Globetrooper Founders Road Trip - Canada & USA

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Dates 1 Sep '10 to 21 Oct '10

Flexible? Yeah, sure

Est. Cost 1,000 - 7,000 USD (USD United States Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Globetrooper Founders Road Trip - Canada & USA

The Aussie founders of Globetrooper, Todd & Lauren, are roadtripping across Canada and the United States.

In nothing but a hippy van, of course.

And we need YOU to tell us WHERE to go and WHO to meet up with.

Here's a starting list:

Montreal
Gatineau
Toronto
Madison
Calgary
Winnipeg
Vancouver
Seattle
Portland
San Fran
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Tucson
Austin
Kentucky
New York
Boston

We also want to drive on Route 66, and go to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Yellowstone... and more. We love adventure, so anything out-of-the-ordinary or just a pure adrenaline rush, we'll be up for, but only if it's not too pricey.

We're hoping to meet as many people as we can who are interested in travel. Whether you're currently travelling, soon-to-be travelling, cubicle travelling, planning to travel or a travel blogger/writer, we want to MEET ALL OF YOU.

Do you think we should come to where you are? Tell us now. Do you want to meet up for a coffee or a beer? Can you show us around your town or just your kitchen? Can you offer us a comfy couch to crash on or just a quick shower? Can you help us to understand what a normal day for you is all about? Let us know by following the trip and commenting below.

**UPDATE As at Sept 2010**

Unfortunately we've had to postpone this trip, but it will still happen! Most likely in 2012 though. Some other opportunities have come up that seem more realistic for our *small* budget at the moment... as I hope most of you guys will understand just comes with the territory of travelling.

Keep all the ideas rolling in though, as we'll pick where we left off when we come back to North America!

Globetrooper Founders Road Trip - Canada & USA

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Jebbert

Jebbert If you wanna see the Northern lights pretty much keep going North. Dawson City, Yukon is a good place to go. Very small like less then 1000 people but still a city.
Sunny covered some cool stops in Alberta. Didn't even know about the creationist museum and I have lived in Alberta all my life.
Checking out a Edmonton, Calgary hockey game would in my opinion be exciting. They are the only 2 teams in Alberta and get intense. The parties after the games are always fun no matter which team your rooting for.
Waterton national park in Alberta is very beautiful and doesn't have the crowds Banff national park has.
If you wanna see such things as the worlds biggest teepee, egg, dinosaur, beaver, golf tee, putter, dragonfly, and many others. Or the starship enterprise in Vulcan, Alberta.

4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Jebbert, thanks for your tips. It would be awesome to check out an Edmonton vs Calgary hockey game, so that's definitely on the list. Waterton sounds beautiful and fun and I wonder if we can get to Dawson city before it gets too cold... we'll be leaving Toronto in early Oct now.
4 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Well by time you get to Dawson city it will be late in the year. So the days will be very short up there. It also averages -20C in December. But the Northern lights would be amazing with the extended darkness. The Alaska Highway going through Northern British Columbia is a very good drive, same with down the Pacific coast. Allot of wildlife and bears around there.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Would love to drive the Alaskan Highway, however not sure how an old VW bus will go in prob late Oct by the time we get there... I think it's best if we try to avoid snow - we're used to dry, left sided driving in Aust!
4 years ago
SunnySideUp
SunnySideUp I recommend Big Valley Alberta's Creationist Science Museum. It's one of two in North America and a definate cultural experience....then head to the Tyrell museum in Drumheller. There is also the gopher hole museum in Torrington. Really you can't go 'wrong' stopping in the smaller town in Alberta. Each one is an 'experience' and gets better with the 'night life'. You will experience some true red neck culture here for sure. Also Saskatchewan... cultural experience... head to Prince Albert.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Thanks for the tips Sunny :) Are you in Alberta? Or originally from there? Do you know where is the best place to see the Northern lights in Canada? I thought maybe Edmonton but not sure... will do some research
4 years ago
Peggy
Peggy Another place to consider is Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. I just got back from a trip to KY and the tours of Mammoth Cave were spectacular!!!! You can even take a Wild Cave Tour where you do some actual spelunking! But really, all the tours offered are awesome.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Thanks for the suggestion Peggy. I think we could get to Kentucky in December - but would it be too cold then to go on a cave tour?
4 years ago
Peggy
Peggy No, it wouln't be too cold at all. The cave is open year-round and remains a constant temperature (somewhere around 50-55 degrees farenheit). And Dec. might be good anyway because there are probably a lot less tourists at that time of year. You can camp, rent cottages or stay in the motel right there at the park and there is no entrance fee to that State Park. The tours are all reasonably priced as well.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Sounds great! Interesting caves and no park fees, can't get much better than that. Kentucky it is!
4 years ago
Stryker662
Stryker662 Tucson has an awesome Mission called Mission San Xavier del Bac..I highly reccomend... I live in Pismo Beach and you should always check out Highway 1..If you do come to Pismo lets link up & go to the Boardroom for a beer..Portland Oregon is awesome and so is Bend Oregon if you get the chance..
4 years ago
Stryker662
Stryker662 Yosemite is my fave place there is so so much 2 do there..check out glacier point if you can or drive tioga road for a good scare..all in all its beautiful there..smith rock in sisters is sweet outside of bend oregon
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Why is Potland OR awesome? I think we can definitely put it in the itinerary but I don't know snything about it. Same goes for Pismo. A good scare on Tioga road eh? How come? Because of animals? Or the road is harsh?
4 years ago
Stryker662
Stryker662 portland is awesome for all the scenery around it, the great beer, the best coffee houses, very people friendly, bike friendly, cost friendly..Lots of shopping and art galleries.Pismo Beach is the beach, which stretches for miles and miles into the Oceano Dunes or go over to Beautiful Avila Beach and relax to seals and dolphins.Tioga road in Yosemite freaks people out due to the height, lack of guard rails, rarely ever open at all..just great places 2 check out..dont forget tucson,az has lots of hiking and biking and beautiful art..
4 years ago
Carlos Johnson
Carlos Johnson I have been to Portland, OR and I agree with Stryker.. I would have to add Portland has really amazing places to have Brunch.
4 years ago
Stryker662
Stryker662 Saltys right on the Columbia river next 2 Portland Airport is awesome Brunch..
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hahaha, just saw that I wrote Potland instead of Portland before! Ooo I like bike & cost friendly places and brunch is my fave meal. So Portland is going in the list!
4 years ago
Stryker662
Stryker662 well funny it is kinda potland as well though haha..sweet other than rain I would totally move back to Portland...love it..so chill!
4 years ago
Caroline M.

Caroline M. I'm familiar with most of these cities as well as the roads between them -- I did a road trip from Calgary to Vancouver a few summers ago and there are some fantastic things to do along the way. Send me a message and I'm happy to give you some pointers.

One thing you should consider is the weather and how that will affect the order of the cities you visit. While L.A., Vegas, and Austin may still be lovely in late December, New York and Boston will almost certainly be miserable and cold by then.

Cities I would add: Chicago, New Orleans, D.C., Philadelphia, both Portlands (Oregon has the bigger and more famous one, but Maine is home to the lobster-soaked original). And when you come to New York, make sure you spend some time in Brooklyn in addition to Manhattan!

4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Thanks for the advice Caroline. We may have to think about visiting NY and Boston first instead of on the way back to Toronto because of the weather... Please share the spots of interest from your Calgary to Vancouver road trip!
4 years ago
Keith
Keith I mentioned this to you on Twitter, but shoot up to Madison, WI and we should be able to get together!
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Don't worry Keith. You're a definite on our list :)
4 years ago
Carlos Johnson
Carlos Johnson Email me when you plan to be in Los Angeles... I can show you around. Josueavelar@yahoo.com
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Thanks Josue, will take you up on that! Will you be there in October?
4 years ago
Carlos Johnson
Carlos Johnson I will. As the days get closer let me know your availability and I will show you Los Angeles like you have never seen it or experience it before :-)
4 years ago
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