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  1. Default East to West road trip

    Please could you comment on our draft itinerary, ideas and improvements are very welcome.

    Blue Ridge Parkway
    San Antonio
    Grand Canyon
    Death Valley

    We plan to take 5-6-7 weeks to drive across. We have been to Tahoe and Yosemite before and haven't decided whether to return yet.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Great Trip.

    Hi Losusa, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    Looks like a great trip you are planning, but you don't say when.

    I take it you are aware of the extra expense when doing a one way trip. The car rental one way drop fee can run into hundreds of dollars. The flights too will be more expensive than flying into and out of the same city. If you could work this into a loop trip, you would save quite a lot of money.

    Do you have some good maps to help plan this trip?


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    Thank you for replying. We have to be in San Francisco 2/6/16 but apart from that we are planning to take 5-6 weeks to cross the country.

    Yes thank you we do know it will be very expensive but then you only do these things once.

    How can I improve the route?

    No I don't have any maps, just looking on the Internet and guide books.

    Looking forward to all ideas.

    Last edited by Lcsusa; 01-03-2016 at 04:44 AM.

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    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Best thing to do would be to get a road atlas - the RTA store has them (scroll down) if you can't buy one locally. Looking at a USA map, and then at the individual states, will give you a better idea of what you're trying to plan.

    Since you are planning on 5-6 weeks, you will have to decide how long you can stay in each place. Arches will need at least 1 day, Canyonlands will depend on how much you want to see of it so allow at least 1 day, Bryce Canyon at least a half day if not a full day, Zion at least 1 day, possibly 2, Grand Canyon at least one day, possibly 2.

    You posted this in Summer Road Trips, so I should warn you that Las Vegas and Death Valley are going to be HOT, probably over 100. Fortunately, it's a dry heat. You may spend a lot of time in your car with the A/C running, even at 6 am.

    Did you have something in mind for each of those cities, or are those just the direction you're planning to follow? Houston, of course, has the NASA Johnson Space Center - we spent a full day there and didn't see it all. Vicksburg has a major civil war battlefield site - we spent 3 hours touring it and wished we'd allowed a full day.


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    Thank you, all the ideas are so helpful. We want to go to the space museum but otherwise it's just the best route win interesting places along the way.

    Any thoughts of what to do between Houston and Albquerque? Which routs best.

    Also in The Canyon area which exact route to go.

    Thank you

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    We are in uk so haven't the map yet, relying on a child's atlas and Google

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    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Maps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lcsusa View Post
    We are in uk so haven't the map yet, relying on a child's atlas and Google
    That is why Donna suggested getting a road atlas. If you order it now, you will have it in a couple of weeks. Scroll down and see the RTA store on the blue panel below, and order a Rand McNally road atlas. On the atlas maps you will see most of the attractions along the way, and all the many routes available to you. You could choose the one which has the most interest for you.

    Maps are invaluable during the planning stage and essential when on the road. Don't be tempted to rely solely on your electronics.

    You have posted in the summer forum, so I take it you mean 2nd June and not the 6th February.


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    My mistake, no we leave about 18/4/16 for six weeks.

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    For future reference, in North America, it's more common to write out dates as Month/Day/Year. Pretty easy to figure out the difference in your most recent post, but it can be confusing when you've got a day and month that are both in the single digits.

    Making this trip in April/May may change things for you a bit. High elevation areas will still be in winter mode, and some areas may be closed. It doesn't look like that's a huge issue based on what you've listed so far, but places like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon or Tioga Pass, through Yosemite, will likely not yet be open during your trip.

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