Hey! I'm moving from NYC to LA in November. I want to leave in mid-November (preferably the 13th) and want to give myself a week to get out there so I can take it slow. I'm also taking mini detours through random states, so the route isn't really direct across the country. I'll be going through NY, NJ, PA, MD, WV, KY, TN, AL, MS, AR, MO, KS, OK, TX, NM, AZ and CA.
I've never really been to the south or midwest before and I wasn't scared about it, but then I read a bunch of websites that say to have caution while traveling through those areas because people will steal your car or things in your car, and "murder" you?? (Yes, the person in one post actually said that!!!) I'll be staying mainly at chain hotels in/around cities, and find it hard to believe that there are thieves and murderers lurking in busy parking lots. And I mean... I'm from NYC! I'd like to think I'm tough enough for the midwest?
Here is my rough, first draft itinerary...
DAY 1- from NY to Morgantown WV, stay at Best Western
DAY 2- from WV to Chattanooga TN, stay at Fairfield Inn Marriott
DAY 3- from TN to Little Rock AR, stay at La Quinta Inn
DAY 4- from AR to Oklahoma City OK, stay at Comfort Inn
DAY 5- from OK to Albuquerque NM, stay at Suburban Extended Stay
DAY 6- from NM to Flagstaff AZ, stay at Radisson Woodlands Hotel
DAY 7- from AZ to Los Angeles CA
How does that sound? I've never done a real road trip before. Earlier this year, a friend and I drove from Denver to Nebraska, going through Wyoming, but it was a day trip. It wasn't too intense. I'll be traveling alone this time, too, and as a 23 year old female, is that a scary thing? Like I said, I'm from NYC and have lived in some pretty sketchy places! And I'll only be driving during the day, roughly 8-10 hours a day.
What are some hints and pointers you can offer to this newbie? THANKS!