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11. Posted by katzgar (Inactive 220 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

use gmaps for planning. that time of year will be very cold, you will spend alot on warm weather clothes.

12. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

If you're planning on renting a car, remember that one-way rentals can be very expensive indeed. You also have to find an agency that will allow you to take the vehicle where you want to go (many agencies have regional restrictions, and since they use GPS to locate their cars, you need to follow their rules and regulations if you don't want to be hit with a hefty fine!)

One good thing about winter is that car rental rates tend to be somewhat cheaper. The USA is a very expensive place in which to travel.

13. Posted by SuzitaSuzita (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The time of your trip means you will have weather issues in top third or 1/2 of country but the southern part will have fabulous weather. Your trip would be better if you can go in October and November. You will see all of the beautiful fall colors of the leaves in Northeast (google "New England in fall"). It will be chilly but roads clear and dry. The same will be true at end of your trip in Portland (maybe light rain). Florida and South in general should be great weather. There is too many things to see and do to advise you. You will have to google..... get a baseline list... then come back and we will guide you further. I do think you should check out Disney theme parks in Orlando , (Epcot is my favorite.. best fireworks show every night). Also Universal Islands of Adventure. All expensive but worth it if you want to feel 10 years old again. Google all of the parks and read the reviews to help you decide. DON'T SPEED and stay away from any bad drivers. Remember, we drive on the right side of the road with steering wheel on left. Good luck!

14. Posted by Billboardjoe (Inactive 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Nice thread, thanks!

15. Posted by Fatim (Budding Member 16 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

How I envy you... I would love so much to do that. Good luck!

16. Posted by katzgar (Inactive 220 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

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

Hey tpyne,

One question: when you say Portland, do you mean Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon? If it's Portland, Oregon, I would definitely recommend visiting the Rose Garden. If you're a book lover, I would absolutely recommend visiting Powell's bookstore. And if you're a wine lover, I would HIGHLY recommend taking a road trip into the Willamette Valley for wine tasting. My wife and I just did that this May and it was a wonderful experience!

18. Posted by martharosec_ (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


I just got back from travelling round the US and you seem to want to go to a lot of places that I went to on my trip. I mostly took buses so couldn't stop off anywhere along the way, but in the case that you're driving I'll add in places you might pass through.

This was my route:
- I flew in to Boston

- then took bus to New York - the route goes through Massachusetts and Connecticut. A bit out of your way but near to Boston, you could check out Martha's Vineyard.

- found a super cheap flight to Chicago, flew there in 2hrs. Chicago is wonderful - great architecture, people, food and plenty to do.

- from Chicago I got the bus down to Memphis. You go through most of Illinois which I hear has some beautiful rural areas (it was an overnight bus so I couldn't see anything!) and St Louis is meant to be a great city. Memphis itself is a very interesting place with a different culture to the big built up cities - traditional and focussed on 'Southern Hospitality'. If you love music you need to go here - Graceland, Stax Museum, Sun Studio, plus countless bars with live music. Great food too.

- then I got the 9hr train down to New Orleans. A wonderful route through the whole of Mississippi and about an hour from NOLA you start going through Louisiana swampland which is epic to see! NOLA itself is a gorgeous eclectic place.

- found another super cheap flight to Las Vegas from here. It's about 2hrs again. I was on a very tight budget so Vegas and it's offerings didn't really appeal to me, I came here so I could go to the Grand Canyon. Took a $70 day trip to the South Rim - it was SUCH good value for what you get, an amazing unforgettable day. Let me know if you want the name of the company. The Canyon is a must - such an incredible sight.

- next up: California. I took a 4/5hr bus to LA. There is so much you can stop off at on the way - Joshua Tree, Death Valley.. Countless things to do in LA, San Francisco is a must too: 8hrs drive or so. Didn't go to San Diego in the end but hear great things.

Then I guess you could get a flight to Hawaii? Or maybe continue up to Oregon and Washington. I didn't get that far this time round, but was in Portland in January - wonderful place. Loads of good coffee, record shops and if you like books, you will probably spend loads of time and money in Powells, the hugest most wonderful bookstore.

Enjoy anyway!!

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Oct-2016, at 02:17 by martharosec_ ]

19. Posted by worldtripper16 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My family and I have just done an amazing roadtrip in September from LA to Las Vegas then to South Rim of Grand Canyon.From Grand Canyon onwards through Page (Antelope canyon,not to be missed)Bryce Canyon and Zion NP is spectacular.We travelled on through Salt lake City Park city Idaho Falls to Yellowstone NP (which virtually closes from October) and down through the Grand Tetons in Wyoming (beautiful)to Jacksonhole and back to Salt Lake city from where we flew to Honolulu.It was already snowing in Wyoming.
We have also previously driven the reverse from Las Vegas through Death Valley to Yosemite NP to San Francisco and down the westcoast to LA.
In winter the roads from the east entrance to Yosemite are virtually closed as are the roads south from Yellowstone to the Grand Tetons.
You would need to go Sept/Oct to see Fall colours there as we did.
I have been to New York in December January and hit a blizzard and was snowed in but at the same time of year it was pleasant driving round Florida and New Orleans area.
America is a huge place (and I am from Australia too ) so you need to do lots of research on distances and places you really want to see.It took me 12 months to plan our recent trip.Good luck and enjoy your adventures.

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