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1. Posted by LCJ (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

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We're planning a second roadtrip across the States - this time starting in New York and ending in Seattle (or perhaps down the coast to LA or the other way up to Vancouver).
Now, on our last trip we started in New York, headed down through Memphis to New Orleans and all the way to California, with lots of great stops on the way.

It doesn't seem like there are quite as many big cities on the more northern route, and we hope to be spending a lot more time out in the nature -perhaps some places where you can go hiking or something else like that, without us having tried much of it before.

So, can anyone mention not-to-miss cities/national parks/sights/roads/people or well, anything that could make the trip even more awesome, it would be much appreciated!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 5y

I did a 4 week trip earlier this year, basically a loop from San Francisco. The northernmost part we visited was Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP. They are located in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. This seems like the only one I can recommend on a trip from NY to Seattle, although you might choose to travel a more southern route and include Colorado in your trip. The Rocky Mountain NP is a great one as well!
Don't know if you have been to Utah on your previous trip, but I can seriously recommend a lot of great NP in that state. It might be a bit out of your way though.
Otherwise (haven't been there though), the eastern part of South Dakota seems great as well, with the Badlands for example. Wanted to go there on my trip, but was too much of a detour. Glacier NP in northern Montana could be of interest as well. Finally: heard great stories about Theodore Roosevelt NP in North Dakota.
Have fun!

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Nov-2010, at 13:49 by Utrecht ]

3. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 5y

Glacier National Park in Montana.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 5y

I'm not at all familiar with these parts of the US, apart from Chicago, which I'd definitely recommend stopping at.

If it were me, I'd also make an effort to stop at Falling Water in Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous piece of architecture. Guess you have to be somewhat interested in architecture though ;)

5. Posted by sproiing (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Definitely hit Falling Water if you can! Just incredible! And Chicago - again amazing architecture, fantastic public art, awesome food and music. I lived in Jackson WY and highly recommend a drive and short stay through there - the Tetons really are breathtakingly spectacular - great hiking, white-water rafting, nature-loving - but would avoid the midddle of the summer when it's wall-to-wall RV's. Missoula Montana is also a cool town and both the blackfoot (to the north) and bitterroot (to the south) rivers are gorgeous and fun to float (lived there for a while). Also great hiking.

The Gorge on the Columbia river (at George WA), if you are in the right season, is an incredible venue to see a concert. And the camping in the Cascades is fantastic. Or the Olympics are gorgeous too. (I used to live in Seattle too).

And I just recently and oh so briefly discovered Milwaukee is a very cool little city.

6. Posted by delanaloo (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

How far North do you plan on staying? If you take I-80 or 70, you can work in a stop in Southern Utah & I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Capitol Reef, Glen Canyon, Arches... and if that's not enough, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is not too far. And then you are just a few hours from Las Vegas...
If you stick north on I-94, do a few days stop in Yellowstone, Coeur d'Alane, Idaho could also make a pretty little pit stop. And make sure to visit my favorite, Portland, Oregon!

7. Posted by rasheeed (Full Member 75 posts) 5y

Glacier in montana is beautiful. realize though that time of year is important info for us to know. Northern driving in the winter can be pretty nasty...


8. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 5y

I know you mention the north which i never saw too much of but check out my blog on here to see about my roadtrip in 2005.

30 states in 3 months and i loved it (apart from the boring sods i travelled with haha)

9. Posted by LCJ (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Of course. We plan on going over the summer - somewhere between June and August, probably. It may be the most crowded time, but it's also the nicest time to travel (and the only time we can get away from studies for that long).

Actually, I would love going to Utah, but we did Gran Canyon and Vegas on our last trip, so maybe we would get more out of seeing something a bit different... Not that I would ever mind seeing it again!

Yellowstone is definitely on the list, as is Portland and the Tetons.

How about any towns on the way - somewhere with a great atmosphere?

And thanks for all the great advice!

10. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

Boy this is really a tough answer as there are so many places. I know big cities are not your thing, they aren't mine either, but I second a stay in Chicago. We did it for the first time last summer and it was great. You have to take the boat ride tour of the Chicago River.

Aside from that, and at the risk of offending some who live there, I'd make a bee line across the mid west as fast as possible. Someone mentioned The Badlands in South Dakota and I second that as well. From there Mount Rushmore is pretty cool but it is a bit out of the way and may not hold the same interest for a non-American. Of course Yellowstone must be seen. I'm sorry I wasn't able to list specific towns but I can say that you'll find an interesting one without much problem. But from the time you get to SD to the coast most of that area is beautiful parks etc and there are a lot to choose from.