Hai Drive Gurus,
Came across this site while researching for my US trip next year, this is an awesome resource for plannig a trip, hats off to the contributors and mods here.
Planning a C2C in October, 2010 from NY to LA, some questions remain:
1.Me and wife can take off 5th to 28th Oct, 2010, can stretch this to 25 days max. Just finished 2700 kms of Europe last month and UK end to end and lake district in between, 3380 kms inside UK. Have done most of the drives in India, so we're two petro-heads and love it.
Seriously thinking of US C2C, want to follow what's suggested by one poster already:
New York > Washington DC > Pittsburgh, PA > Chicago, IL > Omaha NB > Denver CO > Albequerque NM > Grand Canyon AZ > Las Vegas NV > Los Angeles CA.
Looks fine to us, have some friends on the way and can stay with them. Have found that the one way drops with Enterprse, Europe Car , Avis are all around 1000$, total rental pipping the 3K $ mark, expensive, but I don't see a way around that. Yes, there are round trip alternatives as suggested here, but that would stretch to 6K miles and may be 35-40 days, a trade off has to be made. Now the questions:
1. Found that 2009 October had the lowest temperatures across US with early snowfall, the earliest in history for a long time with white-outs in many places. Assuming 2010 would follow suit, how would driving conditions be in US during October. Have done some snow driving in Himalayas not not much on the plains and long-distance. And what are the normal driving October conditions on the above route if snow falls start at normal times?? Lots of questions.......but please..... important for us to decide.
2. Would an Indian with a tourist visa for the duration of the tour, valid Indian Driving Permit in English and an International Driving Permit be able to drive in all states of the US? Heard that Nevada needs a US licence ???? Not Sure?? Any other states need US diriving permits for a tourist? The car rental agencies seem to be OK with my licences, we did OK in Europe and UK with our Indian Licence and IDP.
3. What is the other best time for a C2C drive in US? If October is going to be a big problem than we can explore some time earlier which is not the touristy season.
Thanks in advance to all the US Drive Gurus here.