I am travelling to the US on holidays with my wife, we had initially planned to do 4 weeks of travel across the US & Mexico. Unfortunately it is not geographically planned the best due to meeting friends at certain places at particular times.
Itinerary is as follows:
Miami 5 nights
New York 8 nights
Las Vegas 5 nights
San Francisco 3 nights
Mexico 8 nights
Note:all of the transfers above are flying
Due to change of work circumstances my wife and i have been able to extend our travels for an additional 3 weeks. We have decided to do a road trip back in the US, i know, i know we have already done both the east and west coast which is not ideal but i am not saying no to an extra 3 weeks of travelling just because we have already done parts of the US.
So our last stop is in Cancun, Mexico, we will fly out from there on the 1st August. The destination is still being determined as we of course do not know our start point to our road trip (hence the post). We will need to be back in LA on the 20th August in order to spend a few days there with a friend before departing back to Australia on the 23rd.
Based on some reading i have done on TA and roadtripusa.com i have put together 3 rough itineraries based on what we would like to see, I have listed them in the correct order.
I am unsure of how many days to spend at each destination or where exactly to stop between long trips, but i have asked for advise on places where i know i will need to stop in between cities/towns.
Keeping in mind i only have roughly 20 days to complete the road trip.
Road trip 1: Southern pacific
Fly into Orlando from cancun
Orlando - Savanahh
Savanah - Atlanta
Atlanta - New Orleans (Advise on place to stop between)
New Orleans - Houstin
Houstin - San Antonio
San Antonio - Austin
Austin - Dallas (want to see a NFL pre season game)
Dallas - San Diego (Advise of places to stop between)
San Diego - LA
Road trip 2: Route 66
As shown on roadtripusa.com.
Could someone please advise what this trip really consists of though as i dont know where is goes in detail.
Trip 3: Round trip LA - LA
LA - Grand canyon (advise on stop over)
Grand Canyon - Antelope Canyon
Antelope canyon - Colorado (advise on where to go)
Colorado - Oklahoma city
Oklahoma city - Dallas
Austin - San Antonio
San Antonio - San Diego (Advise on stop overs)
San Diego - LA
As you can probably see i am not very familiar with what i would like to do at this point and not very familiar with the 'hot spots' so any tips or advise is welcome as this will be my first road trip in the US (besides driving from LA to Vegas once)
Some of our interests are beaches, famous sites, canyons, big cities.
We would also be looking to sleep in hotels if possible, unless there is somewhere which is highly advised to sleep in a cabin for a great experience. Budget is roughly $100-$150 per night which i am sure could get me great accommodation, even in the big cities.
CAR: not sure who to hire the car through or what car would be best to hire? Would an SUV be best or a regular sedan?
Happy for anyone to provide their advise based on my drafted itineraries or if there is any better ideas i am also open to suggestions. If there are any MUST DO's i want to know about them. Or Dont's of course.
If i can provide any further information to assist please let me know
Thank you for your help in advance