Hi, I am new to this forum. I am planning to visit the US - not fixed the date yet. Poss 2012 or 2012, but it would be from April to July. I hate flying so instead of coming over and "doing" different areas each year, I thought the best idea would be to fly into NY, hire a car and fly back out of NY. (Minimise the flying!) I'm planning on traveling around 3 months and seeing all 50 States (cruise up to Alaska and, if I can pluck up the courage - fly out to Hawaii for a few days) - if that is at all possible in the time span.
I have been patiently trying to work out how to do it without zigzagging up and down the country, or going backwards and forwards like a yoyo!! I'd be happy to consider Amtrak for some of the way if that would cut driving time. Maybe car hire from NY, all the eastern states down to Fl, across to Louisiana, up to Chicago. Then I get stuck! Its all those states in the middle that are confusing me! At the end, when I eventually get to CA I would go up the coast to WA and then get train back to Chicago via MT ND MN, pop up to see friends in Canada then do the New England corner before ending up back in NY.
Any advice would be very welcome and thanks in advance.