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  1. Default NY to LA via Appalachians, the SE and onto Route 66 to Vegas then LA

    Hi all, we are after some advice/tips for a road trip in June from NYC to LA. We have 18 days after leaving NYC to get to LA to fly back home to Australia. 3 of these days will be staying in Las Vegas. We have travelled the West coast and the Rockies 2 years ago, so this time we'd like to fill in some gaps and check out the SE and southern parts of the US. We were thinking of going through Pennsylvania, Virginia, through the Appalachians, then heading Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and then jumping onto route 66 somewhere through Oklahoma and continuing on to Vegas and then lastly onto LA.
    Is this basic route achievable in 15 days (NY-LV)? How many days should we set aside for Appalachians and Smokey Mountains, i had planned on 2-3.
    Is it worth going a bit further south and going to New Orleans and then cutting acroos Texas to join back onto the old Route 66?
    We have already been to the Grand Canyon, so we wouldnt need to spend much time on our way through there to Las Vegas.
    We are both mid 30's, are tourist and do touristy things(Ha!). We enjoy scenic drives/routes and visiting interesting landmarks and attractions. Does anyone have any recomendations on what we should not miss (or should!).
    Thanks in advance for all and any help.

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    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Time enough.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Depending on your finalised route, you could drive it quite comfortably in 6 or 7 day's, so with 3 day's in Vegas you have 5 or 6 day's to 'play' with, or 3 to 4 taking an extra couple of days around the Appalachians. Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans,[?] Santa Fe are all major places you could make stop overs at and soak up the atmosphere. There will be many route options, and you are going to have to research a little to make things fit, for example if you think New Orleans and South is worth it or not when you compare it to other options.

    The one thing you should know is that Route 66 was decommissioned years ago and replaced by Interstate, with only small stretches of the original road existing. One main part is through Seligman between the Grand canyon and Vegas.

    Have a look around the forums and other road trip planning pages above [roadtrip routes etc]for ideas and get the map books out. When you have done a little research we can help fill in the blanks.

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