When booking a Trek America trip you are warned that some days are quite long travel days (the USA is huge after all). Day 3 was our first ‘van appreciation day’. The key is to get involved and have fun, this will make the travelling go extremely quick.
*On May 29th 2019, I travelled with Trek America on their Grand Trek tour for six weeks around the USA. We began in New York, travelling south to the West Coast, then North back to the East Coast. I am not affiliated with Trek America. Read all my Trek America posts here. *
Steven F Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum
Our main stop to break up the long travel day was a visit to Steven F Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum. It is actually connected to the one we visited in Washington so we were pretty excited to see even more exhibits. This museum is made up of two large hangars which displays thousands of air and space artefacts.
I love aviation (read about my flying lesson here), therefore, I really enjoyed visiting these museums.
Space Shuttle Discovery
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Later that day we arrived in Bristol, TN. This was our first time staying at a KOA brand campsite. Towards the end of the trip we felt comfort when we knew that we would be staying at a KOA as the facilities were always pretty good.
That night we had drinks and s’mores around the campfire. By this point we were really getting the hang of setting up camp, cooking dinner and washing up. The duties are rotated so that everyone is doing something and one group has the night off. Once finished though, the evening is yours to enjoy!
The next morning we packed up the campsite and made our way to Ocoee, TN. We had a couple of pit stops along the way, one of the stops we got to do a moonshine tasting. It’s okay to feel tipsy in the morning when you are on holiday, right?
We also stopped at a Bass Pro Store, if you are from the UK I would definitely go in and check this place out, it’s like no other. It’s still crazy to see guns so easily available – incredibly sad to hear about the shootings in Ohio & Texas recently.
Activities are optional
There are activities included in a Trek America trip, there are also some that you can pay to do. The stop in Ocoee was mainly for white water rafting. As someone who cannot swim/not a strong swimmer, I didnt think it was a good idea to go. Luckily there were two others who also sat out the activity, so we went to the bar and wandered around the campsite. It turns out a relaxed afternoon was just what we needed.
That evening there was an event on at the campsite and it was very busy. Seriously, we had a group complain when we arrived and set up our tents that we had taken ‘their space’, yet they hadn’t pitched their tents. We thought here we go, they will be complaining we are making noise later.
Luckily, because it was so busy the whole campsite was loud. We spent the night drinking and played ring of fire. We even had some other people join us who were on the campsite. I always find the most random nights turn out to be the best!