Traveling across America by motor vehicle is something everyone should do. Cherie and I have driven across the U.S.A. eight or nine times, and it’s something I believe everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. When we fly to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or some other iconic part of America, we simply don’t get a feel for the immense proportions and diversity of America.

Our first cross-country trip was by car. We stayed at hotels and ate at restaurants, and while it was pleasant, the entire time we were talking about how much fun it would be as a camping trip. On our third trip, we took a Honda Odyssey pulling an 8-foot pop-up camper. We had a great time, but we were limited in the spaces we could set up the pop-up. We camped in small commercial campgrounds, free public campgrounds, National Forest locations and a Cabela’s parking lot.

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