Skip Navigation

Best way to travel across US?!

Travel Forums North America Best way to travel across US?!

  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

11. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Do some research. I believe there are a number of ride sharing websites out there, try craigslist

Then look into driveaway services. These are companys that have customers that want a car shipped from point A to point B. You pay the gas, but you get use of the car and a limited number of days to deliver. heres one Auto driveaway

finally check the car rental websites for auto relocation deals. Car rental companys often get stuck with cars in one location and need to move them to another. You get free use of the car, and sometimes some paid gas depending on how much they need the car moved.

good luck and happy travels

P.S im assuming that since you asked about rental cars that you are 21 or over as thats the age limit for auto rental of any kind in the US.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jul-2010, at 04:12 by Dodger ]

12. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

100% not Amtrak. Make that 1000%. Ive done Amtrak and for short periods (a day or two) its good and efficient. But after that, it gets tedious and you're very restricted as to what you see and do.
100% - make that 1000% again.... Take the car.

13. Posted by mike2010 (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

I now agree with you 'flyingbob', after researching and reading a lot of books, i think i am definately going to have to do it by car.

now to find a travel partner....


14. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 6y

I did a 3 month travel of the States. Started in Miami, up the East Coast, into Canada, back down into the States, across the top, into Canada, down the West Coast, ending in San Diego.
I rented a car, actually i rented two cars because the max rental period i found was 60 days and i was there for 90 days, i found planning out all my accomodation in advance helped alot because then i knew if they had parking and if it was free (In fact i chose alot of places based on if they had free parking as aposed to the accomodation itself).
I stayed at a lot of KOA campsites which are SUPERB!!
And i found the bonus of having a car meant i could stop off in smaller towns for a look around.
The freedom of a car, to me, was much better.

I have so much more detailed information if you need it.
Ask away any questions.

15. Posted by d03mm (Budding Member 67 posts) 6y

hey All,

I plan to start in Boston and travel down to Florida in 4weeks? Is that possible. I plan to leave on the 23rd September 2010. Anybody wish to join? Not sure if I should skip Florida and go to New Orleans?

Any information would be usual folks....thanks :)

16. Posted by KWentin (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Quoting mike2010

I now agree with you 'flyingbob', after researching and reading a lot of books, i think i am definately going to have to do it by car.

now to find a travel partner....


when would you do that? I'm thinking about a trip like that (east to west) first half of 2011 also for 3 months by rental car a travel partner would cut costs a lot :D

but also i would be using couchsurfing wherever possible :)

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2010, at 11:36 by KWentin ]

17. Posted by Lonnie (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y

Hi Mike,

I would travel the nothern route. as I have don several times both east to west west to east. It is cold after September however and culd be snowy until April.
Go Boston to Buffalo, Erie to Chicago, South Dakota to Wyoming and then down south to Moab Utah, Grand canyon and west to California.
Combine Amtrak with rental cars that you book in in each major city. otherwise you will not see places like the Badlands, Yyellowstone, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon Las vegas, and dozens of others.

Good trip,

Post 18 was removed by a moderator
19. Posted by pietaza (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

mike2010 - We want to see a bit of usa - our biggest problem is the xchange rates, which are prohibitive. We pay about R8 / Dollar, which cuts down on our options. Keep planning and let us know what you find!

20. Posted by MarianLope (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hello Mike. It's good to plan in advance your trip in USA. What I can say is better for you to surf in the net if you would like to know the pricing and cost of car rental.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

  • 1
  • 2