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1. Posted by bunnies7 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 20 Apr '14 02:35

I'm going to be broad here and probably annoy a lot of you - but I need help!
I have already done as much research as I can via google but will always prefer the answers of my fellow travellers - residents and visitors alike.

Myself and a friend will be travelling to the US next year, probably beginning mid March for about 7 weeks and will be flying in and out of LA.

Our first plan was to hire a car for the whole 7 weeks (expensive I know!) see a couple of places on the west before driving across to the east and spending most of our time there. If we were to do this do we drive along the South or cut through the middle? What would be the most scenic route? Where would be the best places to stop along the way?
I know that a non-stop drive would take about 40hrs - that's obviously not going to happen. How much time would I consume driving say from LA to Florida including stops and spending decent time in towns along the way.

Our second option would be to fly to the East Coast from LA and pick up a car there, driving top to bottom before flying back to LA and then home. Obviously this way will save a lot of time but I will also miss out on everything in-between.

Will the cross-country drive be worth spending all that money on fuel? or do I save some money and spend more time in the East/West Coast cities?
I know everyone is going to have different suggestions here but I'd love to hear what they are :)
Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru, 344 posts) 20 Apr '14 04:13

Quoting bunnies7

.....I know that a non-stop drive would take about 40hrs - that's obviously not going to happen. How much time would I consume driving say from LA to Florida including stops and spending decent time in towns along the way.

Still going to be 40 hours driving so it depends how many hours to want to drive per day, And do you want to drive every day.

Quoting bunnies7

Our second option would be to fly to the East Coast from LA and pick up a car there, driving top to bottom before flying back to LA and then home. Obviously this way will save a lot of time but I will also miss out on everything in-between.

Forget it..

Quoting bunnies7

Will the cross-country drive be worth spending all that money on fuel? or do I save some money and spend more time in the East/West Coast cities?
I know everyone is going to have different suggestions here but I'd love to hear what they are

What are you going to tell your Grandkids. I drove from Maine to Florida ( That's kinda boring Grandma, what did you do after lunch? )
or
LA all the way across the USA, Coast to Coast. ( wow Grandma, Really? Did you see the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, The Rockies, Cowboys, Indians, The Great Plains, Route 66, dip your toe in the MIssissippi & Atlantic. Memphis, Savannah, New York.?
Grandma, you were so cool in the old days.

Steve

3. Posted by hensleyk (Budding Member, 2 posts) 8 Aug '14 06:03

Is your time frame at all negotiable? I have recently begun toying with the idea of trying to meet up with some international travelers and allow my car for use for all of us. Still in the very beginning stages of being planned.

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