I have just registered with RoadTrip America hoping to get ideas, suggestions on a road trip i am planning with my husband in Mid May to Mid June.
We are originally from the UK and have never driven in the USA and dont know much about US highways :-)
Any advice on how to become familiar would be greatly appreciated...
The following is a rough plan that my husband and i have derived. Im working on adding more details and researching places to visit, stop overs, motels/hotels etc...
So we have about 25 days to explore Western Canada and California, Las Vages and Grand Canyon..
For Canada part of trip not using a car, using local tours, and getting train/seaplane to Whistler.
-Land in Vancouver, explore city, nearby Victoria (2 night stay)
-Head to Whistler, possibly on train, taking in sights, exploring Whistler (2 night stay) looking for potential places to see and accomodation.
-Arrive back in Vancouver, and head to Seattle taking the ferry, (one night stay). Explore city and take domestic flight to San Francisco.
-Arrive into San Francisco, explore city, attractions, pick up car rental. We want to high an american convertible any ideas which would be suitable? (2 night stay)
-Depart San Francisco for LA, using highway 101? Is that the most scenic? Joing highway 1 from Carmel completing the Big Sur route. We want to spend one night somewhere on route between San Francisco and LA? Any recommendations? Places to visit? .
-Arrive into LA, (3 night stay), sightseeing, any good nearby towns that we can visit? Ideas on accomodation? Places to avoid? Gangs?
-Depart LA, and on route to San Diago, (2 night stay) maybe take a tram across to Mexica border, sightsee, visit beaches.
-Depart San Diago and drive to Las Vegas straight, no night stays but any good pit stops? Places to see near by? What route would be a good one? Arrive into Las Vegas for a 2 night stay
-From Las Vegas drive to Grand Canyon, would ideal like to stay in a lodge? Spend 2 nights in Grand Canyon.
-Return car to Phoenix airport, to a flight to New York City for a 4 night stay. End of trip
In terms of places/interests:
Scenic Routes, mountains, glaciers, hiking
Any ideas on places to see, towns, places, beaches to visit, routes highway to take. As you can see my itinerary isnt every detailed yet. :-)
Originally we considered driving from Seattle to San Francisco but our friends suggested there wasnt much to see, so we thought we would save time and take a flight to San Francisco.
On the itinerary we have, would we see scenic routes, ocean, mountains, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for my husband and i as we are relocating to asia, Singapore so wont be visiting USA for a long long time.
I have heard of Malibu, Santa Monica, Carmel and Palm Springs are these places worth stopping over or spending nights in? My itinerary is flexible we can add or minus nights. Both my husband and i would be travelling.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Amber Mrs T. :-)