in 55 Posts
I did PA to LA and back on motorcycles with a friend a couple summers ago. It was awesome. We've done PA to Key West and planning on Seattle and back this summer.

AirBnB is great but not available everywhere. We typically try to use AirBnB first, then hotels if there is not anything available. We've found some great spots that beat staying in hotels next to the highway.

On the East Coast:
- Lancaster County - Come see the Amish, beats Baltimore.
- The National Aquarium in Baltimore
- Blue Ridge Parkway is very pretty, but budget plenty of time, it is slow.
- The Dragon in Deals Gap, NC
- Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, NC

Down South:
- Barber Racing Museum in Tuscaloosa, AL
- NASA Space Center in Houston, TX
- If you are going to Houston, I'd recommend going to/spending the night in Galveston.
- Eat at Whataburger
- New Orleans was fun, Bourbon St is very touristy and smells like a pissed soaked version of Duval St. I enjoyed New Orleans more during the day than the nightlife. Use the streetcars to get around.

Out West:
- If you are going to the Grand Canyon, you should take a few days in the Northern AZ, Southern UT area. In that area you have Bryce, Arches, Zion, Monument Valley, Moab, and The Four Corners. This was probably my favorite section of our trip, it was just amazing.
- The San Antonio to Tuscan run is a pretty long run, and it is sparse but pretty. Van Horn, Texas was the shittiest place we stopped on our trip, second was St. Louis. We did San Antonio to El Paso to Bisbee to Tuscon. Partially because we were staying with friends in Bisbee but I'd recommend checking out southern AZ if you're inclined to get off the beaten path. That was a pretty place to get off I-10.
- Tombstone is a total tourist trap but it was fun to see and say we had been there.
- Hottest part of the trip was Southern Cali. We road through the Imperial Valley going west and Death Valley going East to Vegas. Baker, CA was 119F the day we were there.
- Vegas was OK, just wasn't my style.
- The PCH was a nice ride, I would definitely say try and run the coast but I also have a desire to see the central valley.
- Watch for motorcycles in LA, lane splitting is legal and utilized.
- Walking around Hollywood was fun, I wouldn't try to drive around LA.

As part of our northern route planning this year we are looking at going to:
- Harley Davidson Museum and Plant in Milwaukee
- National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA
- All the aforementioned National Parks
 

Last edited by Derek86; 01-29-2019 at 05:15 AM.
  #6  
Old 01-29-2019, 10:55 AM
RRusso1982
RRusso1982 is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Derek86 View Post
I did PA to LA and back on motorcycles with a friend a couple summers ago. It was awesome. We've done PA to Key West and planning on Seattle and back this summer.

AirBnB is great but not available everywhere. We typically try to use AirBnB first, then hotels if there is not anything available. We've found some great spots that beat staying in hotels next to the highway.

On the East Coast:
- Lancaster County - Come see the Amish, beats Baltimore.
- The National Aquarium in Baltimore
- Blue Ridge Parkway is very pretty, but budget plenty of time, it is slow.
- The Dragon in Deals Gap, NC
- Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, NC

Down South:
- Barber Racing Museum in Tuscaloosa, AL
- NASA Space Center in Houston, TX
- If you are going to Houston, I'd recommend going to/spending the night in Galveston.
- Eat at Whataburger
- New Orleans was fun, Bourbon St is very touristy and smells like a pissed soaked version of Duval St. I enjoyed New Orleans more during the day than the nightlife. Use the streetcars to get around.

Out West:
- If you are going to the Grand Canyon, you should take a few days in the Northern AZ, Southern UT area. In that area you have Bryce, Arches, Zion, Monument Valley, Moab, and The Four Corners. This was probably my favorite section of our trip, it was just amazing.
- The San Antonio to Tuscan run is a pretty long run, and it is sparse but pretty. Van Horn, Texas was the shittiest place we stopped on our trip, second was St. Louis. We did San Antonio to El Paso to Bisbee to Tuscon. Partially because we were staying with friends in Bisbee but I'd recommend checking out southern AZ if you're inclined to get off the beaten path. That was a pretty place to get off I-10.
- Tombstone is a total tourist trap but it was fun to see and say we had been there.
- Hottest part of the trip was Southern Cali. We road through the Imperial Valley going west and Death Valley going East to Vegas. Baker, CA was 119F the day we were there.
- Vegas was OK, just wasn't my style.
- The PCH was a nice ride, I would definitely say try and run the coast but I also have a desire to see the central valley.
- Watch for motorcycles in LA, lane splitting is legal and utilized.
- Walking around Hollywood was fun, I wouldn't try to drive around LA.

As part of our northern route planning this year we are looking at going to:
- Harley Davidson Museum and Plant in Milwaukee
- National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA
- All the aforementioned National Parks
Derek, I've been to Amish Country. That place is the biggest tourist trap in the country.
 
  #7  
Old 01-29-2019, 02:07 PM
colinmini
colinmini is offline
4th Gear
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 390
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
2005 R50 MINI Cooper w/160k miles on it!


Have done two MTTS, many MOTD and very many runs from Ohio to where my mom lived in CT!

It is 80” from the rear boot to the glove box.
 
The Following User Says Thank You to colinmini For This Useful Post:
Derek86 (01-30-2019)
  #8  
Old 01-29-2019, 05:31 PM
Duc OT
Duc OT is online now
Neutral
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Collin,
That is awesome! I need to see if I can set up a similar setup in my F56.
 
The Following User Says Thank You to Duc OT For This Useful Post:
colinmini (01-29-2019)
  #9  
Old 01-30-2019, 06:22 AM
Derek86's Avatar
Derek86
Derek86 is offline
5th Gear
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Living in an Amish Paradise
Posts: 1,045
Thanked 62 Times in 55 Posts
Originally Posted by RRusso1982 View Post
Derek, I've been to Amish Country. That place is the biggest tourist trap in the country.
Put Tombstone, AZ as a very close competitor.
 
  #10  
Old 02-04-2019, 08:04 AM
AZdsrt
AZdsrt is offline
6th Gear
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 1,412
Thanked 28 Times in 26 Posts
We did something similar, though broke it into 2 trips. I retired in 2012 and bought my wife a 2012 MCS hatch. The first summer went from Phx to east coast and back -

https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...-and-back.html

The following summer went from Phx to San Diego, then took the PCH all the way to Seattle, then down thru Wyoming to spend time at Yellowstone. What you are proposing is a LONG trip, sounds like a lot of fun. No problem at all driving a Mini long distances.
 
  #11  
Old 02-04-2019, 12:06 PM
TwoWings's Avatar
TwoWings
TwoWings is offline
1st Gear
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I am a touring motorcyclist and a MINI owner...if you get out west, don't miss US-12 in Utah, Beartooth/Chief Joseph Highways (WY-212 & WY-296), Lolo Pass (US-12 from Lolo, MT to Kooskia, ID), and US-395 from Burns, OR to Pendleton, WA...some of the greatest driving/scenery in the U.S.
If Colorado is in your plans, don't miss CO-145, CO-149, CO-114, CO-139, and US-550....those aren't the only ones but they are some of the best...
Once you get to California, the possibilites are endless...maybe some Left Coasters will chime in...
 
  #12  
Old 02-06-2019, 07:21 PM
RRusso1982
RRusso1982 is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by AZdsrt View Post
We did something similar, though broke it into 2 trips. I retired in 2012 and bought my wife a 2012 MCS hatch. The first summer went from Phx to east coast and back -

https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...-and-back.html

The following summer went from Phx to San Diego, then took the PCH all the way to Seattle, then down thru Wyoming to spend time at Yellowstone. What you are proposing is a LONG trip, sounds like a lot of fun. No problem at all driving a Mini long distances.
Glad you chimed in here. You went on a road trip for 2 people, and it will be just me. Also, the Mini Cooper was smaller in 2012 than it is now.
 
  #13  
Old 02-07-2019, 01:23 AM
VRBeauty's Avatar
VRBeauty
VRBeauty is offline
6th Gear
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: NOT Lalaland, CA
Posts: 1,257
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
My sweetie and I went on
a seven-week cross-country trip in his 2009 Clubman two summers ago. We tent camped most of the time, so the car was stuffed like a 3-D Tetris game with our camping gear, cooking gear, and clothing. We started in California and went through the southwest to Nashville (for the eclipse), then up to the Boundry Waters area in Minnesota and up into Southern Canada. We ended up spending a lot more time in Southern Canada than originally planned because of the wildfires in the Rockies and elsewhere.

I’d suggest you load up with AAA maps, leave plenty of time in your schedule for exploration, and chat with locals and other travelers along the way. Some of our most memorable stops weren’t on our radar when we started our trip - or when we started out that day, for that matter!

BTW my boyfriend is tall enough that he removed the Clubman’s rear view mirror because it interferes with his visibility - so having the car packed to the gills wasn’t a problem for him.
 

Last edited by VRBeauty; 02-07-2019 at 01:37 AM.
  #14  
Old 02-07-2019, 06:35 AM
Fly'n Brick
Fly'n Brick is offline
6th Gear
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: In the here and now, for now.
Posts: 4,192
Thanks: 0
Thanked 103 Times in 95 Posts
I'll jump in again. West bound, I'd strongly recommend US 60 across southern MO then 160 a bit west of Joplin all the way to Durango. You'll kick yourself for not driving the million dollar highway up to Montrose, a rocky mountain dragon tail, then up to Grand Junction and in to Moab. Spend 2 or 3 days there. Dead Horse canyon is where the girls went flying off the cliff.
 
The Following User Says Thank You to Fly'n Brick For This Useful Post:
colinmini (02-08-2019)
  #15  
Old 02-09-2019, 07:47 PM
dmath
dmath is offline
3rd Gear
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 160
Thanked 22 Times in 20 Posts
I'll second Derek86's suggestion to visit Moab. We did a Utah trip a few years ago to hit some of the National Parks. Canyonlands was my favorite. No crowds and spectacular views.
 
  #16  
Old 03-13-2019, 07:29 PM
RRusso1982
RRusso1982 is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I ordered my new Mini today at Mini of Manhattan. A 2019 Mini Cooper S, Electric Blue with white top and white bonnet stripes and Cosmos Silver Spoke wheels. I should be getting it by the end of May. Now I'm $34,000 poorer, but looking forward to my trip.
 

Last edited by RRusso1982; 03-14-2019 at 04:05 PM.
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Seik
R60 :: Countryman Talk (2010-2015)
3
03-04-2012 07:31 PM
Kahnfucious
R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006)
0
08-04-2011 06:26 AM
wikedgolf
6th Annual MINIs on the Dragon (April 30-May 4, 2008)
8
04-14-2008 10:01 AM
o-ron
1st Gear
29
06-23-2006 01:54 PM
o-ron
R50/R53 :: Hatch Talk (2002-2006)
26
05-23-2006 07:25 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Planning Cross Country Road Trip


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.