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    Hello
    My name is Cassandra and I am from Sweden. This summer me and my future husband are going on a honeymoon to the US. We arrive in Miami, and are going to drive all the way to San Fransisco. I know that it is a long trip, but we really wanna do it in a car and will not fly anywhere once we are in the US :)

    My question is really if you guys can give us tips on our route. It's hard to know how to plan the route, and if the cities we have chosen are the "right" ones. Here's our route:

    Miami 2 nights
    Clearwater 2 nights
    Orlando 5 nights
    Destin, 1 night
    New Orleans 4 nights
    Galveston, 1-2 nights (Nasa)
    San antonio, 3 nights
    Dallas 2 nights
    (I really need tips on where to stay between San Antonio and Amrillo, Dallas is just a suggestion)
    Amarillo, 1 night
    Albuquerque, 2 nights
    Flagstaff, 1 night
    Las Vegas, 3 nights
    Mammoth Lakes 1-2 nights
    Somewhere near Yosemite, 2-3 nights
    San Fransisco 5 nights

    I am very grateful for all the tips that you can give me regarding the route :) Sorry for a long post!

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    Default If it's right for you...........

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    We all love road trips here and avoid flying when we have the opportunity to be on the road, so we understand !

    Whether or not you have chosen the "right cities" or not is really down to you and what it is that attracts you to them. The thing that stands out to me is the amount of time you are spending in them with very little attention to the natural beauty. If you are city people and that's where you want to go, that's fine but you have the option to build routes to exactly where you want to go. One example is 2 nights in Albuquerque and 3 nights in Vegas and only 1 night in Flagstaff where nearby you have one of the worlds greatest wonders, the Grand canyon.

    What I tend to do is look at a good map and look for the places I would love to visit and then create a route around those, rather than make a list of places along a route, if that makes sense. As I mentioned, it's your trip and it's all about what you want to do and if those are the right places for you then it'll work. If you have any specific questions about parts of your trip, please ask.

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    Thank you very much!

    Well great, we also love to be on the road! This is my fourth time in the US and my husbands first, so we are really looking forward to it!

    Yes of course, I understand that in the end it is up to us. All though there's so much to see in the US that it's hard to chose what to see :)

    About Flagstaff. Is that a good place to start from if you wanna see the grand canyon? From what I understand you can drive from there to the south rim? Is the south rim a good place to see the Canyon?

    Our thoughts with this roadtrip is to combine a little of both nature and cities. I've heard both good and bad things about Dallas, is there another nice city that you can recommend between San Antonio and Amarillo?

    There's to much too see! haha :)

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    See my threadreply :)

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    About Flagstaff. Is that a good place to start from if you wanna see the grand canyon? From what I understand you can drive from there to the south rim? Is the south rim a good place to see the Canyon?
    Yes it is a good place and the south rim is within the National park and the best spot to fit in with your trip. Tusayan is closer or you could check out the Cameron Trading post on US89 which is close to the east entrance of the south rim and in my opinion, the nicest way in. If you had more time for the natural wonders you could also visit Monument valley.

    Our thoughts with this roadtrip is to combine a little of both nature and cities. I've heard both good and bad things about Dallas, is there another nice city that you can recommend between San Antonio and Amarillo?
    I thought that might be the case but you have picked major cities for all your stops until you get into California. I can't help with your question as I am not a city person [they all start to look the same to me) and I would be going straight through to Amarillo and then visiting more of the wests beautiful natural wonders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post

    I thought that might be the case but you have picked major cities for all your stops until you get into California. I can't help with your question as I am not a city person [they all start to look the same to me) and I would be going straight through to Amarillo and then visiting more of the wests beautiful natural wonders.
    Yeah I understand. Orlando is because of the parks ^^ Is it okay to drive from San Antonio to Amarillo, isn't it to far?
    Do you have any suggestions of small cities that you should visit in texas, that isn't major but something that is great to see? I am open for suggestions, fun to see other things than touristplaces, but so hard to know what they are if you understand :)

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    Is it okay to drive from San Antonio to Amarillo, isn't it to far?
    It is up to you, like I say each trip is different but the drive would be OK to do in one day, but you would be driving most of the day with time for short rest breaks and lunch etc. I can't help you with Texan cities so maybe someone else will chime in but what I would recommend, is to do some of your own research by studying maps and searching around this site. You have many links both at the top and bottom of each page that will help you. You could check out the map wizard where you will find lots of attractions listed by RTA members.

    I understand there are a lot of options (thousands of them) and it can be confusing, but when you start to look into things a little deeper around your basic itinerary you will find new ideas. If you are happy with your trip as it is then there is nothing wrong with doing that either. Sorry if I am confusing matters,. :-)

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    Default This may help you.

    From your previous trips did you bring home any maps or a road atlas? If you did, this paragraph may help you. It is timeless, and never loses its value.

    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 do not have any maps, or local access to maps, I suggest you order a Rand McNally road atlas from the RTA store, via the link at the bottom of this page. It is an excellent atlas, with good detailed maps which include all natural attractions, as well as historical and touristy ones. If you order it now you will have it in a couple of weeks.

    Each of the attractions and cities/towns you will be able to research on the web and decide if you want to include them in your itinerary. As questions arise, ask, you will always get an answer here.

    Enjoy the planning.

    Lifey

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    Thank you so much! I've been looking around here and i've found a couple of really interesting places! Thank you for your help!! :) No matter what, I think this is going to be a great roadtrip, whatever we do haha so I just need to trust my instincts! haha :) You are absolutely not confusing, I understand! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifemagician View Post

    Each of the attractions and cities/towns you will be able to research on the web and decide if you want to include them in your itinerary. As questions arise, ask, you will always get an answer here.
    Yes I have a map and I will take your suggestion. I think that will help me to do as you both say, see what I want to see and than plan out of that :) And I am so happy that I found this forum because there's so much information here!

    Thank you!

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