I've been reading this site for a while now and my trip is now booked- well sort of! My girlfrind and I are flying from London on the 19th December to Washington and plan to spend 6 weeks driving across the country. Although we need to be in San Fran for a week at the end. i have worked out a basic trip which includes about 3 nights in Washington just to settle in. I am thinking of spending christmas in New York although we have both been there before and its very expensive. I would also like to visit the Amish in Lancaster County before I turn back and head south.
The rest of the trip would be heading south through Virginia (she wants to see the Dirty Dancing hotel at Mountain Lake), through North Caroline, and South Carolina. If I dont spend Christmas in New York then I would possibly like to spend it in Charleston - or any other places if people have any ideas.
Which, if I did would want to spend new years in Orlando - been there before too, but she loves Disney.
After that, the plan is to head back through Georgia keeping south towards Alabama, through Mississippi and then on to New Orleans. Then I would be travelling roughly towards Houston then northwards towards Amarillo and carry on along the old Route 66 stopping at many places. I would carry on on Route 66 until I get to Las Vegas where I want about 4 nights. I would visit the Grand canyon seperatly. After that I would be off the Los Angeles for some time and then up the coast to San Fran.
I dont want to plan anything other the very begining and end which are the most important especially as its Christmas. Any ideas on the best place. If I did go for New york then I wouldnt hire a car until I had finished there. All of the other nights I will be staying at motels and probably a decent hotel maybe every 5 nights, but obviously I wont know where that is until the day.
What I need to know is if there are any places that I should definitly see along that route (i know its seems a broad question) but anything of interest. I like the old wild west towns if they exist! Small villages - the old way of life. I dont mind big cities too
Also, im a truck driver in England and I would probably want to visit some truck stops, which actually sounds quite sad now I have written that down! Will I be spending too much time on the East Coast if i Go to New York, leaving there on the 27th December? Where would I go for New Years Eve?
Sorry If I have gone a bit but I cant believe I am Actually going now.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.