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  1. Default VT to CA via the Southern route--ADVICE and HELP Needed!

    Hello there,

    I am planning a trip from southern Vermont to northern California and am a novice at this. I want to see Washington DC, the Outer Banks of NC, Columbia (South Carolina), New Orleans, Austin, and the Grand Canyon, and then take Highway 1 in CA.

    Advice on the most scenic way to travel between these places, good sites to see, camping, food must-haves.... basically any information would be greatly appreciated! Money is fairly tight and I have about 17 days to complete the trip, give or take a few.

    Thanks so much!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Western/Central Massachusetts

    Default Welcome!

    Welcome to the RoadTrip America Forum!

    That is a bit of a stretch to complete in only a little over two weeks time. By the direct route, it is roughly five days, one-way, to get from Vermont to Northern California. Add the route back and you've got 10 days gone there.

    I would remove the Outer Banks from this trip, and save that for another time.

    How many days were you planning on staying in each place?

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    Default Can you confirm this is a one-way trip?

    It appears so from a literal reading of your original post. Please confirm/correct.


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    My newbie status is showing...I forgot to mention this is a one-way trip. Northern California will be my new home, so I have the full two weeks to do the east to west trip.

    I don't plan on spending much time in each place, since I have lots of stops on my list.

    Thank you so much for your help!

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    One way it is! Sorry to have not mentioned that upfront.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    I would head over to Albany and take I-88 to Binghamton, I-81 to Harrisburg, US-15 to Frederick (with a stop in Gettysburg if you are interested) and I-270 into DC. From there, take US-50 over to the Delmarva and US-13 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel to Norfolk. Head down the Outer Banks all the way to Ocracoke (1 ferry involved) then take the Cedar Island ferry. Take NC-12/US-70/NC-24 to US-17 to Wilmington, then US-74/US-76/US-301/I-20 to Columbia. I-20/I-85/I-65/I-10 will get you to NO. I-10/US-290 will get you to Austin. US-290/I-10 to Fort Stockton, then US-285 through Roswell to I-40 to the GC. I-40/CA-58/CA-99/CA-46 to Cambria, then up the coast on CA-21.

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