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Travelling from NY to LA in an please!

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1. Posted by teamass (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hey, me and 2 other friends are travelling across the US and are possibly hiring an RV...has anyone done this and do you have any advice? Is it better to travel via car or maybe greyhound? And also, is it worth going to places such as Indiana?

Cheers xx

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

An RV is a good way to go, but keep in mind that if the weather if bad (cold and snowy)--or if you get to southern California near LA during the windy times (which is the autumn) driving an RV can be difficult if you get off the major highways. Particularly, winds in the desert east of LA get up to 65 miles an hour during these times and can simply pick up an RV and blow it right off the road. So make sure you get one when the weather is better --which is most of the time.

As far as Indiana, it's kind of flat in the north and slightly hilly in the south. It has pretty towns like Bloomington in the south central area where Indiana University is (my son goes to school there right now--and it's one of the 10 prettiest colleges in the county)--but it also has ugly areas like in the northwest (Gary, Indiana) where it's extremely industrial and quite run down. Overall, Indiana is neither a lot better nor a lot worse than most others states in the country--but it's not considered one of the more scenic ones, if that is your question.

If you are looking for the most scenic states, they would probably be:
Utah--in the south--and particularly the southeast near Moab and at the south end of Lake Powell (check out this link:
and also Bryce Canyon just north of this area; here's a picture:

Other scenic states:
Arizona--northern areas near Grand Canyon and just north of the Canyon--particularly near Monument Valley
Colorado--anywhere west of Denver
New England states (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and northern part of New York during the autumn month when the trees are all changing colors)
California--coastlines and the mountains and even the deserts (but not the ugly Central Valley area)
Michigan--in the far north during the summer
Virginia and Maryland--in the western portions (nice Appalachian Mountain hillsides)
Washington--near the Seattle area and west of here also (Olympic National Park)
Hawaii--beautiful weather always in the islands
Alaska--supposed to be dramatic frontier views--but I've never been there personally.
Tennessee--on the far eastern end in the Great Smoky Mountains.


[ Edit: Edited on Nov 16, 2007, at 9:54 PM by Calcruzer ]

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

RV sounds like a good idea to me, just be sure to plan where you're going to stop for the nights (even just a variety of possibilities) so you know if you can plug in and all that good stuff. As far as where to go and what to see: when are you going, how long do you have, and what kinda stuff do you like to do?