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Rd trip Ga - Tx - Az - Ca - Md - Ny - back to Ga

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Rd trip Ga - Tx - Az - Ca - Md - Ny - back to Ga

Road trip

We are two adults and two younger children.

This is basically a last minute trip and we have approx 3 weeks to complete it.

We have driven from Ga to Tx before, it was a straight shot and we didn't really stop except for gas or food. I would love to make a stop off the 20 somewhere for just a few hours (site seeing). Any suggestions?

We will stay at least one night in Tx (Arlington) and then travel to Arizona (Phoenix). We will most likely stay the night in Az - we are familiar with the area and have friends there.

We will then travel to California (San Diego) and stay 3-5 nights. Our next destination after CA is Maryland (Easton). We can go back to Texas (Arlington) and stay the night bc we have family there or we can go straight from CA to MD. My issue here is we are unfamiliar with the interstates and the land. We will be in a minivan and even though I don't mind staying at hotels - we will be in unfamiliar territory and it kinda scares me (I probably watch too many movies).

We plan to stay in Maryland for the night and off to New York (Queens) for 4-6 nights. Then eventually drive down the coast which we have done numerous times to Georgia.

Both my husband and I enjoy driving so we can take turns.

So what do you guys think? I will probably go to Barnes and noble tomorrow to look at books, maps and guidebooks.

The main purpose of the trip is to visit family and friends - we have selected these cities for a reason and the bonus would be to stop and see a few monuments and such (take photos) and be on our way to our next destination.

Thank you for your time.

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1. Re: Rd trip Ga - Tx - Az - Ca - Md - Ny - back to Ga

Hi MrsLida and welcome to the forum,

While this trip is technically doable in three weeks (barely and with some shorter than desired stays), it's something that certainly won't be enjoyable. You'll be spending the better part of the entire three weeks in the car (save for the stops), all day, every day, with little time to stop and see sights.

Here's your route (I opted to route you to Maryland via a different route even though you said you can stay with relatives in Arlington on the return--I dislike seeing the same things twice on a trip like that):

http://goo.gl/maps/5De49

You don't say where in Georgia you live, so I assumed Atlanta.

Day 1 - Atlanta to Vicksburg

Day 2 - Vicksburg to Arlington; overnight with relatives.

Day 3 - Arlington to Carlsbad, NM

Day 4 - Carlsbad, NM (See Carlsbad Caverns)

Day 5 - Carlsbad to Phoenix

Day 6 - Phoenix

Day 7 - Phoenix to San Diego (Avoid San Diego 18-21 July if you can. That's the Comic Con convention and hotels that can be found will have a premium price)

Day 8 - San Diego

Day 9 - San Diego

Day 10 - San Diego to Zion National Park

Day 11 - Zion National Park to Grand Junction, CO

Day 12 - Grand Junction to Hays, KS

Day 13 - Hays to St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Gateway Arch)

Day 14 - St. Louis to Dayton (US Air Force Museum in Dayton)

Day 15 - Dayton to Easton, MD

Day 16 - Easton

Day 17 - Easton to NYC

Day 18 - NYC

Day 19 - NYC

Day 20 - NYC to Richmond, VA

Day 21 - Richmond to Atlanta

Keep in mind that sites like Google Maps use the speed limits along the route to calculate driving times. They do not account for stops for sight-seeing, food, fuel, or rest breaks, nor do they account for delays for traffic, construction, or weather. So if Google Maps says 10 hours driving time, in that time you may stop for two meals (an hour each); two fuel breaks (15 min. each); three restroom breaks (15 min. each) and one sight-seeing stop (one hour). That adds over 4 hours to your 10 hour trip.

Here are some links to the places I routed you through:

http://www.visitvicksburg.com/

http://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/daav/index.htm

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

I've driven through all 50 states over the years, and I've been known to do some pretty outlandish road trips. This one, however, is not one that I would attempt.

Safe travels.

Zed

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2. Re: Rd trip Ga - Tx - Az - Ca - Md - Ny - back to Ga

Do you really fancy to drive some 6500 miles in 3 weeks? In real life with stops, traffic, roadworks and other delays my estimate already is 120 hours in the car.

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3. Re: Rd trip Ga - Tx - Az - Ca - Md - Ny - back to Ga

Thank you for the responses.

There is a lot of reason as to why we want to do this.

Any place we plan to stay over night is because we have a place to stay with family and friends.

I have a friend that is going to email me some trip info so we will go from there.

Again thanks for the website and city suggestions. I really appreciate it.

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4. Re: Rd trip Ga - Tx - Az - Ca - Md - Ny - back to Ga

Ok, have a safe trip and please tell us how it all went. We love tripreports.

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