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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Shoalhaven Heads,NSW,Australia

    Default Road trip from San Francisco to New York - May 2012

    We are planning a road trip from San Francisco to New York in May this year and would like some advice on our route and possible pitfalls
    Regards Gerry Groom

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Not Much to Go On

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    You've pretty much just listed the two terminal cities for I-80, so with nothing else to go on, it's hard to tell you any other route than just get on I-80 and drive 'til it ends. As for pitfalls, the two biggest would be not leaving enough time to make the trip - 5 days minimum just for the drive plus any time you want to spend seeing things along the way - and not having any ideas for what you want to do other than get there.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Shoalhaven Heads,NSW,Australia


    Thanks AZBuck..............very clear and concise advice.

    We have approx 2-3 weeks so it looks like time will be on our side. This is our SF/NY segment of our trip. We are leaving Sydney, Australia on 15th April by cruise ship and docking in SF 29 days later. We will then hire a car and make our way to NY. Following that we want to go to Mexico. If we go by road, what route would you advise or should we fly because of the hire car problems we may encounter. After Mexico we will try and get a cruise ship back to Australia.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default still little

    2-3 weeks is plenty of time to make the trip. But you still haven't told us really enough to give you much help.

    What kinds of car hire problems are you expecting to encouter that would prevent you from doing this as a driving trip?

    For routes, as Buck mentioned, I-80 is the direct route, but the bigger question is what do you hope to see and accomplish during your trip. Once you've got some ideas, other than 2 points on opposite ends of the continent, then it really becomes a matter of finding the roads that fit.

    As far as what to do in the middle, we have not idea what you are interested in, so there's no way for us to narrow down the millions of possibilities. At the very least, I'd suggest getting a big map and simply looking to see all the things that are in the middle. Once you've got at least a basic outline of an idea, then we can start helping you put a plan together.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    If you were thinking of taking a rental car down into Mexico, that WOULD be a problem. Most rental car companies in the US do not allow their cars south of the border ... for very good reason. It would be almost impossible to do a one-way car rental from anywhere in the US and dropping it off in Mexico, for that reason.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default A first step

    Hi Gerry,

    As a first step may I suggest you write down what you want to do and achieve during your trip. Then I would get a large, wall size map of the US, and start looking at what there is that interests you between those two points. I like the National Geographics map, as it has all the highways, urban centres, as well as National and State Parks, Forests and Monuments. It is readily available in all good map stores.

    As you research the places and attractions you identify, place sticky notes on the map. Once you are well into this, you will notice a route laid out before you. You can do your further research through the map centre (on the green bar above) and on the web.

    Once you have identified the areas to which you are attracted, by all means, post them here, and the experts will help refine the route and fill in any blanks.

    But until you lay out why you are doing this trip, and where it is going to take you, there is precious little advice we can give.

    Enjoy the planning.

    Lifey in Melbourne

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    Sorry, Just seen the date on this!
    Last edited by sunpo; 02-10-2013 at 07:15 AM.

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