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  1. Default First Ever USA Road Trip - Miami to LA

    A very warm hello to you all!

    We're coming from the UK in just over two weeks for our first US road trip and are incredibly excited! We fly into Miami on 9/2/14 and out of LA on 10/1/14. Our current plan is to drive from Miami to LA via Orlando (for the Kennedy Space Center), New Orleans, Huston, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

    Apart from the flights, our itinerary is fairly flexible - although we want to be in Albuquerque by Saturday 9/20/14 for the Breaking Bad Bus Tour (we're massive American tv fans).

    There is sooooo much to see and so many attractions to visit, we wondered of you guys had any places that you just couldn't drive past on the route, without stopping at? If there are places that are worth a little detour for? Or if there are places that just should be driven through in haste? As well as the Space Race and American tv, we're very much into nature, arts, music and history. And classic Americana. And food.

    Although we are seasoned roadtrippers in the UK, the US is on a completely different scale. So any and all thoughts and suggestions are very welcome.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    James and Jo

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    In the Houston area, don't miss Johnson Space Center. It's a bit different from Kennedy Space Center, because one of the tram tours (included with your ticket) will take you to Historic Mission Control (blue tour). The red tour takes you to the Astronaut Training Facility, and both tours take you to the Rocket center.

    In Albuquerque, you might want to check out the Petroglyph National Monument. Perhaps the National Museum of Nuclear Science would be interesting to you. Albuquerque has been a place where TV shows and movies have been filmed for awhile; the WGN show "Manhattan" just wrapped up filming there (and runs on Sunday evenings on WGN). A friend's son worked on the show, on the set. Seasons Bar & Grill there is very good -- the food is the same up in the bar but a lot cheaper.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Off the straight and narrow.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    You would literally have thousands of options available to you and there is nothing like a good map of the USA and using the RTA as a research centre. As well as searching the forums have a dig around in the tool bars above, lots of trip planning tips, routes, attractionas and much more. Check out the RTA mapping programs where you can look for attractions along your route as reported by RTA contributors.

    A few things I would consider, Carlsbad Caverns and Roswell [just because] between Houston and Albuquerque and from Albuquerque I would consider going further north to drive through Monument Valley and on to Grand canyon south rim. Here you would have quite a few 'temptations' such as Mesa Verde NP, Four corners [tourist trap opportunity to get a photo with a limb in 4 states at once] and perhaps Page AZ which has Lake Powell, Antelope canyon and Horseshoe bend among it's nearby atrractions. Between Monument valley and GC you will come across Cameron Trading post which has stores, restuarant and lodgings. It's certainly woth a look if you go that way whether it be for an hour or two or for the night.

    By biggest temptation to get off the 'straight and narrow' and go the long way around would be after Las Vegas. Here I would be looking at driving across Death valley, across the Sierra Nevada into Yosemite NP and across to San Fran before heading south down the wonderful coastline around Big Sur. That would turn a half day trip between LV and LA into at least a 5 day trip. Afterthought. That probably would not fit if you want to spend multiple days in LA at the end of your trip and don't leave Albu until the 21st or so and certainly not with a detout to MV etc.

    Whatever you decide it's worth looking in each direction away from the Interstates and take the time to get off them, there will always be a few surpirses.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default The Atlantic Coast and scenic routes in FL.

    The Kennedy Space Centre is actually not in Orlando. It is on the coast. You could avoid Orlando altogether by following the Federal Highway US-1 north from Miami, or take the A1A, which runs between the Intercoastal Canal and the Atlantic Ocean. Both of these routes are still quite busy until you get well north of Ft Lauderdale, but much more to see and experience than hurtling down I-95, or worse, the toll road. It is easy to get from one to the other and interchange for a bit of variety, as all run parallel.

    Bonus is that there are many restaurants and cafes along and nearby to US-1 and A1A. Most (if not all) focus on seafood.

    One point of interest, which is right on US-1 in Ft Pierce, is The Arcade Building with its magnificent murals. The building is interesting as well.

    If you approach Cape Canaveral along A1A, and you were to turn west just north of Cocoa Beach to Merritt Island, you will be driving on the road from which thousands watched the launches at the Cape. (In 2007 I was fortunate to watch the launch of Discovery from there.)

    North of The Kennedy Space Centre I-95 is quite a pleasant road, and you have Daytona Beach and Raceway, as well as the historic town of St Augustine.

    Should you wish to head inland, I highly recommend the scenic route 40 from Ormond Beach to Ocala. Another scenic option is route 44 from Muns to US-17. Then take that north to route 40 at Barberville. If you are still into scenic routes after that, I can highly recommend US-27 from Ocala, then alt US-27 at Williston into Tallahassee. The latter being mostly a divided road with highway speeds, but passes through some interesting little towns.


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    Join Date
    May 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Default ABQ & Southeast New Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesíníjo
    Apart from the flights, our itinerary is fairly flexible - although we want to be in Albuquerque by Saturday 9/20/14 for the Breaking Bad Bus Tour (we're massive American tv fans).
    Just looking through the ABQ Trolley Co.ís website, and some online reviews, it looks like that will be a lot of fun. Also noticed that they are sponsored by the Cocina Azul restaurant. They give you a free queso and tortilla chips appetizer with your Bus Tour sticker. Most everything here is good Ė their green chile chicken enchilada plate and their steak tacos are great.

    To add a few things to DonnaR57ís and Southwest Daveís recommendations:

    The Roswell Museum and Art Center houses a recreation of Robert Goddardís Workshop. I havenít had a chance to see this myself, but Iím sure it would be very interesting.

    West from Roswell is Lincoln Historic Site, which is certainly worth a visit.

    In Alamogordo, there is the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

    Near Alamogordo you have White Sands National Monument and the White Sands Missile Range Museum.

    The New Mexico State Fair (in Albuquerque) runs from September 10th to September 21st this year, so you might want to check that out.

    Have fun!

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