Touring - trails.com
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05-15-06, 06:37 PM
Hey all, looking for campsites and/or hotels along a route I'm planning and I was wondering if Trails.com was any good for this sort of thing. I'd sign up for the 14day free trial, but I'm leery of putting my credit card number down on something that's supposed to be free. . . so, anyone use this website? and is it worth $50?
Haven't used it, but be leery- cause you'll forget after a while, and then whammo! You get these bills on your credit card a year later, and you're not using it anymore. So be careful.
Or you can just get a book on the different campgrounds and stuff from borders.com.
You can use something like expedia.com to look up major hotels for free. Small town hotels aren't always in the expedia database though. You can use google maps, yahoo maps, or yahoo yellow pages to look up hotels and commercial campgrounds. For campsites, try state park web sites, national park web sites, recreation.gov, one of the many RV campground search sites, US Corps of Engineers web site, National Forest web site, etc. Lots of free resources out there.
Most small towns have web sites with local business listings. Local hotels and campgrounds should be listed. You can do a search for "bed and breakfast" and the town or state and get lists of those accomodations.
All the above provide free information. If you don't mind doing one the Adventure Cycling routes, they have excellent maps with accomodations along the route identified. Adventure Cycling maps are not free, but have the info you want IF you take one of their maintained routes.
Trails.com may be a fine website, but I believe it is oriented more around hiking and MTB trails than bike touring resources.
I agree with supcom. I did the 14 day trial, then canceled. They they offered by the $50 subscription for $ 25. So I purchased it. I do a lot of hiking and mtbing. However, the sources of the entries are basically other print publications and may not be so recent.
05-16-06, 06:30 PM
In addition to the other suggestions........
Try the local library or bookstore with the same questions. Your likely to come across books in the RV & Travel sections that have many website addresses printed in them too.
05-17-06, 06:04 AM
Barnes and Noble have the best Campground directory, everyone in the USA listed and described
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