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Road trip in the USA - need your tips & opinions

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1. Posted by Trav360 (Budding Member 3 posts) 22w

Hi everyone, as in every year I'm starting to plan my summer vacation few months in advance.
This year I've decided to go to the US, I'm just still not sure where exactly in the US I want to go 
I'm not an American so I really need your honest recommendations in order to find out my next destination this summer.
I made a road trip to California 2 years ago and a regular trip to New York last year. I liked the road trip much better, hence this year it's also going to be on the road.

Currently I'm tempted to choose one of the following courses:
- California (again)
- Florida (Miami ->Tampa -> Orlando-> Jacksonville)
- Texas (Huston -> San Antonio -> Austin -> Dallas)
- East coast(Boston -> New York -> Philadelphia -> Washington)

My decision factors would be:
- The sites (most important)
- The food (very important)
- The people
- Budget

Looking forward to hear your opinions and recommendations.
Also, if you have special tips or recommendations for some of the locations specifically, please share them – I want to share it in a public trip Diary like I did in my previous vacation to California.

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3. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 219 posts) 21w

Read your own post and tell me what information you have given that would give the reader any indication of what to suggest to you.

You list several possible areas of travel. Over what period of time? Are you talking about flying to an area and then driving a rental car around the places you list, for a week, 2 weeks? Or for 2 months? How long you have will influence whether someone thinks a given alternative makes much sense or not.

You say the most important factor is 'the sites'. What sites? Airplane crash sites? You give no indication whatsoever of what kind of 'sites' you are interested in. Architecture, scenery (which is sights not sites), museums, etc.? No one has a crystal ball here that I am aware of.

Next you list 'food' as very important. What kind of food? Food in what respect? How will the food in one area rate higher in your decision than the food in another area? Seafood in your Texas list of places is not likely to compete with seafood in Boston for example. So just how does 'food' fit into your decision?

Then we have 'the people'. Yet again, what does that mean? They will all be Americans and at the same time they will all be individuals. Just how do you think 'the people' will differ from one area to another?

Finally, we come to 'budget'. What budget? If you don't say what kind of budget you want to travel on, how would you expect anyone to suggest what is possible or not and for what? What do you expect for whatever budget you want to travel on? Five star, budget Motel 6, supermarket food?

It's very easy to post asking for advice but if you expect relevant responses, you have to post enough information for people to be able to make intelligent suggestions that fit your situation. The more thought you put into your post to begin with, the more thought people will put into the responses.

4. Posted by zoemorelli (Budding Member 4 posts) 21w

I'm a road trip expert but I usually camp and visit scenic areas, national parks and such ... if you want to know about anything like that message me.

5. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 21w

Suggest you consider a road trip from Seattle to San Francisco, or all the way to San Diego. Great scenery, great food, great wine. There are vineyards and wineries from Washington to Oregon to California. You'll find everything you want on the Pacific Coast Highway. The people, from all over the world, are friendly, too.

Florida and Texas will be hot and muggy during the summer. There are likely to be thunderstorms, as well as potential hurricanes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Driving from Boston to Washington, D.C., will be expensive. You'll have to consider not only the cost of gasoline, but also parking and tolls. Parking rates in New York City are eye-popping. I lived there in 1976-'77; and I'm almost certain parking rates haven't dropped since then. Plus, New York City accommodations are among the world's most expensive.

Travel in the U.S. can bust your budget if you're not careful. You'll have more options by driving down the PCH than the Boston-D.C. corridor.

6. Posted by Trav360 (Budding Member 3 posts) 21w

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I'm actually more into a combination between scenic roads and urban areas.

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Seattle to SF sounds interesting.. I'll research more of this course.
BTW, I'm not planning to use my car in Manhattan just gonna live it in my hotel for few days.
Thanks for the warning.

7. Posted by JackieMac (First Time Poster 1 posts) 21w

Quoting Trav360

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BTW, I'm not planning to use my car in Manhattan just gonna live it in my hotel for few days.
Thanks for the warning.

If you mean park it up at the hotel you are staying in, most charge for parking and it ain't cheap.

The west of the US has lots to see. You could try doing the Grand Circle road trip. You see a lot of great sights and there are cheap motels and campsites most places. Google it. Well worth doing!

Have fun.

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 17w

I would go with the LA-SF-Las Vegas-San DIego-LA trip.

However, a few things to know. I would start in San Francisco, then go to LA, then San Diego, then Las Vegas and end in SF, not start in LA. The reason is you will want to stop at a winery or restaurant or two while in the middle part of California (near Paso Robles or Santa Barbara)--and you will want to have taken the coastal route from SF to Monterey to Paso Robles before drinking even a drop as this is an absolutely beautiful route, but also an extremely dangerous road if you try to do it while having any alcohol in your system.

Also, I suggest you stop in Monterey or Carmel for a day--and take the "17-mile drive" which is the most beautiful road in the US in a metropolitan area. I live halfway between San Francisco and Carmel, so I am biased, but I live here because it is heaven on earth--best views (redwoods and beaches), best weather year-round, safest (there hasn't been 1 murder in my city in the past 15 years), and most laid-back and easy going city around. The only problem is that the housing prices are high, but that is because the city of Santa Cruz buys up all the land it can and saves it to be used for public parks or public beaches, or to enlarge the local university at some point in the next 50 years. Even cruise ships aren't allowed because they don't want to take the chance of ruining the purity of the Monterey Bay through cruise ship dumping garbage in the bay.

Then, when coming back from Las Vegas, I would go through Death Valley, then cut through Yosemite National Park and visit one or two wineries {like Klinker-Brick or Berghold) near the city of Lodi on the way back to San Francisco. The prices are about 1/4th as much as in Napa, and the wines they sell as almost as good. (For me, I really can't tell the difference, and I've been drinking California wines for 30 years).

Enjoy your trip.