Im planning to come to the US for the first time in December. The purpose of my trip is to see the sites of america, see alot of sporting events and just relax. I will be coming over with my girlfriend and then meeting my cousin a couple of days into the trip in New York. I have a few questions though as I have never been to the US and I was hoping you could help me out. Here is a run down so far of my trip. Im still waiting for some sport schedules to come out to properly plan my trip:
Will be flying into Loiusville, Kentucky on Friday the 4th of December. There we would take in some sights and catch a basketball game on the night of the 5th at the University of Louisville. That night we would fly out (or early that morning) and fly into Charlotte, NC to see the a NFL game (tight turn around I know) We would stay in Charlotte for couple of days and then take a amtrak train to Washington DC around the 10th. We would stay in Washington for a day or 2 to see all the sites and then make our way to New York to meet my cousin where would spend at least 5 days.
From New York it\'s a little unclear on where we would would go. Either down to Miami or somewhere along the east coast. Can anyone suggest some nice places to visit. Either by rental car, train or fly?
From whichever destination we choose before hand we end up in Colorado around the 17th. I have looked into some mountain cabins which would be a nice change from staying in the heart of the city. Most of the cabins are 35-40 miles west of Colorado springs. Can someone tell me how far away that is from the Denver/Colorado airport and how far it is from the city of Denver? While we would like to relax and be able go skiing and snowboarding (girlfriends first time in snow) we don\'t want to be to far away from the city. I emailed Colorado Cabins and he told me most cabins are about an hour drive from the city of Denver. Can anyone confirm this?
We would pickup a rental car upon arrival in Colorado and then have it for the remainder of our trip. Once we are done in Colorado we want to drive to Los Angeles. Am I correct in saying that we can either drive through Utah or Arizona? How long would the drive be at that time of the year?
We would likely stay in LA for around 3 days and take everything in. From there we would drive up to San Fransico and stay there for Christmas. I have read some reports that the average travel time from LA to San Fran would be around 10 hours? An what route would you suggest for me?
From San Fran we would then drive to Las Vegas where we would stay from the 26th to the 1st of January. In Vegas we would see most of the sites and do all the regular tourist stuff.
Depending on my girlfriends work she might have to fly home on the 2nd. My cousin and I would then continue our trip. Maybe by driving up to Oregon or flying back to the east coast to Tennesse to see some more bball games.
Any information anyone has would be much appreciated. If someone recommends staying longer or shorter in some plances please let me know as im just
planning this trip as I go.