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  1. Default Road trip NY to LA (via NOLA and SF)


    Firstly I would like to say "what a great site" - you have so much information here, it really whets the appetite.

    We are planning on a road trip between 15th of July and the 9th of August. Unfortunately only one of us drives. Being from London it appears that the first bit of advice we need to be taking into consideration is "don't underestimate the distances". We don't have a problem with driving long stretches but need to factor in "non-driving days" along the route so we don't get too worn out but also get to enjoy in greater depth some of the places we visit en-route.

    The plan is to hire a car in NY and drop it off in LA. We would like to include as many contemporary art galleries as possible as well as some short 2/3 hour hikes in some of the more beautiful spots. We will take camping gear but will mostly stay in motels. We're flying in from London on the 13th and will spend a couple of days catching up with friends in NY before picking up the car on the 15th. From there the plan is:

    15th July - Drive to Philadelphia (have relatives there)
    16th - Stay Philadelphia
    17th - Drive to Washington DC - quick look at some of the sites then stay somewhere to the south of the city.
    18th - Drive to Front Royal and then do the Sky Line Drive & possibly the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stay southern Virginia.
    19th/20th - Drive the rest of Virginia/Tennessee and into Alabama.
    21st - Get to Birmingham and stay the night, sightseeing etc
    22nd - Hard drive to New Orleans
    23rd/24th - Stay New Orleans
    25th/26th/27th/28th - Drive North West through Texas and New Mexico to Mesa Verde National Park
    29th Explore Mesa Verde a.m. then drive to Monument Valley
    30th Onto Grand Canyon, day to explore then stay Flagstaff
    31st Drive to Las Vegas (stay one night only - not to fussed about Vegas really)
    1st August - Drive to Bishop (via Death Valley)
    2nd/3rd - Yosemite Park then onto San Francisco
    4th/5th - Stay San Francisco
    6th Drive to Big Sur staying somewhere on route
    7th Drive rest of Big Sur to LA
    8th Stay LA - drop off car
    9th Morning flight back to New York then evening flight back to London.

    So the big question - is this too ambitious (particularly with only one driver). This is a huge trip for us and we want it to be memorable - like I said, long days driving in the car are ok with us as long as there is some relaxation involved too.

    I'd really welcome your expert opinion. If we have to rethink and cut out some of the route to make things more direct that's not too much of a problem - we could always plan a separate trip to New Orleans and the south for example.

    Many thanks


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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    It looks like you've done an excellent job of planning and have a very nice trip in front of you. Washington DC might be a spot where you'd want to plan for a bit more time, and the Grand Canyon is a place where I recommend having a full day if possible. Those are pretty minor details however, and you've clearly done your homework!

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