First time posting here, though have read a lot. I am in early days of planning a trip and just wanted to get some initial feedback to help formulate my plans. We are a family of 7 from Australia - our children are aged 6-13 at the moment. We travelled to the States about two years ago sticking to the west coast - flew into San Francisco and drove to Vegas, Grand Canyon, Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim, and LA and so this is all quite fresh in our minds (not that we would mind seeing it all again). My husband has now fallen in love with america and is very keen to go back asap. We are contemplating flying into LA and hiring a car to travel to NY and back. We will have about 30 days give or take in which to travel. My initial thoughts are that we really dont need to spend that much time on the west coast (am only thinking of flying in there because it is about $500 pp cheaper and when multiplied by 7 thats a lot). We want to see New York, Memphis, Orlando as definates - I also would like to see Lake Powell if possible. Apart from these areas I am very open to suggestions and possibilities.
We are interested in scenery (loved the coast in california, the desert around vegas) and sightseeing the natural sights. Of course with 5 kids would need to do the theme park thing in Florida. Thinking Miami should be included.
I realise I have been very vague but as I said its only in the early stages and just looking at options that i can then narrow down. I have studied the maps and do realise the vastness of the nation, and realise how long it takes to drive places after driving in the west.
Thanks for your help guys - looking forward to hearing your insights..