Ok, I'm from the UK and the U.S is the first port of call for me and my friend on our world trip. I plan to travel from NYC - L.A with a friend starting at the end of August when we fly in from the UK. We would like to end up in L.A. about 2 months later.
The places we want to visit in between are Washington, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Austin, Denver, All the national parks(Bryce etc), Las Vegas, Yosemite & San Fran.
We will fly between Miami & New Orleans and Austin & Denver.
Please could people help with the following questions:-
What are must see's that I have missed?
Which parts will be boring/difficult overland routes?
Is 2 months enough?
Is it easier to see Yosemite between Vegas and San Fran or San Fran and L.A.
We may fly Vegas to San Fran, would this be a mistake?
I would be eternally grateful if someone has the patience to give me a rough idea how long each segment would take if we were to take our time and spend a night or 2 at most major towns/cities.
Sorry forgot to mention also we are uncertain about which is the best/cheapest ways to get around the U.S.
We will be travelling on public transport from NYC to Denver but we have the option of buying/renting a car for the rest of the journey.
What I really need advice on is how to get about.
We really want to see all the national parks(bryce, arches yosemite, grand canyon) but I am struggling to find any information to tell me how accessible these places are by public transport, e.g. Greyhound.
We are open to buying/renting a car. If the greyhound is going to restrict us which i fear it is we may have to bite the bullet and buy a car. i thought there may be an option of renting a car in one city and dropping it off in another. Is this possible? If it is could you please tell me which companies do this.
Also, if someone could tell me a rough timescale of how long it will take to complete the journey I would be very grateful.
The trip will be:-
NYC - Miami
Miami - New Orleans
New Orleans - Austin
Austin - flight to Denver
Denver - Las Vegas(via all the national parks in Colorado)
Vegas - San Fran
San Fran - L.A
We want to stop at all interesting places in between and not be rushed.