First of all, hello to everyone on this site. It looks like a great source of information.
I am planning to fly over to the US, with my family (from North east England) in August 2011.
I originally wanted to drive across the US (East to West). However, after lots of thought we have decided to spend 8 - 10 days on the east coast then 3 weeks over in the West. I am a single dad of 2 girls (13 and 11) and I thought the long driving would be too much for them (although I haven't ruled out the possibility).
We normally go to Florida each summer, but i want to give my daughters an experience of a lifetime they will never forget and show them what the US has to offer. We have a month and this is a very basic plan:
- Fly into Boston (stay 4 nights)
- Fly into Ny (stay 5 nights)
- Fly across to LA (Pick up hire car)
The road trip from LA will be as follows:
- Santa Barbara (1 night) - Morro Bay (1 night) - Monterey (1 night) - San Francisco (4 nights) - Yosemite (3 nights) - Bishop (1 night) - Las Vegas (2 nights) - Zion NP (2 nights) - Grand Canyon (1 night) - Kingman (1 night) - Palm Springs (1 night) - San Diego (2 nights) - LA (5 nights, 3 at Anaheim, 2 at Universal).
What do you think of this plan? as I said it is open to changes and haven't fully decided what to do on the Eastern leg.
Is there anything you would miss out or include?
To be honest I could spend 6 months over in the US and not see what I want, but in reality we have a month. Do you think we will see more doing it this way, compared to a coast to coast trip?
I would really appreciate any advice.