im just starting off my life as a traveler and i am flying into miami on the 13th of november and have 3 months to get accross to los angeles i was hoping to travel through the south mainly and i was just looking for any advice or tips anyone may have and if there are any places that i just have to see or avoid.
i'll be greatfull for anything you have to say, cheers
Check out Austin, Texas on your way through Texas. Austin is the home of the University of Texas, a fantastically beautiful campus and worth a visit. Go on the weekend and head out on Friday and Saturday night to 6th street. Seven blocks of Sixth Street in downtown Austin from Congress Avenue to Interstate 35 is the entertainment district, and becomes a pedestrian mall on Friday and Saturday nights. The numerous clubs along Sixth Street throw open their windows and their doors and live music flows out into the street. Austin is known as the live music capital of the world, and hearing the mix of blues, country, rock, and urban music mixing in the night air, you can understand why. Every bar has a band. It is a festival atmosphere every weekend, and definitely worth the trip to Austin.
New Orleans is a blast. Take in the night life and the history. U can drive across the south to LA in little over a week. U should detour and check out everything. Chicago is cool city along with NY. Boston, Wyoming, Denver,Vegas. So many place. We even did not touch canada or mexico! U going to rent a car? If not, the train is a cool way to do it. If u looking for cheap..go greyhound! U are going to find out, like eveywhere else in the world the US is very diverse...take in!
New Orleans is fantastic, very very different from the other parts of the deep south I've been to. I loved it spent some very happy (and hot) days there, don't miss The Voodoo Spiritual Temple and enjoy the great live music, if you want to do a swamp tour look out for the eco friendly ones.
Allow plenty of time for the south west, it's so beautiful and there's so much to see, we didn't have time for all of it when where there, or rather we got to a point when we couldn't take in more.
Don't miss Zion Nat'l Park, Grand Canyons North Rim, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Turcoise Trail, Bandelier Nat'l Park.. Oh there's so much, read The Rough Guide 'South West USA' before going there.
You'll have a fantastic time!
Agree with the other posters who suggest New Orleans, Austin, and the great southwest national parks and wilderness areas.
Three other suggestions I would make--
- 1--go to San Antonio riverwalk and the Alamo (also in San Antonio) while heading to Austin (it's just an hour south--and you kind of have to go there anyway if you stay on the main roads through Texas),
- 2--go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's pretty much on the way, and it's like going to another country itself. Lots of adobes and great Mexican food (at Maria's) and southwestern art.
- 3--definitely go to Las Vegas after finishing up with Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon. Then travel on to LA.
Other possibilities--take a little extra time once in LA to see it, San Diego, or Santa Barbara. Also, Sedona (Arizona) is great--but it's hard to go there and also do the southwestern parks--so given a choice, I'd do the parks.
Things I wouldn't do--I wouldn't do like one poster suggested and go all the way north to Chicago and visit all the midwest in-between. The good things about Chicago are not worth the time you'd waste getting there, the southern part of the country (in the middle) is more interesting than the northern middle part, and the weather will be getting worse and worse in the north as time goes by, so you might end up hitting large snow storms in a month or two in that area (does 10 below zero sound like a real fun vacation?).
Stay with the southern trip you have planned and you will be happy you did. Enjoy
One other place I forgot to mention--probably because I've never been there myself.
Some people will claim that Carlsbad caverns (in the southern eastern corner of New Mexico) should be on this list. These are the largest caves in the U.S. It would be tough to do this and Santa Fe, though, so you might have to choose between the two.
I did somewhat of similar thing, I travelled from Bay area to Baltimore by trains takin stops in between. I'll reccomend the white deserts of New Mexico and Grand Canyon in Arizona. New Orleans and areas around it (lafayette has some great food and great music), ofcourse.
Also if you can checkout swamps of Florida. I think there are some places in FL where you can swim with manatees. Big bend is also a great place to be in TX.
Nah. I have to disagree with Cruzer(respectfully). If you got 3 mos to kill, why not detour? Sure weather varies, but thats anywhere in the world. In the south u might experience some HEAVY rainfall. So if u got the xtra funds, venture out. Enjoy it..nobody is promised tommorow.
Either or...have good time.
New Orleans FOR SURE! You won't regret it! Also, one of my biggest dreams is to camp out in the Grand Canyon, so I'd say do not miss out on that one. Las Vegas is just a hop skip and a few hours away at that point . Oh and if I might suggest a minor detour, go to Nashville, Tennessee. Definitely worth it. Take in all the country music atmosphere. I'm not a country fan but I really liked what little I saw of the city. Also, I'd make a detour to Atlanta, Georgia, just cause it's a big city and it's not really that off course of your cross southern country trip. Another stop I'd make in Georgia would be Savannah.
But I have to admit, if you do have 3 months to get across... it would be nice to see some of the biggest attractions in the States. But if you decide to stick to the south, then I'd suggest staying in key cities for say a week at a time, so that way, you can get a feel for the city and not feel like you're running after your ultimate destination. Basically what I'm trying to say is make it a journey not a destination.