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Flydrive West America or Fly Interstate?

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1. Posted by guapo89 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys!
We trying to organise a north america holiday, but cant decide wether to rent a car and drive, or just visit the major cities using interstate flights!

We have 4 of us on roughly a £2000 budget each,
we can either do:
fly to new york, then to orlando, then to vegas, then back to NY for flight back, spending 2 weeks in total split amoungst the destinations,

or we can head west, return flights to los angeles, rent a decent sized car, then drive a nice circuit, including san fran, vegas, death valley, grand canyon, bryce canyon, zion park, palm springs,
and this would be over 3 weeks, as its roughly the same cost of 1200 for flights and accommodation as the one above.

We cant decide!

Any advice?

i think im swaying towards the flydrive, mainly because i dont care much for orlando (tho universal studios would be great) but i would love to head new york, not for shops, just the gorgeous buildings and landmarks,

but is it really feasible drive 2000 miles in three weeks without been lathargic from it? (Tho will have 4 drivers)

what to do!!!

Thanks in advance,


2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I say drive. Remember that whichever you choose, you'll still need ground transportation in most of those cities except for NYC. If you've never driven in the LA area, I would suggest starting the trip in Vegas (you might have a heart attack in all that LA traffic - at least with Vegas you'd get a chance to adjust to it all). When are you doing this - hope it's not mid-summer?

3. Posted by guapo89 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply!
Actually we had thought of doing it june...? bad choice? Too hot?
Its end of uni you see, before work and before we settle down and buy houses etc,

driving and dodging people shouldnt be an issue, (driven in spain they are nutters aha) just i presume the queues could be so intense in LA!

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3579 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I think you will see much more driving a rental car. It is easy to see our National Parks via car, not so easy without. Fly to LA, rent a car. Over to Death Valley, up to Sequoia NP, Yosemite NP, San Francisco. Over to Reno, down to Vegas. Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Route 66, back to LA. Fly to NYC, home. That is one option.

June is going to be hot, but not crushing heat like July/August. Kids will also out of school, so most motels/parks will be crowded. Good luck with your planning.