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1. Posted by wobotje (Inactive 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


my friends and I are planning our vacation to the USA for the summer holidays.
We are wondering if is possible to do a road trip from east to west in approx 2 weeks and be able to see like all the things that are worth seeing on the way? (We don't know exactly what that would be, because we first want to know if it's doable. But suggestions are always welcome off course :) )

Or would we be driving too much? If so, any other means of transportation we could take?

2. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 74 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

According to Google, it's 2,939 miles from JFK to SFO. Average 60 mph and 8 hours a day it'll take 6 days to drive across. 2 weeks should be enough.. but you aren't doing much else.

Google Maps

My suggestion is pick either the East Coast, Mid-west, The South, or The West Coast and drive around there for two weeks. And come back more often, you will really be pushing it if you try to drive cross country in two weeks. If you want suggestions for each of those regions, give me a heads up.

BTW, Car is the best way to travel for more then 1 person. It's generally cheaper and more flexible.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I saw 'In Bruges' by the way. OK movie but looks like a pretty city. I see that you have already been to Yosemite & SF. This time perhaps you will want to hit Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Bryce, Arches, Zion, Vegas Grand Canyon and out. Renting a car is the only way to do this trip in 2 weeks. Your age is a problem as the rental companies have a surcharge for those under 25. With several others to split the costs, it should still be feasible. I have driven from Martha's Vineyard to Vegas in 4 days, by myself. With others to help with the driving, you can pretty much drive non stop from one sight to the next.

I have heaps of US photos in my gallery. First batch are Vegas, but have the parks and east coast as well. Send me a PM if you have questions.

4. Posted by inWMSBG (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would agree that you need to pick one region of the country and really take the time to explore. Driving from East to West is possible in two weeks but you will not have the time to see anything. I live on the East Coast and so I am partial to that area of the country. Since it sounds like you are arriving in the East it might make the most sense to explore there on this trip. New York is a great city for tourists and then there are lots of historic sites up and down the East Coast. You could visit Boston,Philadelphia, Washington DC,Williamsburg Virginia,Charleston South Carolina,Florida.

If history is not your thing then I would go out West and focus on the Grand Canyon and some of the other great national parks out that way.

5. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I saw 'In Bruges' by the way. OK movie but looks like a pretty city.

Mike, this is completely off topic, however I've been to Bruges three times and I have to say that I absolutely adore the's well worth the visit - quite romantic too if I do say so!! What about Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson??? Quality Irish acting!!

6. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you go coast-to-coast you won't be seeing much more than highways and fuel stops.
Narrow your focus and pick a region to explore. We can help with suggestions.

7. Posted by RJ Mc (Inactive 33 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I agree that is too much terrain. Even if historical sights are not your thing, New England is really beautiful and New York City has plenty to do. East Coast areas like Virginia and the Carolinas are also worth the visit. All have plenty of outdoor activities, too. How about a look at the country music world in Nashville and a tour through the Smoky Mountains? I'd think about narrowing the scope of your visit...then plan to come back. Nice photos, by the way. You seem to like the outdoors. How about posting photos of Belgium? I'd like to see some. - Rebecca

8. Posted by wobotje (Inactive 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

First of all, thanks for the tips.
We will meet up tomorrow to discuss our trip.
And, with your responses in mind, we will probably pick a region and then stay in that area.
I'll keep you posted.

I went to San Francisco last year on a study-trip.
I noticed I only posted pictures of the first two days though.

And, I actually live in Bruges.
The movie isn't out yet in Belgium btw :)

@RJ Mc
Hmm, photos of Belgium.
I really don't take that much pictures around here.
But, I will try my best to find some :)

9. Posted by UnkalRyno (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I've done the cross-country drive 12 times, from Maryland to California and put together a route that allows you to see the most in about a 5-day trip each way. Here's a link to my blog where I highlight it - hope this gives you some ideas. Good luck! R