Well, I finally finished planning my route from N.Y to L.A and back! check it out:
on my way to the west:NY - Phili - D.C - Miami (Should I drive there by Charlotte or by the ocean side?) - Dallas - Santa Fe - Phoenix - San Diego - L.A - SF
on my way back to the east:
Vegas - Salt Lake City - Wyoming parks - South Dakota parks - Chicago - Detroit - Toronto - and finally N.Y again.
what do you think guys? please replay with any suggestion!
Thanks a lot!
Should I join AAA in order to get discounts on motels? is it worth it?
Thats a great route, I did that almost exactly so you are hitting all the right spots! Have fun!
good plan...but I prefer some of the parks in Utah and New Mexico to those in South Dakota...I would stay south for longer and miss Wyoming but instead hit Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion, much of Colorado (Mesa Verde is great). Also stay in northern Arizona instead of Phoenix....if its scenery you want rather than large cities.
p.s. AAA not worth it...the southern US, especially in the west, has so many dicount motels. I went a few years ago expecting to camp but instead stayed in endless $30-40 a night motels.
Great route, Dan., I have one suggestion.
From LA to SF make sure you take Highway 101 instead of I-5. Especially right out of LA you'll prefer to see the ocean. After SF are you flying to Vegas? You're missing out on a beautiful drive up Highway 1 in Northern California and I notice that Seattle or Portland is not on your list. The Northwest is a hard spot to miss out on in my opinion...but I understand heading up there could pose a problem. Would you consider going up there then flying to Vegas?
Good luck! You really can't go wrong.
just make sure you dont miss hollywood whilst your in LA
I know that a lot of fast food resturants & rest stops have coupon books for hotels, and you can get pretty good prices.
Personally, I'd skip Detroit and come on over to the west side of the state. It's on your way to Chicago, anyway. I'd hang out for a few days in a B&B in Saugatuck / Douglas perhaps tour the Lake Michigan coast a bit, then head on to Chicago.
I suppose it depends what you want to do, but Detroit isn't a major tourist destination...even with the Superbowl last year there's not much to do but watch professional sports and maybe gamble.
On the AAA thing, depending on how much a membership is, it might be worthwhile. Not so much for a hotel discount or two as much as that you can get free maps from them...and it sounds like you might get your money's worth in free maps.
I agree with Bogman and Berkrules. The places to go in Utah are Zion, Bryce Canyon, southern end of Lake Powell, and Moab (Arches National Park). They outscenic the parks in South Dakota 10-1 (the only real thing to see in SD are Mount Rushmore and the Badlands--and these are just so-so).
And yes, if you take I-5 in California you'll think you're in the ugliest state in the country--but if you take 101 and Highway 1, you'll realize you're in one of, if not the single most beautiful state in the country. There are lots of wineries along the way as well as coastal scenes that are simply unbelievable.
Here's a sample:
Also, if you go to the links on this page to: West Coast 3, you'll see scenes from northern California, Oregon, and Washington.
Hello guys, well, my trip has been postponed to August 1st.
so my question is, should i drive through the north or the south first? (weather issues...)
Thanks!! anymore tips about my route will be greatly appreciated!!