here i am again after 3 years :) In 2011 I had a great roadtrip experience, see topic here.
Now with 3 friends of mine I'm trying to plan a new RT for next summer, to visit other areas of your beautiful country.We consider ourselves quite expert after the first experience :) , in terms of how to drive, where to sleep, interact with locals, and survive in general. We will of course make our research in the meantime on this forum and reading guides, however we want to get the most out of the experience and US is a huge & diverse country so any tip on places to visit (or to avoid) will be welcome. we need to decide and book by end of February.
Period 16th August-3rd September
I fly from London UK, my 3 friends fly from Italy.
They want to see the South especially Tennessee, I'm more for the old North West like Wyoming and Montana. We would like to combine both experiences but might be hard, so any suggestion from you guys will be welcome. Here's the potential plan and some specific questions.
16th August landing in Denver, CO (car rental and 1 night to recover)
17th Aug. Early morning heading North to Wyoming via Boulder, then to West and North again to Jackson, WY. Denver-Jackson = 635 KM can be done in one day but I suspect the Rocky mountains would slow us down.
18/19/20th Aug for Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Q: are 3 days enough for a superficial visit? any other unmissable city/area attraction on the way between Colorado and Wyoming?
21st-22nd-23rd Aug heading north to Montana; we want to do some Scenic drives then take an internal flight from Helena, MT to the south (Lousiana/Tennessee)
Q: anything else must-see in MT?
Q: i notice there are no direct flights from Helena, MT; i was wondering if it is quicker/cheaper to fly Helena/Denver/New Orleans or Memphis or avoid MT at all, and after Yellowstone "only" see West Wyoming and drive down to Denver to take a direct flight to N.O., landing by Saturday 23rd at night or Sunday 24th August
Q: do you think I can book a US internal flight from the UK?
From 24th we would have 10 days to see New Orleans (1 or 2 nights? 24th to 26th), 637 km to Memphis + Elvis house (1 night -26th to 27th), 341 km to Nashville (1-27th to 28th) adding 1 day for driving between those cities let's say in total to 29th.
Q: do you think this schedule is too tight and we would need more days to visit those cities?
Q: what else is worth or maybe not worth spending time?
Q: are last 10 days of august too hot in the South?
From Nashville to Washington DC is over 1000 km; we would like to stop on 29th-30th Aug-1st September between Virginia and North Carolina to see historical places (civil war) , leaving last 2 days to visit the Capital main attractions, then from DC we fly back to Europe on the 3rd September
Q: is this last leg feasible in less than a week? what places in those states would you recommend more?
I think the tricky part is to decide if we want to rush and see both "regions" and increase the budget (2 cards required, internal flight) and the time needed to travel, or if we should sacrifice the North West :( and just concentrate on the South. In this case, how/where can we spend the first week? is it better to fly into DC and head South maybe flying back from Atlanta? Sort of an "elongated ring" itinerary. Or even to fly into Atlanta, do a "ring" including South + DC, and fly back from Atlanta again.
I can't skip the South cause my friends are Elvis' fanatics so we MUST go to Memphis :)
Q: finally last Q, I'm told the South can be very friendly but also quite rough.Last time we went through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California and we never had any problem with the locals, on the contrary.We were welcome everywhere and I personally think if you don't look for trouble you stay out of trouble, in most cases.Just wondering if we would need to pay special attention in certain areas.
thanks in advance to all of you!