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1. Posted by harnes01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

We're going to be travelling down the West Coast of the States starting June this year. We've got 30 dyas to get from Seattle to Orlando, Florida and I'd appreciate any advice you might have. Any must see's along the way...any tips on where to stay (we were thinking of camping as we've only got a small budget)...any tips on hiring a car for one way trip (it seems really expensive to do this)...pretty much anything you might want to share!

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi harnes,

Sorry it's taken so long to respond.

The quickest route can be seen by opening this link: Google Maps - Seattle. If you click the link at the top of the menu on the left called "Get Directions", you'll get two fields, one of which will have "Seattle" already filled in. Type "Orlando" in the other one and then click the "Get Directions" button. The software will then plot the route for you.

Yellowstone National Park would be well worth a visit. That's located in Wyoming and only requires a short detour off your projected route. You can swap "Orlando" for Yellowstone National Park to get directions from Seattle.

You can use this site to find some good campsites: Campsites USA

For more info, click the link to "Travel Guide" in the menu on this site. You'll find a host of recommendations there.

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Seattle to Orlando you can do in under a week easily, sharing the wheel. If you're stopping for the night in rooms, then allow just over 7 days with a leisurely drive.
Just please bear in mind - a rent-a-car has free mileage, motorhomes do not. They work out so scary expensive and almost spoil the trip unless you've a bottomless pit of wedge in your pocket. Even though they save you the getting a hotel room - the cost is still more for the mileage charge and the very high consumption of fuel they use.
Should be a great drive. I've done thousands of miles in N. America, both in the USA and Canada - and it's just so wonderful and easy.

4. Posted by harnes01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for these. Looks like we may have to change our plans though cause we can't find a rental company that will let us hire in Seattle and drop off in Orlando without exuberant drop off fee's. Any suggestions?

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Try a driveaway service. these are companys that match people wanting their car driven to different locations and people wanting to get to different locations. BTW "travelling the west coast"? you do know Florida is on the east coast right?

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The one way rent-a-car thing in the USA and Canada used to be such a big business - and cheap too. Now with the age of budget airlines, it's becoming a thing of the past. Tricky one. I suppose the choices are.... The price of one way flights back to Washington - v - the one way drop off fee - v - scrap the FLA. plan and do CA. instead. The West Coast is wonderful, with beautiful mountans all the way down towards Mexico. Take a slightly different route back, perhaps through Nevada, Idaho and Montana. It'll still be just so memorable. Your call.

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