Me and my other half were planning a little road trip in the US for few years now. Due to different reasons we never managed to pull it off but this May and June we're going for it.
Initially we wanted to spend +3 weeks in the States but my gf had some problems with booking holidays at work so we have a little under 3 weeks. Here is out plan:
26.05 PM arrive at JFK, NY
26.05 - 29.05 - visiting New York
29.05 AM drive to Baltimore (visiting a friend)
29.05 - 31.05 stay in Baltimore and flight to Little Rock, AR (visting a friend)
31.05 - 04.06 stay in Arkansas and flight to Vegas
04.06 - 12.06 short stay in Vegas, visit to Grand Canyon and California
12.06 - flight to New York
13.06 - back to London
That's more less what we have right now. I'm still thinking about putting Chicago somewhere between Baltimore and Little rock but then I would need to cut short our visits in both places. The other option is to stop by in Chicago on the way back from California. On the other hand, that would be packing visits in many places in very few days.
Anyway, as you can see once we land in Vegas we don't have a specific plan. I'm not into gambling so I don't plan to spend much time in Vegas although I know there are other things to see in Vegas apart from casinos. After a day or two there we would like to head to Grand Canyon.
Is 2-3 days enough to see key parts of it?
After that we would like to head towards California. Ideally to the coast and along it towards San Francisco. Probably stay for a night or two somewhere on the way.
Generally how do you see doing Grand Canyon and California in 7-8 days? I know it's a large area and it's impossible to see everything but I would like to see key spots without rushing.
Also, we're not planning to stay in 5 star hotels so is it easy enough to find hotel rooms let's say in Flagstaff, Arizona under $100?
Now that we booked our flights to New York and back to London we can plan and mark specific places we want to see but do you have any tips for us? I'm talking especially about Vegas, Arizona and California as the first part of the trip is basically all about visiting friends. If we'll be short on days then I may decide to cut short our visit in Arkansas or Baltimore by one day.
Initially we were also planning to take California Zephyr train from San Francisco to New York or at least Chicago but as we don't have more than 3 weeks we probably won't have time for that.
I will appreciate any help and tips when it comes to planning or things we should definitely see or maybe skip!