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  1. Default Round trip of America- hints and tips please!

    Hi everyone,

    Our road trip is currently consisting of:

    Miami to Boston (following the East coast)
    Boston to Chicago (Inc. Niagra falls, toronto)
    Chicago to San Fran (Inc. mt Rushmore, wounded knee mem, yellowstone, SLC)
    San Fran to New Orleans (Inc. LA, Las vegas, San Diego)
    New Orleans to Miami

    This is only a rough idea at the moment - so any suggestions and stop off's are extremely welcome.

    My boyfriend and I are from England and are planning this almighty road trip starting in May 2009 for 3 months. Please could anyone advise us on the best bits to see and do and the best routes to take. This will be our first travelling experience and want to make it as memorable as possible, not forgetting our tight budget!

    Any help will be very much appreciated! looking forward to hearing your advice.

    Thanks

    (Editor's Note: We generally move trips longer than a month into this "Off the Beaten Path" section of the Forum)
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 09-01-2008 at 11:45 AM.

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    Default Lots More

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    With three months at your disposal, you can see a lot of the US on a route similar to what you have at the moment, but other places you should have a look at include the Cape Canaveral, the Outer Banks, the Great Smoky Mountains, the GReat Lakes, the South Dakota Badlands, Yellowstone, the Pacific Coast Highway, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Big Bend. Plot those out on a map of the U.S. and adjust your route to see those that appeal to you. There are, of course, many more places to visit, but those would be some of the highlights.

    AZBuck

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    Default I agree

    Try to add at least those places AZBuck mentioned. I'd suggest more places but I'd prefer to get an idea from you about what types of things you want to see and do on your trip first.

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    Thanks for the suggestions - were very interested in adding them into our trip we checked out those places and all look and we can easily add them to our journey.

    As for an idea of what we want to do - - everything and anything!

    we want to see the typically tourist areas as well as some local sights that arn't so commmercialised. - were thinking of camping in some parts to keep the cost down so any national parks or camping plots that you could reccoment would be helpful.

    Also because we don't want to be constsantly driving were thinking off stopping in certain places for 3-6nights but obviously these stops are going to be restricted - we think definatley california will be one stop and one of the national parks (not sure which one yet) and maybe NY - are there any other places that we would benefit from staying there longer than one ro 2 nights?

    Also as were both under 25 and are looking to rent a car for the whole journey do you know of any goo dcompanies that offer good deals to young drivers??

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    Hi there,

    Also because we don't want to be constsantly driving were thinking off stopping in certain places for 3-6nights but obviously these stops are going to be restricted - we think definatley california will be one stop and one of the national parks
    Yes, it's good to take time in certain places and enjoy the surroundings, for me Yosemite is one of those in California where you would want at least 2 nights. Of course, nearby there is Kings canyon and Sequoia so it's possible to have 6 or so nights in an area where you may only need to travel a few hours in between. Probably no place more so then some of the lovely parks in Utah and Arizona, a few hours from Vegas you have such wonders as Death valley, Zion n.p, Bryce canyon, Antelope canyon, Grand canyon and Monument valley to name a few.

    Here is the National parks website. It is easy to navigate to all there parks across the states and then offer good advice on each one individually, including camp grounds and fees.

    Also as were both under 25 and are looking to rent a car for the whole journey do you know of any goo dcompanies that offer good deals to young drivers??
    I don't think they exist unfortunately, you can only keep hunting for the best possible deals.

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