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1. Posted by hayleypotts (Budding Member 11 posts) 27w

Hello! i am planning a road trip around America and want to visit the following places
Virginia
West Virginia
Texas
North Carolina
Georgia
Alabama
Ohio
Tennessee
South Carolina

this is all new to me but an absolute dream of mine but i need some sort of organised order, any help would be much appreciated!! :)

2. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 627 posts) 27w

Hello

Play with Google maps - here is one of many routes you could take.

Drag a location to a different position - add places, cites, states - whatever.

Planning is a good part ot the fun of travelling.

Steve

[ Edit: Edited on 24-May-2016, at 14:44 by hasbeen ]

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 27w

I must say, that's not a destination list that very many people would make for a first time visit.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by hayleypotts (Budding Member 11 posts) 27w

Hello Steve,
Thank you very much I never thought of that and that route you've done looks good, thanks for your help :)

Well Terry, that's all part of the fun, doing something different to others isn't it! Thanks :)

Hayley

5. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 627 posts) 27w

Hayley - did you notice on the Google map, the mileage for that trip is 3,328 miles, & 52 hours driving? Amazing that it only covers a fraction of the USA.

With the map - I just typed in your list of states & then shuffled the places to avoid too much back tracking. I see now that your TP map has you criss-crossing the country & that looks like a nice idea too - just follow your nose & see where it leads you.

Steve

6. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 27w

If you're planning to rent a car for your road trip, know that many firms charge an under-age fee if you're under 25. It can get expensive. Also, some companies have limitations on where you can take the vehicle. There are likely to be drop off charges if you rent in one city; and return it in another. You're required to have insurance to drive in the U.S.

Public transportation in much of the U.S. is more limited than in Europe. If you're interested in taking intercity buses, here's a useful Web site: https://www.greyhound.com/en/

Besides transportation, you'll need to arrange accommodations. If you're on a tight budget, it's wise to plan ahead. Hostels are few and far between. Airbnb is a possibility; but getting to places with public transportation might be an issue. Within cities, Uber and Lyft can get you to places at reasonable cost, if you have an account and a smartphone. No money changes hands; the cost of the ride is charged to the credit card attached to your account. Hope this helps.

P.S. It would be better if you can find someone to travel with you to share the expenses.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2016, at 05:24 by berner256 ]

7. Posted by hayleypotts (Budding Member 11 posts) 27w

Hello Steve, yes i did, obviously i don't want to spend my whole trip driving and will do alternate transportation but would like to drive as much as possible. Also once i probably start my journey my routes will probably change but if i have some sort of idea and organisation to begin with it will all fall into place better. I will have a play about with google maps thank you :).

Thanks for your advice Berner256, i knew about the 25 year old age limit on most car rentals, i am planning this trip way in advance so hopefully won't be a problem for me, i didn't know about the pick up charges so thats good to know, something to research! with me planning so far in advance its allowing me to get idea for all these things so i know how much money i would possibly need. :)

8. Posted by hayleypotts (Budding Member 11 posts) 27w

Also, can anybody tell me what time of the year is best to travel?

9. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 27w

You might be able to save time and money by using some flights, then renting a car to drive around a region. There are discount carriers, such as Frontier, that offer cheap fares, although they have extra charges for bags, seat assignment, etc. Southwest Airlines, which sells tickets only on its Web site, also offers reasonably priced one-way fares. I'm flying Southwest from Atlanta nonstop to New York City LaGuardia next month for $102. That's about half of what Delta Air Lines is charging. But Delta also has lower priced "basic economy" flights on some routes where there is competition from the likes of Frontier, Spirit, Southwest, etc. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to snag one of those basic economy fares to New York (they were all gone by the time I booked). You'll get the cheaper fares if you purchase in advance. Just another thing to consider in your planning.

P.S. Southwest is one of the biggest airlines in the U.S. It does not charge for checked bags (two with each flight). Other airlines charge per bag.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2016, at 09:12 by berner256 ]

10. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 528 posts) 27w

I personally like traveling in spring and fall. You'll pay more during the peak summer travel season (from Memorial Day to Labor Day), along with the major holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.