For those looking to enjoy the calming effects of this herb, the peaceful nature of Although legal, the regulatory system is not fully in place yet, and this new industry is tough to understand. Which can be worrisome for those visiting from abroad. Some shops have closed awaiting government approval, and some continue to flout the law and are open without full approval.
Some shops may require you to fill in a Membership Application before purchasing. Although legalized across the country, each province is handling things a little differently, and the culture of acceptance here on Vancouver Island is not a reflection of the attitudes across the country. Sheringham Lighthouse, one of our tour stops. Sooke Potholes Park, first stop on the tour. You bring the boots, I'll find the brews!
This full-day multi-stop tour gives you the chance to explore some highlights of the Sooke area. We'll start with pick-up at your front door and make our way to The Sooke Potholes Park to explore the beautiful riverside ecosystem. After about an hour of hiking, we'll make our way to our first brewery stop, at Sooke Oceanside Brewery.
Guests can enjoy a small sample or a tasting board with 5oz glasses of a few brews. Off-sales are available for purchase. Our next stop will be at Bad Dog Brewing. The smallest commercial brewing operation in Sooke, Bad Dog is built inside of a re-purposed 2 car garage, but they still produce enough beer to be found on many liquor store shelves. After Bad Dog, we'll drive further down the coast and stop to view Sheringham Lighthouse, built in this National Historic Site on the Juan de Fuca Strait still functions as a navigational aid.
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Our last hiking stop will be Sandcut Beach just 10 minutes further down the road. After some time to enjoy the seashore, we'll make our way back to Sooke and wrap up the tour at Sooke Brewing Company. Lunch for the day is catered from The Road to Sooke Cafe , with a delicious baked treat, a cup of locally-roasted coffee or tea, latte, ect ect and a healthy sandwich on freshly baked sourdough. We'll stop in Sooke to pick up lunch on our way, and can eat at the cafe if time permits.
Sandcut Beach. Canada's "Gnarliest" Tree, in the upper grove. Stairways and boardwalks keep hikers from carving new pathways. So, those rangers are a definite source of information…. I did a cross-country trip a few years ago with a friend. We had my Honda Civic and we borrowed a cooler that plugged into the car lighter.
That way we could keep food fresh in the car and in our cheap motel rooms, too, just by plugging it into an outlet. We ate lunches and breakfasts out of the cooler and dinners we ate out. We did find lodging was the biggest money suck. So I am looking into getting a used Roadtrek-type self-contained RV. It will pay for itself after a bunch of trips. I blogged my first Roadtrek on my blog Oct. I got the Roadtrek for free so I could blog about it. Very fun! Granola bars for breakfast most days, gives you a quick no hassle start to the day.
WELL insulated cooler, saves money if you have to buy ice. I like a single burner propane stove, good enough to make coffee and great for simple dinners like many of us did in college. Check the web sites where available and print out coupons from their web sites and schedules for museums and parks. Pella IA was still neat though, even if no flowers. Some places are hard to find, print out maps from mapquest or googlemaps so you have them if you need them. Three ring binder, put all your notes in this, you can pull out the ones you need for the day and keep the rest organized. Years later you can pull them out as you are looking at your photos.
I sometimes take nice photos of the good brochures so that I can view them later. Every major trip I take I try to find one christmas ornament that has something to do with the trip. Camping is cheap, but takes time to setup tear down. Get a new ground tarp even if your tent does not need one, keeps the tent clean and off the wet ground. Stay at a motel or KOA every few days so you can get a real shower. Hit a laundromat weekly, limits how much clothing you have to lug around. Read other peoples travel blogs about the same area you are going to that way you learn which things are great and which not.
Something they think is a snoozer might be right up your alley. Remember to have fun. And remember to look after your girlfriend. Needs to be fun for her also, a special piece of clothing from the local artisan My wife has a certain skirt from Santa Fe…. Keep the pace fun. On my Honeymoon Fl and on a few Ski trips. When we got back people were starting to leave looking beat, we were bright eyed and stayed till closing.
One of my favorite memories is being at the top of Keystone ski resort. As we got off the gondola, the lift operator shut the lift down, asked if we were okay and left. Just the wind in the trees me with my girlfriend now my wife of almost 20 years. Remember to make memories. To stop, look around, see the sight, hear the sounds, the smells. Remember to kiss the girl. Sorry this was so long.
Started tripping down memory lane. Need to go look at some pictures now. Remember the three most important rules. Have fun, have fun, have fun. Here are a couple random suggestions. Find and plan to volunteer at a soup kitchen or some such place along the way where you can typically get a free meal out of it. Save up money, and enjoy yourselves. Make the trip about what you plan to see and do instead of how cheap you can do it for. The other nights we camped at KOA. I recommend packing light. If gas is your biggest expense, loading your vehicle down with unneccessary weight will drastically reduce your fuel efficiency.
An extra hundred pounds or more can have a noticeable effect on your miles per gallon. We had talked about hitting the larger places towards the middle of the week just to avoid crowds. Rhea, was the internet free? Kay, What sort of prices have you seen on cabins? Normally we avoid KOAs because their camping costs more than state parks. Lilblueeyes, Yep, we know a lot of random family places to stop by.
Asking them for local ideas is a great idea too, thanks! Camping sounds like the best way to go for accomodation. As for meals for the most part pack a cooler with meats, cheese, fruit and veggies. Stop at local grocery stores along the way to restock. It might be more economical than paying for lodging along the way. It was just a regular van with a high top — it had a bed, kitchen area, toilet, storage cabinets. We were able to sell it for close to what we paid for it.
For my first cross-country trip we camped, and it is not as easy as you think. Setting up and breaking down a campsite every night or two is a pain. A lot of the time, you just end up sleeping in your car. Do you have friends or family who live around the country — try to break up the camping by staying with a friend every so often, if you can work it into your trip.
You will need a break from the road, a hot shower, and a comfy bed. The most interesting trip we did was when we took a southern route, rather than a northern route sorry northerners. I grew up camping up and down the east coast with my grandfather, sometimes up to two or three weeks at a time. We ate meals off campstoves, and packed two coolers loaded with meats, and a couple boxes of canned goods, dried noodle packs, instant potatoes, etc. Two tips I remember from those times related to food: At night, cook twice as much food as you need and toss the rest in a Ziploc container and into the cooler for lunch the next day.
My grandfather boiled water at night to clean utensils, etc. We usually stopped once or twice during the trip to resupply the cooler. I credit these experiences with developing the frugal habits I still have today! Camping on a Shoetring — Western Edition lists many cheap campgrounds. You might need to stock up on water before you stop, but many small towns out here have water and dumpstations available for free or cheap for people camping nearby. Hi, My husband and I have been able to do this in a very non-traditional way. For two years we hauled airplanes for our business and for hire.
We were on the road about one week out of the month. We look back at that time with delight. What great memories. Yes we took our crockpot and hooked it up to the cigarette lighter. Yes we all slept in one hotel room. Yes, we did it cheap. Yes, we took more money home than we started out with. It was great! Makes me want to get on the road again ;-. Then stop at bigger campgrounds or truck stops for your showers. We do this regularly. Perhaps you can get this with GPS.
When we are tired of driving, we pull off onto a dirt road that goes through BLM land and follow it until we come to a good place to camp. And depending on where you are camping, wildlife particularly bears can be a real fear. For people who are trained to use them, I would recommend camping with a firearm. The biggest problem is usually wind in the open land.
Also in CA, open wireless internet is really common. Safeway big chain grocery store and the larger gas stations all have it. Some are in the expensive cities, yet are relatively cheap, and give access to kitchen and laundry facilities in many cases. Consider hand washing laundry; reduces the need to find a laundromat, and you can keep up on clothes fairly well by drying them overnight.
On my first road trip I had a foam pad and woke up sore every morning, but once I got the Thermarest, I slept much better. The National Parks pass is great, especially for out west, but east of the Mississippi there are very few places to use it. Dinners at camp are one of my favorite memories. I usually tried to find the Lipton noodles that required only water like the Teriyaki noodles , then I would add peanuts for a little extra flavor. This increases the air pressure inside your ear canal, which will even out with the higher pressures on the other side of your ear drum.
Thanks, Death Valley! Although I guess we were thinking one right through the middle and one southern. Sorry northerners! We want to be cheap for lots of the trip so we have extra cash to spend on some of the really run and interesting stops. I figure if we save money on lodging and food and avoid overly touristy areas, we can have a lot of fun with the money it frees up. It sounds like you could do at least part, if not most, of your trip along Route And if you or your girlfriend happen to be fans of The Outsiders , you could check out some of these film location sites while passing through Tulsa and maybe catch a movie for cheap at the Admiral Twin :.
I would say car trouble is the number one threat to both your budget and your sanity. Make sure your engine and your tires are in good shape before setting off, and AAA or something similar might be a really good investment. A great easy way for something besides sandwiches for lunch and to have something hot is to put hot dogs into a thermos with boiling water.
We did this for every leg of our road trip last summer. It was a big hit with our kids. I have limited relevant personal experience to offer. I backpacked across the Canadian west for very little but I was hitch hiking and busing bussing? I did pony up for a couple of hostels but that was the exception. Reasonably priced and high good facilities and standards of cleanliness. But really, the internet on vacation? What kind of a vacation involves a computer?
Oh well, to each their own. I thought it was a once in a decade thing. Something you save up for for years and years. That being said, since I found out that most people consider an annual vacation to be essential to living a normal, middle class life, I keep thinking I ought to save up for one. The trouble is, every time I start getting a little bit of savings, some emergency happens, and I end up having to spend it on essentials.
Or every time I accumulate a little leave, my son gets sick, and I have to use half of it. One tip.
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Ice is cheaper and runs even when the car is off. In Dc park on the east side of the river from the national cemetery before 7am by the Roosevelt memorial and get the dc tourist tram for two days. Its expensive 25 dollars a person but you can get on and off all day for the same price. It saves a lot of walking and takes you right back to your car. Bring a cooler when you travel the oj,soda, milk and water are much cheaper at the grocery store. Bring a stove, a pound of the best steak will feed two for a lot less than eating out. Some for less than 30 bucks.
Not first class but if you get a chain motel clean and safe. Get a motel with free breakfast, pig out buy a big bag of chips and it will hold you till dinner. Way back when, I took a pair of twins,wife and a vw bus from nd to south Carolina for dollars,, Used food stamps, stayed at relatives, camped out otherwise, had a great time.
Were gone for 3 weeks. Most of the money spent was for gas. I think that taking buses and other public transport could save you a lot of money. You can take a lot of public transportation for that price. We had a great time and I think this is your best route in the US as well. It is more adventurous as well. My boyfriend and I did a mini version of this over the summer. We were sleeping in the car in emergency room parking lots, but one night the heat was just too much and we scouted out a cheap hotel at about 1 in the morning.
Make sure you leave room in your budget for nights like that…a good shower and a soft place to sleep can be priceless. I also recommend couch surfing, which someone mentioned earlier. Plan ahead and save up! Do you normally save for a vacation? This is a long trip, so you can justify spending a bit more because most vacations are only a week or two, you are doing 4. In addition, if you eat pizza once a week during a normal month, then your vacation budget can also support a night out on the town too.
Double that if you have two cars. When are you leaving? Its right around the corner from the ballston stop on the orange line. I have noticed that the vienna stop has had free parking the last few weekends as well, but im not sure how long that will last the parking arms are up. I dont even have the time off from work for that. Since we are in N. CA, we do short road trips up the coast and stay in a vacation rental for a few days which is cheaper than a hotel, especially since we bring our own food and shop at the local grocery stores and cook since they do have full kitchens.
But to actually travel for longer than outside of California? All that driving wore me out! I dont know if I can deal with a longer road trip. To make a cross country trip in these days with traffic, costs, etc is just unrealistic. You would save money that way because you know the price of gas is only going to skyrocket again.
Why not buy a colman camp stove with two burners and just cook your dinners at your campsite? Also you can buy a plug in cooler it acts as a mini fridge so you can take meat with you or just put your left overs in there and heat up on the stove later.
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Carla, That vacation when I was 17 was an in state, 4 day vacation! Actually, it was great. My mom and I drove down to Mesa Verde. One of the ONLY pleasant things I remember as a kid on our frequent half-way cross country trips was the following snack. Get a bag of bakery rolls from the grocery store, a good chunk of ham, good cheese, and some butter. Make little ham sandwiches and put them in the back window. By the time lunch rolls around you have delicious warm little ham and cheese sandwiches!
She would take a sourdough round, hollow it out, butter the inside, line it with slices of good cheddar, and make a huge omelet that filled up the inside. Put the lid back on and bake it for about 30 min on Then wrap in tin foil. Leave it out on the counter and the next morning pop that in the back window too. Once it warms up you have a wonderful breakfast or early lunch. I just had a great thought for helping save up for our trip! We would save it away, and promise to send them pictures and a letter from the part of the trip that they helped pay for!
There is free National Forest camping a mile south of the South Rim entrance. Also, there is an awesome pizza place that is really worth it! Jon, You are getting such great advice! I would definitely go for the National Park Pass —. I took a camping trip from Florida to Alberta, Canada with a lovely man years ago. He then purchased special silver charms along the way. Charms are relatively inexpensive even in the souvenir shops. I love it!
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It will be an expense but it will last a lifetime and each charm tells a story. Funding idea: How about a PayPal donation button on a site — you can promise regular updates on a special blog free at blogger as a thank you! Never hurts to ask…. I second staying in hostels, at least in DC and other big expensive cities where you plan to spend some time siteseeing. They are usually close to public transportation and have parking spots for your car. Are hostels good for couples? Look on uShip. Easy extra cash for somebody driving across the country.
It was our slightly delayed honeymoon. I can only guess that this was due to some combination of a inaccurate Google Maps estimates, b choosing to take the zig-zagging backroads over the interstate and c an accumulation of short trips to the store, sights, etc. Bear concerns necessitated keeping all camping gear in the car, forcing us into our tent.
After multiple nights waking up with ice on said tent, we decided to suck-it-up and purchase accommodations more often. In the end, we did 14 nights in hotels and 15 nights camping. State parks are cheaper than national parks for our trip, the National Parks Pass we purchased was a waste of money because we only used it twice. We ate mostly vegetarian. We used a Coleman 2-burner with a propane attachment, since propane is so much cheaper than standard stove fuel.
Having a couple of big, fun, relatively expensive things to look forward to helped justify cooking yet another meal with gloves on. It is connected to Ballston Mall in Arlington VA and you can easily walk to the Ballston Metro subway stop on the orange which takes you into DC with no subway transfers. I used to park there on weekends to take excursions into DC using the stop at the Pentagon subway, but no more. Also campfire cooking can take a lot of time. It takes time to get fire started and cooking is difficult in the rain.
Plus you have to have firewood -maybe not easy to find in picked clean campsites and another thing you have to buy and carry around. A small single gas burner that screws on top of the a propane bottle is much easier to carry and store, cleaner to use and the propane bottles can be purchaed at most sporting good stores, K-Marts, Walmarts. I would definitely bring this or some type of gas cook stove in case the fire cooking does not work out.
As the risk of spoiling your fun, why not just give up on the trip entirely and save your money? You could work instead, earn money, and save for the future. Pick up a book about travel at a used bookstore and read it. Taking a long vacation, even budget now, just seems… unseemly.
Wendy — Wow, really? It seems to me that now, more than ever, people need to take a break from the pressures of their lives to get away and have some fun for a while. Vacations are vital to mental health. Jean — hear! Also, take advantage of the public libraries in town. Many of them will have free wi-fi and internet access. Wendy, have you not gone on a road trip in your life? The expense is not that great in the big scheme of things. Life is not all about working. If you wait you may not ever get to go. My only advice is the same as the rest of the people. Enjoy your time.
Talk to people on the way, go to local establishments. Take time to go off the beaten path. The winter after I had just graduated college my friend Mike and I made a cross-country road-trip from Boston to California and back. Naturally, as we were just out of school, our budget was small. Our money-saving strategies included: -We designed our route and timetable so as to be able to stay with relatives, friends and friends-of-friends when possible.
This was also a great way to see the local sights. People love being tour guides in their own town. State parks were the best: cheap and often included shower facilities. In hindsight I would consider the cost of daily ice replenishment vs. Although Dan comment 51 points out some downsides -for example it only runs when the car is on.
Propane is widely available and cheap. Firewood is hard to transport, expensive to buy and it takes a long time to prepare a good cooking fire. Unforeseen expenses included: -the car broke down. Unexpected things will happen, so be prepared to change your plans when they do.
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Hope some of this helps. Have a great trip. Remember even if you do go a little over budget, it should be a trip you will remember for a lifetime. Not only is the lodging cheap, but people shared their park passes with us. So we met up with other people and traded. Also, my dh was in the reserves so he got to stay on Army bases when he did his trip cross country. Also, look up friends? Brand travel guides were fantastic for cheap local eats. I have seen a huge range of ages at these places! We had a choice of sleeping arrangements and chose to sleep in a real tee pee! Before the trip, we joined U.
Generally, you do a two-night stay with each host long enough to get acquainted, not long enough to impose , at no cost other than your goodwill and your Servas membership. Cheaper than paying for gas, you get to play cards as you go, you can throw in some overnights if you want to save some time, and you meet fascinating people. There might not be free wireless EVERYwhere you visit, but generally there will be in the bigger cities.
Just research where these places are and make a short stop! I went on a roadtrip for 2 weeks about 2 years ago with 2 other friends, starting from Houston, TX, and we made our way to Los Angeles, CA. I had some free time between graduating from undergrad and starting graduate school so we took this opportunity to make the trip!
Not completely cross country, but still a good deal of driving. Now this may not be completely cost effective, but we rented a car for the trip because none of us had big enough cars for the trip and none of us wanted to put that many miles on our cars either! At the time, we were all under 25 too so it took quite a few phone calls to figure out where we could get the best deal for renters under I had wanted to camp more but we ended up only camping out once.
This put us all in better moods while being stuck with each other for the duration of the trip! Vegas was about halfway point on the trip and we stayed there longer to relax from all the driving. The National Park pass definitely was good to have. Our trip also involved a canoing trip so that increased out cost significantly.
And of course, set aside a certain amount for extra costs. We made reservations for everywhere we went— online prices are generally cheaper than paying right there. Of course, this meant that I had to plan out in detail where we would be each night. I used multiple travel guidebooks and researched online for the best priced places. I did the same for restaurants, picking out when we would eat out or find a grocery store. I happen to be a foodie though so I also searched for good, cheap local restaurants. Gas does add up and some places are more cost-efficient to go in the future for a long weekend trip on a plane ride.
We just took the shuttle that went around the top of the canyon. This is coming from someone who loves the outdoors and doing outdoorsy activities. My husband and I have done a month-long road trip twice, the most recent being August Both trips we intended to camp, but it eats up too much time. We slept in the car at tourist welcome centers and truck stops. Packing light is essential for comfort if you sleep in the car. To save room, take easy-care clothes and lots of quarters for laundromats.
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We mailed one copy to our house and one to my parents. Not having to keep track of them during the trip was a relief. I made a similar trip out west from Columbus, OH back in Get a gas credit card, like the BP one by chase. The savings will add up. Being gone for 30 days should earn you more than a few free stays.
If you arrive at a hotel late after 9 or 10pm , keep bargaining for a lower rate. Pinpoint where all your family members, friends, acquaintances and such live all over the country. Most people are cool with you staying on a couch for a night for free. They may even feed you. If you were in a fraternity, try staying at a frat house. Bring a cooler and pack food. Sandwich making materials, chips, etc, are still cheaper than fast food. We drove almost entirely on two-lane highways, and almost no interstates.
This book taught us about the towns we passed, pointed out places of interest, etc. We saw so many great sights because of this book that we would have missed otherwise. So this is not an additional expense, unless you end up eating out a whole lot more than usual on your trip. Figure out how much you spend each month on food and just stick to that budget for the trip. Essentially allows you to fit a 1 month cross-country trip into 2 weeks… because you get to Washington in 5 hours as opposed to weeks.
Taking a walk through a small town, conversing with shop owners, going to church where you never would have before — these can be worth SO MUCH more than 6 hours at a tourist trap. My guess is that after a week of seeing tourist traps, they will start to blend together and the experience of seeing the rest of the country, and its citizens will be the over-arching memory. Put some plastic and an old towel under where the cooler will sit. And never drain all of the water. The water is what cools the food.
You can start off your trip with one or two of custom-sized blocks of ice that you make by freezing water in the tray that comes with the cooler. Make one block and store it in a garbage bag while you make the other. But the blocks will last quite a while and keep the bag ice from melting as fast. Make new ice blocks every time you stay with friends.
I agree with staying out of the tourist traps. It helps to research an area ahead of time though. I like to join local web forums and blogs and ask the members for great places to eat, shop, neighborhoods, what to see, etc. I might try the donation idea — I was already planning on running a separate blog for the trip. I just hate asking random people for donations like that, especially since the only people who would even know about it right now are reading a frugality blog! If I did it I would definitely promise to keep track of whose money we were using at different locations so we could send a pictures and a thank you letter showing what they helped us do.
My family and I usually take a 2 week long trip from southern ontario, to the canadian east coast. We have joined as many free points clubs as we can find. We use the cards throughout the year, and just before, or sometimes during, the trip, we cash them out for things like gas cards, grocery store gift cards, etc. I looked through the comments and saw a few people suggest state parks for camping, which is a great idea.
They do require advanced reservations. It a memoir of his trip around the country via small highway and by himself. Sometimes sad, scary, but always beautiful. You include the link to WeJustGotBack. Thanks for the link but you should have mentioned that article in your post! You can sometimes get in touch with local networks of veg oil drivers and use them as a source as you go. Hostels are not just for young people. You have to share a bathroom but there is a kitchen and laundry facilities.
In small towns, family-owned hotels can be cheap. Not mentioned yet: Safety First! We found ourselves in a shady small town but decided to keep driving to the next town even though it was late. Food: Grocery Store. Supposing this was true, the opportunity cost of the trip is pretty low. For me personally travel ranks as one of the very most enjoyable activities life has to offer. Figure out how much you want to spend per day, and then take it out as a cash every day get ATM card which does not charge fees and limit your spending to that.
This is how I always travel. Or you can do it with credit card just as easily, if you prefer. Consider taking the bus instead of driving. You are guaranteed to meet a whole lot of very interesting characters which you would never meet, ever, if you are stuck inside your car in your own universe though, less so, since you are not traveling alone.
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It will just keep you tied up indoors at the very time you should be out be enjoying the world and becoming more familiar with the people of our world. Write the trip report after you get back. The rest of the world can wait. Also the laptop is one more thing to have to worry about, which can get lost, broken, etc. Have fun and have the time of your life. You only live once. In September I spent a week in the car with my fiance, his 12 year old son, and my dog all in a Ford Focus no less. We like to cook and we like to eat out. We budgeted some money for eating out and brought food with us.
Camping fees vary state by state and campground by campground. The more popular, the more money. Oatmeal and yogurt were good choices for breakfast. If you have a thermos, the oatmeal can cook overnight. When your checking out places to stay it would be something to look at. Their website should be able to tell you if they do or not.
I also agree with getting AAA. They also have lots of travel information, I enjoy their tour books and they are free to members, they also have some camping tour books. A couple of years ago, my cousins did a cross-country road trip. They pulled off the highway at every Red Roof Inn and used the free wi-fi just by parking in the parking lot. Also, tell everyone you know about your trip.
Maybe friends-of-friends or cousins-of-cousins can offer you a place to stay. If you can be charming for a few hours, you can probably get referred to more people as you go. They had to cut it a bit short I think they made it from Oregon to Virginia but it was an amazing experience. Have fun! I noticed a few people mentioned CouchSurfing and I just wanted to say that I have tried this several times and had great luck with it my parents have done it too. Tends to be really nice people who are registered and they always do nice things like offer dinner and showers. They may even have a guest room rather than a couch, like my parents do.
I usually try to buy them a drink or something in return for their kindness in letting me stay. For some people staying with strangers is not their thing, but you sound open to experiences. Our country is an amazing place. You will love your trip. So have some of my friends. I thought that was pretty neat since her kids were happy with that. For me, the food is part of the fun. That defines vacation for me—no cooking! National Parks Pass. Visit the parks. But there are lot of amazing sights out west. There are many canyons. Try the Petrified Forest too. Yellowstone, Tetons, etc.
But, the caves in the east were neat, too. Walking into a store, paying retail I usually shop sales and loss leader type items and then having to store it, and possibly throwing it if it spoils, gets squishes, uneaten, etc. We got pretty fast at setup. If your tent is small, you can do it in a few minutes—my kids could do theirs in less than 10 minutes—esp.
Stay with friends is a great idea. They usually do want to show you around and at least our friends seemed delighted to have us. Everyone that I know understands the need to save money when possible. Drive the freeways if you want to get somewhere faster. This lets you buy at the cheapest gas stations and still get the discount. We bought souvenirs at each place…either a Christmas tree ornament or something that could be made into a Christmas tree ornament.
Every Christmas we remember the places we go as we decorate the tree. You can do it reasonably. We spent 2 months with our carryons Our whole family of 7 traveled in an Astro van—each person had a carry on size—we needed dress clothes as well as knock around.