- October 7, 2021 at 10:13 #53379Irish YankeeParticipant
In the sailing world they’re called Cruising Guides. In this new world to me of Truck Camping I’m not sure what they’re called. Travel Guides? Camping Guides? Anyway, I’m looking for suggestions on what books, apps, and websites people use as they travel and look for interesting places to camp. I’m leaving in a week from the mid Atlantic for an autumn and early winter cruise. I’ll be travelling the middle 48 from Virginia to California as I head west and then returning on a more southerly route in the colder months. I plan to take a total of 3-4 months for the round trip. Most of my experience is in big National Parks campgrounds, state parks, Harvest Hosts, and stealth camping. I’d really like to do some overlanding and also hit some BLM, ACE, and National Forests.
What are your favorite guides, apps, and websites? Thanks for the help!
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- October 8, 2021 at 06:47 #53400Kevin MacAfeeParticipant
There are guides for State Parks, BLM and Corps Campsites available on Amazon.
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- October 9, 2021 at 16:44 #53458Bryan (aka Mustang03)Participant
One of the apps. I use is iOverlander to find places just for the night or longer stays. This is a free app. and is user input.
That’s a really terrific resource! And (for now anyway) free. Always a bonus!
One thing I’m finding annoying about “Apps” is that while some of them are very nice, instead of charging you a fee to download them, many are now subscription-based. You no longer “purchase” an app, you rent it, like Adobe software (hot button for me).
So for most of our trip planning, we so the research ahead of time. We also have an old copy of Garmin “Basecamp”, on which we’ve loaded specific camping spots for most areas we’re likely to travel, separated into BLM, USFS, Nat’l Parks, military campgrounds, Elk’s Lodges w/cg, fairgrounds, state parks, etc. plus boondock sites we’ve found along the way or identified from studying satellite photos. This database goes on a laptop that travels with us.
In addition to the laptop, on the road we will have a hard-copy library of Benchmark and DeLorme state map books. So if we can’t get internet access to check out something like iOverlander or other on-line resources, we’ve got paper to look at!
I’m starting to look at the use of downloadable maps from USGS, which show some promise. If it develops, I’ll be posting something on TCA down the road.
- October 10, 2021 at 22:31 #53486MikeParticipant
Another option to check out is called “Hipcamp”. We used it when we went up to Yellowstone this past spring. Some were off the beaten path and pretty cheap.
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