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  1. #1
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    Default Aussie roadtripping the US

    First up, great site and a great community you have set up here, heaps of good advice too.

    Im an Australian living and in the US for the year, I have from mid June to late August off work. So I'm thinking its a perfect opportunity to take in this beautiful country.

    Currently in Oregon, I'm ultimately wanting to get to New York. Its been a dream of mine since i was a kid.

    This adventure that im planning takes me...
    -Down the West coast, San Fran...then dropping in on a friend in Santa Cruz.
    -Picking up a mate in LA then on to San Diego
    -Phoenix, Albuquerque, Amarillo

    Then I need to fill the gap between here and Memphis....any suggestions?!

    -Hitting New Orleans after Memphis then working my way up the East coast, Jacksonville, DC, Philly then New York.

    Im dreaming large here! Im loving thinking about it, and cant wait for June to roll around.
    So with the above, has anyone done the same route? Any suggestions for must see locations to stop at? (I know its a broad outline!)

    Any advice/suggestions/tips would be greatly appreciated from this Australian.

    Cheers

    Eddy

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    Default Something's missing

    Hi Eddy, and welcome.

    The first thing that strikes me, as I read through your post, is the focus on cities. Have you already had an opportunity to visit the National Parks of the west?

    With some ten weeks, you certainly have the time to do a loop to NYC and back, and include a visit to the jewels in the crown - Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Arches, Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verda National Parks, and the dozens of other wonders of nature.

    Lifey in Melbourne
    Last edited by Lifemagician; 05-02-2011 at 11:43 PM.

  3. #3
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    Thanks Lifey!

    Yeah I would love to weave some parks into the mix, have been to the Canyon and the Valley of Fire when i was in Vegas for a week. And that was sensational to see.

    Yosemite will definitely be achieved as I work my way down the West coast.

    People have asked me, when I ask them about places i should go, are you a city or a nature person?...and to be honest I'm a bit of both. So i will work some more natural wonders into the schedule : )

    Eddy

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    Default A couple of resources

    Eddy, It is very possible to design a trip with a nice mix of both. A couple of resources which may be of benefit to you are:

    a) A good map of the country - AAA's is as good as any
    b) The NP site.

    One warning: Once you learn about each park, you won't want to miss it.

    Lifey

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    Thankyou for the nps link that will come in handy for sure.

    I enjoy when the weekend comes around, diving into the maps and the possibilities that the trip may bring! : )

    Hurry up June!

    Eddy

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