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    Default 2013 Summer Trip! Need help to planning and maybe anyone want to travel with me?

    Hi everyone!

    I have a dream - want to go to USA and see this beautiful country. It so happened that i have never been in other countries. I was born in Russia and still here of all this time. I have traveled extensively in Russia, I saw many beautiful places in my country, but I want see USA. I have a year to save enough money for realisation of my dream and level up my skills in english. I would be very grateful if you could give me some feedback for my plan. If anyone want travel with me - welcome! I will be happy!
    Ok, my plan for the 2013 summer:

    -Find friends, who want to travel with me (anywhere).
    -Quit of my job. Easy! )))
    -To go to USA, of course.
    -Rent a car. Mmm.... I have always dreamed of Corvette 69 :) I know that is unreal. Hm... maybe new Camaro? )))
    -Get a million emotions!

    Ok, my trip plan:
    NY City--> Chicago --> Route 66 --> Vegas --> Route 66 --> Los Angeles --> San Francisco --> Portland --> Seattle

    How do you think - will i drive this route in 30 days?

    P.S. Sorry for my english - I have recently started to learn (2-3 month). I try everyday to learn new words and grammar! Thank you!

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    Default A Million Emotions!

    Hi, and Welcome to the The Great American RoadTrip Forum.

    No need to apologize for your language skills. For someone who has been learning only a few months, you are doing very well. Keep that up, and by the time you get to the US you will be an expert.

    In 30 days, that is very doable. Just as achieving your goal of 'a million emotions' is. You might like to get a large map of the US, one which shows all the cities, as well as the natural features, and lay out that route. See just how many national parks and other natural features are along that route. Use your electronics, such as the maps feature on the green bar above, to check out these (and other) attractions, and start making lists of which you would like to check out in detail.

    As you read through the forums, you will find other ideas which you may like to consider. Also check out the 'similar threads' at the bottom of this (and every) page, for further information.

    Enjoy the planning, it is half the fun.

    Lifey

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    Hi there and welcome. As Lifey said above, your English is good ! [Probably better than mine ! ;-)

    You have Lots of time for planning so I would follow the advice in the previous post and do a little research. We can help you along the way with advice and to make suggestions, but the beauty of the road trip is the freedom to go where you want to go, when you want to.

    A couple of things to consider; A round trip would save you having to pay large one way drop off charges on your car rental and could possibly save money on your flights by flying in and out of the same City. You would have time to do this with 30 days and take a different route each way to see more of the country.

    You won't be able to choose the exact make and model of car you rent, they only guarantee a 'class' of vehicle and that is why it says 'Or Similar' on the rental contract. A specialist rental would be very expensive and most likely have a lot of limitations on it.

    Whereas parts of the original route 66 still exist, the road was decommissioned many years ago and replaced by Interstate. It can be difficult to follow at times and slow going. I know it's part of an 'American dream' for many of us overseas visitors but I would recommend finding places that appeal to you and your tastes the most, and then decide on routing around those, rather than just following a route number.

    As you plan away, keep asking questions 'as' and 'when' you need to, enjoy !

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    Thank you all for replies! I`m very glad that I can to find peoples who can help me! It`s very good and amazing! I`m very pleased!!! My english so not bad now because I use th google translate. Google help me learn new different words and phrases. I trid to learn english in school, but it was very boring for me. Now I understand that english is very helpful in my life! It`s very great chance to communications with people of all the world. Another culture and lifestyle, chance to work in other countries and many many many other. It`s really great. I want to go to New Zealand in next year (in septeber or november) for new better life and new emotions and new experience. Before my "lifetrip" in New Zealand i want to relax and to see US.

    Camaro and Corvette - it was joke.) Of course - I will to rent lower class car than camaro or corvette. I think it`s not something that should worry.

    Southwest Dave, you said that some sections of route 66 is very bed. Well, you know... the best roads in Russia is worst roads in USA.)) Of course I will more datail study of my trip.

    Lifemagician, I`m every day enjoing when I see the beautiful photo of USA!

    By the way, where I can find to people, who search friends for joint trip? It is real?

    And thank you all again!!! International communications is very amazing!

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    Default Not bad.

    You can use the 'Share the Gas' forum here and start a thread looking for trvel buddies.

    Southwest Dave, you said that some sections of route 66 is very bad.
    No. I actually said that it is hard to follow, as most of the route has been replaced by Interstate and some sections are now business routes. You will find interesting sections but personally I would rather see the parts of the country I want to see rather than follow a piece of Tarmac. ;-) This RTA page is full of useful 66 links, my favourite site being the one at the bottom of the page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    You can use the 'Share the Gas' forum here and start a thread looking for trvel buddies.
    Wow! Thank you very much! But now I think that I will be searched people at next year near february or march becouse in this period I want planning my trip step by step and then get it for validation and critical on this forum. Then I will be searched people who want to go with me. If I have ended my plan and then post it on this forum - I think that it will be easy for me and for peoples.

    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    No. I actually said that it is hard to follow, as most of the route has been replaced by Interstate and some sections are now business routes. You will find interesting sections but personally I would rather see the parts of the country I want to see rather than follow a piece of Tarmac. ;-) This RTA page is full of useful 66 links, my favourite site being the one at the bottom of the page.
    Sorry! I did not missunderstod you. Hmmm... I little don`t understand. What is "Tarmac"? I searched this word in google, but not find correct value. What is this? I really don`t understand. Thank for the link! I will definitely take a look this! Very interesting! Thanks!

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    Tarmac is a piece of pavement, similar to a street or road. The term is most often used in airlines -- the concrete that a jet lands on.

    Welcome to RTA!


    Donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    Tarmac is a piece of pavement, similar to a street or road. The term is most often used in airlines -- the concrete that a jet lands on.
    Thank you very much! Now I know what is "Tarmac". :)

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    Default Tarmac.

    We also call it the 'Black top' or 'Black stuff' here in the UK. Although Route 66 is somewhat iconic, it is at the end of the day "only a road". My point being is that I would be more interested in finding places that appeal to me and that I really want to see, than I would following a road/route number. :-)

    For example between Chicago and Vegas I would head towards Colorado and the Rocky mountains, through some of the amazing National parks of Southern Utah [Arches/Canyonlands] and down through Monument Valley tribal park to the Grand canyon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    We also call it the 'Black top' or 'Black stuff' here in the UK. Although Route 66 is somewhat iconic, it is at the end of the day "only a road". My point being is that I would be more interested in finding places that appeal to me and that I really want to see, than I would following a road/route number. :-)

    For example between Chicago and Vegas I would head towards Colorado and the Rocky mountains, through some of the amazing National parks of Southern Utah [Arches/Canyonlands] and down through Monument Valley tribal park to the Grand canyon.
    Yes yes yes and yes again!!! You are absolutely right! Because no sens to follow a road or route number. I just thought that the Route 66 as an attraction will be more interesting for my first trip. On my native language is small reports or information about most ineresting places in USA. My english at this moment is not very good for quickly reading information, so I try to search information in other sources. I know that is it not help me to study english... I will create is very amazing and interesting plan to my trip! Yes! :)

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