Hi everyone, this is an amazing site!
Having just returned home from an amazing 3 weeks in Florida doing all the usual things it has to offer we have been talking about a USA road trip for a number of years and have decided that Summer 2016 is the time to do it!
The trip will be me, my husband and our two children who will be 10 and 8. We will be flying in from the UK, and have around 24 (end of July to mid-August) days to complete and will be hiring a car (intermediate SUV or similar) from Atlanta airport and we're on our way!
Originally we were going to do Atlanta to San Diego which sounds amazing but it's such a long way to go for our first trip. We feel Atlanta is the best best to fly into as it is quite central to the southern states and there are regular flights from Manchester, but please advise me if you have a better idea!!
The places we really want to visit are:
- Texas - Dallas, Lubbock, Austin and Houston (Buddy Holly places of interest)
- Beach, if possible???
- Ranch visit would be fabulous
- National park, views etc.
- Water and theme parks (Dollywood, Six Flags?)
I've heard Flagstaff mentioned a few times so this seems like an interesting place to visit. We hope to stay in hotels, motels and some privately owned houses, condos that are available through Airbnb.
Does this sound feasible? Is there anything along the way that would be amazing to see?
Where we fly home from will depend upon where we end up. What I don't want to do is spend too long in the car driving for hours and missing places and attractions along the way. I'd like to stay somewhere for a reasonable amount of time if there is a lot of things to do and see (if you know what I mean) I'd hate to arrive somewhere and absolutely love it, but have to leave as we've booked in someplace else. We love to eat and enjoy seeking out interesting places and sampling lots of different foods (I've already got a list from Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!!)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as we are complete novices and need lots of help! (Can you tell!!) I will be booking the flights around January when hopefully we'll get the best deal, so nothing will be set in stone until then in terms of exact dates.
Sorry for the long post, hope it makes sense to some! And thank you in advance.