From South Florida to Northern California.
In August I am moving from Florida to Northern California. Not San Francisco, real Northern California, about 5.5 hours north of San Francisco. After deciding to drive out there, I figured I may as well turn it into a mini road trip since I am already crossing the country. This idea came to me after I google mapped the fastest route which goes straight across Texas, and decided that I have never been to Texas, and my first time was NOT going to be driving across it. I hear that is the WORST drive EVER! Plus it will be August and SO hot.
My best friend and I will just have graduated college, and since I am already moving out there, I figured it would be good to make a little ‘graduation’ fun trip out of it. The problem with such a distance is all the options routes to take and all the awesome things to see on the way and which ones to pick over others.
I don’t want this trip to take more than a week, (since i am going to Alaska probably right afterwards, i am out of control, i know!) and the route I have just began to look at is…
Orlando—Atlanta—Nashville—St. Louis—Kansas City—Denver—Through Utah (arches state park maybe)—Las Vegas—Through Death Valley—Through Yosemite—San Francisco—To Arcata, California.
Although there seems to be a lot of awesome things to see if I went the Arizona, New Mexico route, and I know the desert is beautiful, but I am a Florida girl, and the deserts don’t really do it for me. I was considering the other route because, I am a Florida girl, and the Mountains still mesmerize me with their beauty, plus green scenery can be more fun then brown in my opinion.
This is not a set route though, it is just the current one I was thinking of, My trip just needs to start in Orlando, Fl. And end in Arcata, CA. Without driving through Texas, and making sure we drive through San Francisco, my friend hasn’t been to the west coast yet and the Golden Gate is a must. and i havent ever been to new orleans before, i dont know if its going to be anything like before after katrina.. but maybe that is more a week long experience, not a drive by.
We do not have a ton of money, but have places to stay most all over the country, are cool with packing a tent if thats where the route takes us, and will definitely be cool with throwing down for a hotel.
We are interested in seeing as much as we can of the country and the most beautiful things this trip could offer. The most scenic route would be appreciated since we probably will not take whole days to go walk around national parks everyday, even though I really would like to do Yosemite.
1) looking for a route from Orlando Florida to Arcata California
2) do NOT want to drive through texas
3) DO want to drive through San Francisco
4) want to see the best sites in the shortest amount of time
.... i think that is everything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated route, tourist sites, or just great scenic areas we could drive through, She is a photo major, so i think this will be awesome!