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Vanabode - Travel Destination Guides for the United States
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I wrote nearly all of the following destination guides. They contain personal first hand information from my wife and I. We camped in these places in our Vanabode (usually free) and so can you. Each location specific guide contains pictures and information on what to do when you get there, what time of year to visit to avoid the crowds, temperature ranges from night to day, expected budget, and safety concerns. We have taken hundreds of trips since 1995 lasting as long as 9 months each. The Vanabode book shows how to do it, and the Big City Wild Country East Coast Road Trip on $20 a Day book is a daily diary style telling of an actual 5 month trip. States in alphabetical order.

First 5 links demonstrate the Vanabode lifestyle the best
Western States Road Trip covers 10,524 mile 17 week trip on $20 a day food, gas, and lodging 
East Coast Road Trip covers 7,532 mile 18 week trip on $20 per person food, gas, and lodging 
   Preliminary Vanabode 
itenerary shows the kind of rough plan you should have before traveling
Van Camp Canada overview of 2,866 mile trip from Nevada through Oregon, Washington and Canada
East Coast Work Camping Road Trip covers 8,384 mile 37 week trip centered around work camping

Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park Arizona hike, camp, ride mules, mind-boggling, go for weeks here

California

China Ranch, Tecopa California real live desert oasis, date palm farm, hiking, cool little hidden gem
   Joshua Tree National Park Pictures 2 deserts, 2 ecosystems, 5 palm oases, camping for weeks
San Diego California 14 acres of museums, shoreline parks, entertainment, and dining
   Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo 15 museums, eight gardens, koala bears, huge zoo park
   Coronado California classic Hotel del Coronado & Ferry Landing Marketplace, fun day or two
Los Angeles California Griffith Park, Hollywood Boulevard, Farmers Markets, big city life
   Huntington Library California astonishing must see library, art collections, and botanical gardens
   Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden 127 acre botanical gardens well worth the visit
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden focuses on California's native plant species, a little boring
California Beaches, camping, parks an experience best had with a van as most RV's are way too big
   Malibu Beach California where TV and movies are shot and movie stars surf and play
   Chart House Malibu Beach California not the experience we were expecting
   La Jolla Beach California kayak, seals, scenic seaside cliff strolls and great snorkeling
   La Jolla Beach Pictures swim with leopard sharks or with the ocean swimmers in the cold Pacific
   Santa Monica Beach California the original muscle beach and street performers
   San Mateo Beach California great campground with a trail leading to the beach, somewhat secluded
   Silver Strand State Beach California pedestrian trail, grunions, and lots of RVers, crowds of fun
   Imperial Beach California yearly U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition held here, quaint
   Mission Beach California the most popular beach in the City of San Diego, busy upbeat beach
   Venice Beach California gawk, shop, and stroll along the canals, beaches, shops and shows
   Monterey California huge shopping and tourist beaches, expensive and regulated, not recommended
   Santa Cruz California is a fun 1-2 day stop or longer if surfing or kayaking, free parking until midnight
Carmel by the Sea incredible bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods and coastal drives
Big Sur California heavy duty camping, big dark wooded forests, coastal drives, cold country inland
   Ventana Wilderness California more wild mountain lions than anywhere in the United States
California Wine Trip wineries in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, Sonoma, Napa, Los Angeles
   Santa Ynez California Wine Trip 200+ wineries (movie Sideways) charming Santa Barbara County
   Paso Robles California Wine Tasting over 140 beautiful, affordable small to medium sized wineries
   Paso Robles Wine Trip beautiful and friendly wineries, great little town and landscape
   Paso Robles Wine Trip Pictures quiet scenic drives, lazy winery pets and large yard art sculptures
   Sonoma California wine country overview
   Sonoma California Wine Trip estate wineries, art galleries, stunning architecture, affordable tastings
Lake Isabella California free RV and tent camping, lots of hiking trails, water activities like fishing
Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park California
 biggest trees in the world, waterfalls, must see
   Sequoia National Park Foothills very pretty forest, quiet and uncrowded campgrounds, clean
   Sequoia National Park Lodgepole camping is more commercial, all the amenities but more crowded
Kings Canyon National Park Grant Grove the third largest tree in the world found here, big sites
   Kings Canyon National Park Cedar Grove mostly for hiking through sequoia tree groves, relaxing
   Kings Canyon National Park Pictures lots of backcountry hiking opportunities and more remote
Cayucos California on to Hearst Castle great drive, scenic small towns then to the coolest castle in US
Hearst Castle California
 tour the magnificent and historic castle, Neptune pool is unbelievable
   Hearst Castle and Seal Pictures elephant seals, stunning beaches, big castle
Morro Bay California interesting place to hang for a day or two, surfing, boating, waterfront dining
Half Moon Bay California surfing, boating, waterfront dining, unique architecture, easy beach access
Muir Woods California offers super quiet long range heavy tree cover hiking, limited camping, unique
San Francisco the big picture, food, fun dining and a huge cultural scene
   San Francisco California Parking special strategies for parking and getting around the city safely
   San Francisco California stunning city, great atmosphere, China Town, great food, art, shops
   San Francisco California Pictures take time to plan each day for experiences you won't forget
California Coast overview of various Elephant seals, great ocean cliff pictures, beautiful, scary drive
Point Reyes National Seashore California see huge herds of Tule elk while hiking Tomales Point Trail
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens California dahlia blooming season is the best I've ever seen
Death Valley Badwater Basin, Artist's Drive, Racetrack, Sand Dunes, astonishing and one of a kind
Death Valley National Park highlights Artist's Palette, Mosaic Canyon and a castle
   Death Valley RV Camping lots of camping, hotel with natural spring pool, $5 showers for Vanaboders
   Death Valley backcountry camping and hiking where wind moves rocks mysteriously
   Death Valley National Park Wildflowers the right amount of rain at the right time
Alpine Triangle Colorado 600,000 acres of extraordinary easy cheap uncrowded camping 
Afton Canyon California rare water year round in the southern desert, super cheap and nicely remote
Alabama Hills Recreation Area California open desert camping, awesome Sierra Nevada Range peaks
Alturas Recreation Area California river flowing through remote desert plains and evergreen forests
American River North Middle South Forks full rush through 14+ miles of expert level whitewater rafting
Lake Tahoe straddling the California and Nevada borders offers upscale and expensive options
Sausalito across the bay from San Francisco, great views, fun shopping, hard to park

Canada

Vanabode Canada overview of the Canadian portion of this 22 day trip
Vancouver British Columbia clean fun expensive city, lots of outdoor sporting opportunities all year
   Vancouver British Columbia Vacation Pictures Stanley Park, downtown, walking areas, marina
Vancouver surrounding areas Squamish, Horseshoe Bay, Highway 99 Sea to Sky scenic highway
Othello Tunnels Canada Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park extraordinarily deep and old train tunnels
Manning Park Canadian outback encompasses 100,000+ acres in the Cascade mountains, pristine

Connecticut

Mystic upbeat coastal community, world class Mystic Seaport, Mistick Village shopping
Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos offer free fun, fun gaming, free concerts, food, hotels and art
Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam at 122 acres this is a beautiful one of a kind must see 
Silver Sands State Park in Milford 100's of acres of beachs, islands, streams, boardwalks, fun
New Haven offers stunning architecture, Yale University, British Art Gallery Museum , great food
Yale University Art Gallery big well designed galleries of fine art from around the world.
East Rock Park run by Hamden or New Haven, awesome views, great climb, easy to do with a car

Delaware

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge beavers, birds, 1,000's of acres of swamp, harness racing 

Florida

Cape Canaveral the Space Coast is a water lovers paradise, from shuttles to Port Canaveral Pier
Clothing Optional Playalinda Beach crystal clear water, sea turtles, dolphins, swim in private
Jacksonville and Beaches clean beach, poker rooms, Oak Lawn Cemetary, free oceanfront parking
Fort Matanzas National Monument free ferry ride, massive oaks, picnic area, guided tour
Ormond Beach
 includes Tomoka state park, super clean beaches you can drive on, surfing
   Ormond Beach pictures famous hotels, Fortunato Park, hikes, beaches, good priced food
Daytona Beach super clean beaches you can drive on, surfing, great cheap food nearby, easy parking
   Daytona Beach pictures big lighthouse views, biker weeks avoid unless you want lots of action
Boca Raton super clean beaches, Mediterranean styled architecture with luscious tropical foliage
Florida Keys overview page covering how to Vanabode the keys and Miami's famous South Beach
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park discusses the best place to cheaply snorkel in Flordia
Miami South Beach expensive parking if you want to be right on the street right by the beach but fun!
Econlockhatchee River long, winding, beautiful easy to canoe or kayak shallow water Florida river
Mckee Botanical Gardens offers great affordable garden experiences at a reasonable price.
Tosohatchee Wildlife Area massive 30,701 acre preserve with camping, water, animals, bike rides
   Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area Pictures Saint Johns River, alligators, horses
Fort Myers Beach 
- awesome clean wildlife filled Gulf of Mexico beaches, pier, fishing, perfect weather
   Fort Myers Beach Pictures 4th of July, sand, birds, boats, ocean, sunsets, fun family destination
Cape Coral waterfront 400 miles of navigable waterways, more than any other city in the world
Bonita Dog Beach showcases usually at least 50 different dogs every two hours, super clean
   Dog Beach pictures of all breeds joyfully playing together oceanfront in Florida
   Bonita Springs Beach a fairly quiet little beach with gorgeous blue water 
Sanibel and Captiva Island great beaches, clean and clear, pick up shells, lighthouse, fishing pier
   Sanibel Island Beach very expensive for big rigs and motorhomes
   Captiva Island Beach a romantic beach with beautiful sunsets, tropical foliage, more expensive 
Ichetucknee Springs State Park 4 hour inner tube river float in crystal clear water

Georgia

Savannah diverse city full of style, 100 year old oaks, historical architecture, along Savannah River

Idaho

Agency Creek Campground Idaho free camping and very remote private fun during warm months

Illinois

Maple Park Organic Farm combine machine, sleeping under the oaks, grain bins, Chicago base
Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory awesome sell laid out free animal showcase
Navy Pier Chicago's most tourist friendly lakefront venue outside the dozens of beaches
Chicago outside, architecture, boat tours, skyscrapers, Trump Tower, Garfield Park Conservatory 
Chicago inside, art galleries, museums, cultural centers, indoor attractions 
Chicago Millennium Park, includes the Crown Fountain, Chrome Bean, party stage
National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago
Chicago views from the condo in the sky, skyline, day and night shots

Kentucky

Amazon Work Camping Job in Campbellsville in 2018, plus area restaurants and campgrounds
Amazon Work Camping Review 2019, restaurants, campgrounds, road trip pictures

Maine

Mattapoisett to Woods Hole Cape Cod day one - marinas, lighthouses, museum and happy hour
Bar Harbor
 fresh air and fun atmosphere in this small town, sunrises and sunsets with big rewards
Acadia National Park breathtaking rugged coastline with hikes and drives offering spectacular views
   Acadia Park Pictures peaks for adrenaline, peaks for peace, lighthouse, lake, coastal scenic drives
Somes Sound, Seals Harbor, Northeast Harbor bunches of small interesting waterfront areas
Augusta state capital building and state museum peaking into the past and future of this diverse state
Hallowell, Coopers Mills, Wiscasset antique shopping, then lobster roll on the water before sunset 
Boothbay Harbor and East Boothbay fun walking towns, islands, boats, deep water harbors 
Camden to Belfast picturesque waterfront town on the Megunticook, Camden Hills hike, unique shops
Quoddy Head Light State Park stunning oceanfront cliff based hiking, lobster boats, lighthouse 
Rockland Lighthouse on the Breakwater with passing boats and fisherman and shopping 
Grafton Notch State Park stunning high mountain hikes, cliff walks, forest, waterfalls, cold swimming
Portland fantastic waterfront integration with tourist fun and city life, working fishing ports and wharfs
Rangeley Lake area, moose and wild camping, Haines Landing, Oquossoc, Wilson’s Mills, Upton
Lily Bay State Park and Moosehead Lake big wild country, waterways, hiking, camping, moose 
Western Island catch lobster, put in a cage, feed it until they order one for dinner, boil and serve

Maryland

Baltimore Maryland modern waterfront city, best crab cakes I have ever had, nice area not cheap

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