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  1. Default East to West Coast End of Summer Trip

    Hey Everyone,

    I'm a college student looking to go on a 2 week road trip from coast to coast with a few friends this summer.

    We'll be starting from Northern DE, most likely in early this a good time or would beginning of summer (end of May, June) be better?

    We want to drive across the Midwest on our way to the West, probably across US-50. When we get to CA we want to hit San Fran and go south along the coast. Coming back we want cover the Southern US and possibly hit route 66 going North then take us-50 back to MD.

    We don't really have much of an itinerary as of now, just want to see the prominent sights of the West (Grand Canyon, San Fran, some national parks, death valley if possible, route 66, etc.)

    Do you experienced travelers have any suggestions for routes, sights, or time of year to travel? We're pretty open to anything so whatever you could add would be helpful. Thanks.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    If you only have 2 weeks to go coast to coast and back, you don't have much time to do much other than on the direct route. Even without sightseeing, you should figure a maximum of 550 miles a day on Interstate highways, less on slower roads.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    As glc pointed out, two weeks is really the minimum time needed to do the trip you have in mind. You simply cannot go wandering down two-lane roads such as US-50 for long distances hoping to find things worth seeing and having adventures. You will need to sit down with your friends and decide what you want to see. Get a good map and start marking the places you decide on. If things fall in line, or even in two separate lines out and back, that's fine, but if they don't you'll have to make hard decisions on what to drop. As a general clue, look at what's along and near I-70 for one leg, and I-40 for the other. There is no shortage of worthwhile venues along either route. But you must draw up an itinerary and stick to it. It would be much too easy to get lost in the thrill of such a drive and find yourself with four days' worth of driving to get home and only two days to do it in, a recipe for disaster.

    If you have the opportunity, you should do the trip earlier in the summer. August, especially in the southwest (monsoon season) and the South is not for the faint of heart.

    Last edited by AZBuck; 03-24-2009 at 04:14 PM. Reason: Relocated Title

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    Awesome, thanks for the feedback...looks like a 3-4 week trip near the beginning of summer would be much better.

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