Whether you’re just graduating high school, retiring, or anywhere in between, many people dream of the adventure of a cross-country road trip. There’s a thrill to making such a long journey with just you, your car, and maybe your friends or family. You can make as many stops as you like along the way, exploring the varied landscape of the country. Often, the trip itself is as exciting as the destination. Here are some of our tips for making a cross-country roadtrip…with Oakland at the end of the trip:

Get Your Car Checked First

A cross-country roadtrip is exciting for its longevity, but that is still quite a bit of miles to put your car through. If your car isn’t in good shape, it may not be safe to make the trip. Make sure that you get your car checked before you set out. Make sure to clean the car before you leave, too, for your comfort if nothing else. If your car is older and you think it might not be able to make it across the country and back, consider renting a car or borrowing a car from a friend. If you want company and they have time, you might even ask that friend to come with you!

Make a Plan

Map out the path from your starting point to Oakland and the roads you want to take. That will tell you the most basic plan — point A to point B. But you likely want your road trip to be more than just a straight shot. So look for interesting attractions and stopping points along the way. These could be anything from a Mothman statue or the largest ball of twine to a famous restaurant or park. Don’t be afraid to be flexible. Your plan will give you a path and a schedule, but if you see something interesting on the way that wasn’t part of the plan, stop and check it out!

Make Reservations in Advance

Chances are you won’t be sleeping in your car. Where do you plan to lay your head at night? You might pack a tent and find some campgrounds where you can sleep amongst nature. You’ll probably also want to book indoor accommodations. Whether it’s a hostel, a motel, or a luxury hotel, it’s a good idea to book in advance. There’s nothing more frustrating than stopping late at night and finding out that there are no vacancies. You might stop at hostels along the way or more affordable locations so you can conserve your budget for the destination.

At the end of your trip to Oakland, stay at Z Hotel. We’re conveniently located near all the bustle of the business and entertainment of Jack London Square. It’s a perfect ending to your road trip adventure. Planning your cross-country roadtrip? Contact Z Hotel Jack London Square today for more information or to book your stay.