I'm planning to fly into New York on April 10th and drive down to Miami(FL) then up to Wichita (KS). I want to arrive at Wichita for April 22nd.
I want to see as many places as I can on route, but since I've never been to the states before, I don't know which cities would be a good stop off on route and whether I have left myself enough time to complete the drive. Any advice is welcome
The arrival and desintation points are set, but anything else between is open to suggestions. Where would you go?
Well from NYC to Miami, you take I-95 South. That takes you through Philedelphia- Independance Hall, Liberty Bell, Penn Landing, Philedelphia Meuseum of Art (do the Rocky run?). Then off to Baltimore- National Aquarium, Science Center, Fells Point for parties. Then it's Washington DC with all it's meuseums and historic places with Georgetown/Adams Morgan as a bar hopping place. You then hit Richmond (don't know what's there...) and it's Durhan and Savannah, there isn't much til Miami (maybe someone can fill in the details?) But as a suggestion stop by 'South of the Border' and take a few pictures. You will know what I'm talking about as you drive through North Carolina... Stop by a 'Waffle House' for good old franchised Southern Hospitality.
Miami has good bars and clubs. If you are a guy, find a girl. There are alot of clubs that will not allow single guys in; the bouncers let the girls in and the girl brings the guy in. Beaches should be nice in April. Should drive down to Key West just to say you've been at the most southern point of the US.
On the way to Wichita there are many paths you can take, I'm not that familar with the Midwest.
If you're flying into NY, and going over to Kansas, are you sure you want to go through Florida? If your heart is not set on sun and surf, I would definitely recommend going north and then west (instead of south and west).
I would spend 3-4 days in NYC, then drive up to Boston for a night or two, over to Niagra Falls for a night or two, and then to Chicago for two or three. From Chicago you can probably head straight to KS, as there are not many sights in between.
What are you looking to do during your holiday? See historical places, absorb some architecture, natural beauty?
Either way, I would skip the south. The drive through the south would definitely be warmer, but less "feature-rich" as they say.
I think I'd disagree with eakers on this one, but it depends on what you want to see/do.
I'd follow I-95 down as far as Richmond then divert out towards Virginia Beach, stopping at Coloniel Williamsburg, then I'd swing down to the Mariner's Museum down at Newport News. At Cape Charles there are couple of cool lighthouses and if you are feeling really like sightseeing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel crosses (I believe it's 22 miles)the mouth of the bay and is pretty spectacular. From there follow the coast down crossing to the Outer Banks of NC, fun beaches, cheap places to stay at that time of year, great wildlife watching, the banks are about a 3-4 hour drive and you'll take the free ferry from the end down to near Moorehead(sp) City. You can follow the coast down to Charleston (beautiful city), and then if you want down to Savannah. You'll get a little more of a taste for the whole region that way and from Savannah it's less than 2 hours into Florida.
You'll see a lot of barbeque stands and restaurants as you go (often considered America's only real cusine) and tehey are very different in style regionally.
On the way to Kansas I'd probably skip Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana since they are still recovering and go north through Atlanta, Nashville(music capital non rock USA) and Memphis (Graceland, Beale St, Blues). Lots of fun places, some good parties and great music no matter what your taste runs to. The food is good too.
hope it helps.