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1. Posted by filmguy (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Next summer we are planning a road trip with from coast to coast, plus some extra cities. How much time should we schedule for our route? I have checked on Google Earth, but I´d rather hear from someone who has a clear conception of what it´s like.

Our route:

New York
Washington D.C.
Las Vegas
San Francisco

(the plan is to stay about 3 nights in each of the cities above, so that´s already 18 days)

The time is to spend the most time along the coasts, and then drive across the country pretty fast. Some time will be spent in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon.

  • How much time will it take from Chicago to L.A.? Is 1 or 2 weeks enough?
  • Would you recommend taking Route 66, or a more northern route through Denver and Salt Lake City before heading towards Las Vegas? (I´ve heard that it can get uncomfortably hot in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona in the summertime)
  • Is it worth visiting San Diego and Tijuana?
2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would definately plan an extra few days in one of the cities you have listed, you may love it. I did a road trip a few years ago and drove straight from NYC to Salt Lake in about 32 hours. So that may help figure some driving times. I would recommend going to Yosemite for a few days because it is beautiful. The grand canyon is very impressive but you only need a full day there if you hike to the bottom, if not then a few hours. Vegas is great as well but unless you have cash only a few days are necessary.. San Diego I hear is well worth a visit for a couple of days to relax on the beach. If you are that close to Tiajuana you might as well take the ride down there.

I would do NYC-DC-Chicago-Yellowstone-San Fran-Yosemite- Vegas- LA- San Diego- drive back to NYC the southern route. Or reverse, I did a similar trip and it was great.. Depeding how much time you have, it can be done in 4 weeks, though I would take about 6 if you can. Hope this helps.

3. Posted by filmguy (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The plan was to spend 6 weeks, but that´s without going back to NY the southern route. I hope then that we should have sufficient time to not have to drive too much too often.

4. Posted by filmguy (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


[ Edit: Edited on Jan 4, 2007, at 7:09 AM by filmguy ]