In about a year me and my brother plan to fly from Sweden to the US to go on a road trip. We plan to be in the US from September 1st to October 17th.
We have budget of around 20 000 dollars. That includes everything, rental car, flying tickets, hotels etc.
We like scenic roads, shorter hikes (a couple of hours maximum), food, fishing, cool cities, local culture
Our main problem is regarding our itinerary. We cant decide wether we should keep driving from New Orleans via Lafayette - Houston - San Antonio - Carlsbad - Albuquerque or catch a flight for that bit instead to get more time for national parks in Arizona/Utah.
If we fly to Albuquerque from New Orleans we'd obviously have alot more time to explore the national parks of Utah and Arizona. In wich case we would visit Archs national park, Monument Valley, Sedona among other places.
I have some how gotten it in my head that Texas isnt that much fun. Ive heard alot of good things about the big cities but other than that its supposibly mostly plain desert.
So we would like your advice on what we should do.Should we catch a flight or drive the entire route? Are there any big flaws to our plans? what are some great things along this route the we shouldnt miss? General advice and tips would be much appreciated
Our planned route is as follows:
NYC 1-6 Sep
WashDC 6-9 Sep
waynesboro/nära Blue Ridge pkwy 9-10
Asheville - drive from asheville to some place closer to nashville
New Orleans 20 - 24
San antonio 26-28
Sedona 1-3 / Or go to monument valley, havent decided wich would be better.
crand canyon 3-4
las vegas 4-7
death valley 7-8
mammoth lakes 9-10
yosemite 10-12 2000
San Fransisco 12-17