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  1. Default Texas to California - 1st time roadtripper - solo

    So I am moving out of Texas to the West Coast. Going to pack my necessary belongings into my convertible, and just drive, dropping by at various cities, some of them visiting friends, and having no real time limit, taking my time. This is my first time taking such a road trip, and need help, suggestions, on where to go, what to do, etc. My very very tentative itinerary is:

    Austin
    Fredericksburg
    El Paso / Mexico
    Tucson
    Phoenix
    Grand Canyon
    Hoover Dam
    Las Vegas
    Death Valley
    Los Angeles
    San Diego
    San Jose
    San Francisco
    Yosemite
    Lake Tahoe

    I will end up probably in LA or SF temporarily, and need to fly out to meet some family in China in mid Sept., so I guess there is some kind of a deadline. I am thinking of departing Houston July 27th, giving me about two months for this trip. Do you think that is sufficient time, or should I leave earlier? I will have friends' places to crash in: Austin, El Paso, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco. I am on a tight budget, so I am kind of worried about the Grand Canyon stop, and how it might really hurt my wallet, especially since it's the summer... I will try and input more information as people discuss more in this thread. I do know that my LA to SF segment has to be on the coast, Highway 1, don't know much other than that.

    Also, for any photographers out there, do you feel that road tripping and visiting cities are better with a wide angle zoom or a standard zoom lens? I have a canon rebel xti (1.6x crop factor), and am deciding between the 10-20 and 17-50 zoom ranges. i have a 50mm prime arleady...

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    Default Sounds like heaven to me

    Quote Originally Posted by wt888usa View Post
    ...and just drive, dropping by at various cities, some of them visiting friends, and having no real time limit, taking my time.
    That trip description is about as close to heaven as any of us on this forum might describe -- Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum.

    There are lots of tips about solo road trip adventuring here. Here are a couple:
    Beginner's Solo travels
    An overview article I wrote
    Austin
    One of the RTA contributing writers is based in Austin and if you use his name -- Aaron Reed as the keyword search, you will find all sorts of fun places to explore around Austin. Here is his most recent one
    Hoover Dam
    I just wrote one about the new Colorado River Bridge.
    Here are some suggestions about the next few places on your list.
    I am on a tight budget, so I am kind of worried about the Grand Canyon stop, and how it might really hurt my wallet
    We generally use $125 per day as the standard for road trip costs. How long can you go at that rate? Here are some more tips.
    Bucks for the basics -- hint increase for current fuel prices
    Stetching your food dollars!
    Also, for any photographers out there, do you feel that road tripping and visiting cities are better with a wide angle zoom or a standard zoom lens?
    I prefer standard zooms.

    Mark

  3. Default the american dream

    i've done cross country road trips from cali to florida twice. once driving solo east to west, the other with my sister from west to east. the trip from texas to cali, to me, is the quintessential road trip.

    i don't know much about texas.

    new mexico is amazing. everytime i've driven through it, i've stuck to the northern half, along I-40. taos is about 1.5 hours north of the interstate and is beautiful. mountains, rio grande gorge, sage brush for miles. spent a few nights there on a couple of occasions. highlight for me was sipping cans of tecate down by the rio grande on a hot summer day. the food is new mexico is also great!!! if you are around taos i highly recommend checking out guadelajara restaurant. tacos are for real. so good.

    generally, driving through the southwest is amazing. desert, mountains, wild thunderstorms, more desert, more mountains, and so on. try to wander away from the interstates and you will feel your place in the universe. it's an incredible feeling being so small in such a large expanse of space as a highland desert. something we just can't get on the east coast. lots of cool little diners on route 66, and weird little shops and old closed down buildings. signs of the past.

    hoover dam is awesome! you drive right over it! when i was there last summer it was nearly 110 degrees, so wear light clothes. didn't pay the 8 or 10 bucks to go into the visitor center, but got some awesome photos along the dam walkway. check out the construction going on above your head. they are building what looks to be the most incredible overpass i've ever seen.

    vegas is amazing. if you just accept it for what it is, and if you like feeling like a ridiculous tourist. go to the biggest souvenir shop in the world, halfway between the strip and downtown. go downtown to see some of the older casinos, and where rooms are waaayyy cheaper than on the strip. four queens is pretty reliable as far as cheap hotel rooms. also stayed at the imperial palace onthe strip for a pretty low price and got upgraded to a balcony room with a view of the strip.

    my favorite place in the world is death valley. spent a few days meandering through the mojave national preserve, then death valley, and it was spiritual. sand dunes, crazy salt formations, joshua trees, rocks, rocks, and more rocks. you have to get deep into the desert, away from the crowds and away from the cars, and just find yourself a spot to sit and think. although, i was there in the spring when the temperature was just right. don't know if summer would be a pleasant experience.

    sorry, i can really go on and on and on about this topic because there is just SO MUCH to see and it's an incredible experience. one piece of advice: if you are planning on going to more than one national park, go ahead and buy a yearly pass. it's only a little bit more than your admission, but will allow you free entrance to all parks for a year. sooo worth it. i think it costs 50 bucks. this will get you into yosemite, grand canyon, and death valley, and anywhere else you go this year.

    good luck!

    also--check out the airplane graveyard in mojave. might be a cool place to take pics if you can find it.

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