Hello. I am new to this forum, and is hoping to get some ideas about general advice, attractions, distances and routes.
We are group of five, two adults and three teenagers, from Norway. We have flights to NYC-JFK and home from Newark. Total vacation time is 3 and a half week. We think about two or three days in NYC. After that the train to Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, where I think about renting a car and driving down to New Orleans. We would like the trip to include scenery, civil war history and musical history, and a beach. On this strech I am planning on using about 10 days, and the tenth day marking end of stay in New Orleans.
After that, I am thinking about flying to Denver, where again I would rent a car and then head eastwards. Thinking about Omaha and Chicago. Would like to see scenery, midwestern and frontier history, native history. Planning to use about 10 days ending up in Newark.
Some of my questions are:
Where should we head for the beach, east coast or southern coast?
South Dakota or Nebraska, or both?
Would Rocky Mountains national park be a big detour, and advisable if we would also go to the Black Hills?
Is it a good idea to rent a car outside NYC? And is a domestic flight a good idea?
Is the main outline reasonable for this amount of time?