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1. Posted by blytonrtw (Full Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi folks,

I will be taking a road trip across the USA from New York to LA via the following route/destination: -

New York > Washington DC > Richmond > North Carolina > Charlotte > Knoxville > Chatanooga > Nashville > Memphis > Jackson > New Oeleans > Austin > San Antonio > El Paso > Tuscon > San Diego > Joshua Tree Park > Flagstaff > Grand Canyon > Las Vegas > Death Valley > Yosemite Park > Reno > Napa Valley > San Francisco > Santa Cruz > Santa Barbarra > LA.

Can you advise me on things to see & do along this route along with possibles places to omit to speed things up. How long realistically do you think it may take? I have planned for about 6-8 weeks.


2. Posted by MikeW (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think the 1st question I'd have is what time of the year were you planning on going and what are you using for transportation.

I ask because those deserts get mondo hot during the Summer so you better enjoy heat. Also passes through Yosemite can close as early as late October and stay closed as late as May, particularly Tioga pass.

Finally many of these places have seasonal events which you may either want to take in (the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque which you may pass through or Whale Watching in California during the season) or avoid (do you REALLY want to try and find accommodations in New Orleans during Mardi Gras?)

Let the forum know, there's lots of great people here who'll make suggestions.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

New York:
Statue of Liberty
United Nations Building
Wall Street
Rockefeller Center
Times Square
Central Park

Inner Harbor
National Aquarium

Washington, D.C.:
U.S. Capital
White House
Smithsonian Aviation Museum
Lincoln Memorial
Washington Monument
Bureau of Printing and Engraving (where they print the money)
Area around M Street and Connecticut
Georgetown Area

Northern Virginia:
Mount Vernon (home of George Washington)

Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown (east of Richmond, VA)
Jamestown—first English settlement in North America (Queen Elizabeth II just visited here to celebrate their 400th anniversary)
Williamsburg—first capital of Virginia—it has been kept intact and looks exactly like it did in 1765
Yorktown—location of final battle in the American War of Independence

Charlottesville, VA (west of Richmond, VA)
Montecello (Home of Thomas Jefferson—only private home in the US on the list of World Preservation Sites)

Going from Charlotte to Knoxville:
Vanderbilt Mansion—Ashville, North Carolina
Go through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Nashville, Tennessee:
Opryland and Opryland Hotel
Grand Ole Opry
Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson—War of 1812 hero and 7th US President)
Various music recording studios (Nashville is the home of country music)
Crazy Horse Saloon

Graceland (former home of Elvis Presley)
Beale Street (BB King jazz club and BBQ restaurants)

New Orleans
French Quarter
Bourbon Street
French Market
Jackson Square

6th Street (everything you need is right there)

San Antonio
The Alamo

El Paso:
Carlsbad Caverns (close by in New Mexico)

Old Tucson
Area on the northwest side near El Conquistador

San Diego
Old San Diego
Mission Bay
Gaslight District
San Diego Zoo
Sea World
San Diego Wild Animal Park

On way to Flagstaff:
Palm Springs, CA
Sedona, Arizona

Grand Canyon to Las Vegas:
Go around to the east, then north to Page
See Lake Powell and the Rainbow Bridge (need to take a boat to the bridge)
Go west on Hwy 89 and visit Bryce Canyon National Park, then back through Zion National Park and on to Las Vegas

Yosemite to Reno:
Visit Virginia City, Nevada

Reno to Napa Valley:
Lake Tahoe/Stateline

Napa Valley:
See my other posts on this

San Francisco:
Fisherman’s Wharf
City Hall
Ghiradelli Square
Golden Gate Bridge
Cable Cars

On drive to Santa Cruz:
Winchester Mystery House (in San Jose, CA)

Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo (coast route):
Monterey (and its Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row)
Hearst Castle
Morro Bay

Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo (inland route)
Paso Robles (lots of good wineries)

San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara:
Solvang and the Santa Barbara wineries

Santa Barbara:
State Street
Santa Barbara Mission (best one in the state)

Los Angeles:
Getty Museum
Venice Beach
Disneyland (Anaheim)
Beverly Hills
Huntington Library and Gardens (San Marino)—best thing in LA in my humble opinion
Olvera Street
Universal Studios and Citywalk (in northern Hollywood—and there is also a citywalk in Irvine near Laguna Beach)
(and if you are there between mid-July and mid-August, be sure to go to the art museums in Laguna Beach—especially the Sawdust Festival, and visit the beaches—either Huntington, Newport or Santa Monica)