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  1. Default Road trip from Las Vegas to Nashville to Fort Worth.

    G'day. Just looking for some advise if anyone has it. We are looking to come to America in April next year starting off at Las Vegas for 3 nights then hiring a car and making our way across to Nashville / Memphis then down to Dallas / Fort Worth before flying back home to Australia. Does anyone have any ideas on what way to go or places we should stop in? We are very laid back country people in our 30s. Big major cities aren't really an interest unless they are good. Looking forward to finding some small little towns. Stopped in Durango last year and liked it there. Any advise would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA!

    Do you still have your paper maps or atlas from your last trip? If you do, great -- good starting place. If not, you have time to order a road atlas from the RTA store (scroll down to the link) and it will be there in a few weeks.

    Start your planning by sitting down at a good map/road atlas, and see what types of things intrigue you. Since we know only that you like small towns, recommendations would come from things WE like (and maybe not your personal preferences). Take sticky notes and a pencil, and you'll see a route, or series of routes, start to form.

    How long are you planning to be on the road?


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default A good way to start planning.

    With this trip not taking place for more than half a year, you can spend lots of time planning a route and sites to visit.

    One of the best ways to do this is to follow the advice in this paragraph:-

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck
    Start with maps. Not GPS, not software, not Google, but real honest-to-god paper maps that show you your entire route, that you can mark up (and erase), that you can stick pins in, and that show something about the land you'll be driving through. Those are your essential tool in any RoadTrip planning process. Start by marking all the places you know you want to visit. Then connect the dots. Then look for more places of interest and scenic routes along the lines connecting the dots. Repeat until you've got as many sites and roads as you think you want.
    If you are not able to get good detailed maps, follow the advice above. If you were to order an atlas now you will have it in a couple of weeks. You will find all the small towns and a huge variety of roads along your route - from super highways to local roads and scenic routes. As well you will see most of the attractions along your way.

    Furthermore, if you are a member of RACV, NRMA or similar be sure to take your membership with you. It will give you access to free maps and tourism information from the AAA. You could pick up individual State maps while in LV. Many of us travel with both the atlas and maps, as well as our gps (which is really only useful for finding urban addresses).


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.


    Hello and welcome to RTA !

    You don't mention how much time you have available from the time you leave Vegas to when you leave for home which is a very important part of helping you plan. As has been said, doing some research and seeing what else appeals to you and letting us know what else might be on your radar, would also help us to join the dots on the map. With enough time you would literally have thousands of possible attractions and routes to choose from, so the more you can narrow that down the better the advice we can offer.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Australia


    Hi. If you havnt already booked your flights, just check to see if its cheaper early May. I planned on going once in late april and they wanted a fortune. 1st of may the prices were way down. I asked why the difference and was told more people travel in april and thats why its more expensive. Like you i hate cities but Vegas is a must in my book. Every body should check that place out in there lifetime. Also we find it more interesting staying off the interstates where we can. More to see and those small towns are hard to leave. So friendly.
    Cheers. Keith

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