i am planning a 2 month trip around usa in aug/sept 2012. i want to spend 2 or 3 weeks in alaska and visit - new york, la, sanfrancisco,las vegas,miami,yellowstone national park ...could anyone suggest a suitable itinerary? i am not sure how much time i should be spening in the big cities.i mostly like the wilderness and would be open to suggestions as to where else i should visit.any advice is much appreciated, thanks
I used a car to drive around America a few times but many Americans use planes for anything over a few hundred miles as flights are cheap and frequent (then they hire a car).
Because America is so big there are lots of open spaces there to choose from, as well as national parks, etc, notably a few hundred miles inland from the west, east and south.
Your choices are at opposite ends of the country (NY and LA, Miami and Alaska), so lots of travelling. But cars have unlimited mileage. Beware of a steep one way charge if you drop it at a depot other than the one where you picked it up.
I found it best not to work to a proper schedule so if I liked a place I could stay longer and if I did not, I could move on. You should have no trouble with accommodation (other than expense), which I have found is cheaper these days to book online (as in pop in an internet cafe).
Down south can get very hot in August so you might like to leave that part till late in your holiday.
thanks for the tips cyberia.any suggestions on alaska? was looking to spend a lot of time in the wilderness, see denali and do the stampede trial
You may want to think about breaking it up into chunks. Renting a car for the west coast (Alaska down to Vegas) then flying to the east coast. Miami is REALLY far south even though it may not look like it on the map, then NYC of course is up at the top. You could pick one - Do NYC and the surrounding area (if you love being outdoors, Maine is beautiful and cool that time of year) or go down to Miami and do Key West and maybe up to Virginia beach if you like beaches.
Unless you love to drive! Miami and NYC are just really far apart Have fun!