Hi, my 21yo daughter will be finishing an equine internship in Lexington KY on 12 June and I plan to fly to Lexington from Australia to meet her and from there the current plan is that we:
- fly to NYC on 13 June, spend 5-7days there,
- take the train down to Washington and spend 2 days there;
- fly to Chicago, spend 2-3 days there; and
- hire a car and drive from Chicago to Los Angeles -about 2 weeks;
- fly back to Aust from LA on the evening of 8 July.
If we follow through on the current plan, we'll have about two weeks to drive from Chicago to LA. Originally we were thinking of doing route 66, but it doesn't seem to take in the kind of scenery other routes offer. For example, we like the idea of visiting Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone (and spending a few days in the park) and the Grand Canyon and so a route that takes in those places looks inviting. We don't plan on spending any time in LA as we've both been there several times before.
Alternatively, as the only things set in stone is I have to meet my daughter in Lexington KY on 12 June and we fly home on 8 July, all options are open. However, things we'd like to do include - spend 5-7 days in NYC (we've been before and love it), see Washington DC and take in some spectacular natural scenery - otherwise we are open to suggestions as to how to spend our time or where to go.
We like cities for shopping, history, culture etc, but also love national parks, wildlife and spectacular scenery. We've been to the west coast (SF, LA, SD, LV, Yosemite, Mammoth Lake and Bryce Canyon) and the north east (Boston, NYC plus I've been to Chicago), but we've never been to Yellowstone, the Badlands or the south of the US, and so these places also interests us. Too many options so suggestions gratefully received. Ideas of where to stop or stay on any route are also welcome.