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  1. Default From New York to Los Angeles through the south

    Hi All,

    we are a couple from Germany and will go on a trip around the world. We will come to NYC mid January and will leave from LA in the first week of March. We have already booked a rental car.

    Cities we would really like to visit are Washington, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Fransisco and LA. Also we would like to see the National Parks Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and also Page for the Horseshoe Bend and the Antelope Canyon.

    We are not exactly sure about the exact route and hope for some advice and suggestions. We are looking for some insight into the US culture whatever kind that might be. We are espacially unsure about the best route from Washington to New Orleans and from New Orleans to the National Parks. After staying in NYC for a couple of days we will have 42 days to get to LA.

    Thank you for any suggestions regarding our route and any sights along the way.

    Regards from Germany

    Dagmar and Jens

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default To Help Get You Started

    Willkommen! Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    At this point, the main thing you need to do to get ready for your RoadTrip through America is get yourselves a good atlas of the entire country. I personally use the large format Rand McNally Deluxe Motor Carriers' Road Atlas, but whichever one you get, use it constantly in your planning. Also keep in mind the size of the United States, which is roughly the same as all of Europe including European Russia. While our road system is pretty good, that's still a lot of ground to cover. Even your month and a half will seem to fly by.

    If it's not too late, I would suggest that you reconsider your car hire arrangements. Having a car in New York and Washington is actually more of a burden than a help. Traffic is terrible in those cities throughout the work day and parking is very expensive when you can find it at all. Conversely, both cities have excellent public transport, subways and busses, which are considerably less expensive than even the daily price of a rental car. And the two cities are connected by (moderately) high speed rail that could also be used to visit Philadelphia and Baltimore on the way.

    Very generally, your route would follow the Piedmont Plateau and/or Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, then up through Texas to the Red River and across northern New Mexico and Arizona to the many National Parks of Arizona and New Mexico, then possibly up the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, across through Yosemite and than down the Pacific Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I have purposefully not given you specific highways because at this point you should assume that everything is open to you within the above very broad routes. First decide what you want to see, then decide on the roads to get you there. So, as first mentioned, get yourself a good atlas and start dreaming. Once you have a basic itinerary and some more ideas of the kinds of things you'd like to see we can offer some more specific advice.


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