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Family of 6 USA trip

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Family of 6 USA trip


We're a family of 6 (children aged 24, 18, 15 and 12) planning a family vacation in the US. We don't have plane tickets yet but we're planning on flying to Chicago or New York on 17th July and coming back to Poland on 10th August from San Francisco or Phoenix. It'll be our first US trip together, some of us have been to the US before. As you see we'll be flying to the East Coast and coming back from West Coast. At first we wanted to do a road trip across the US but there are so many places we want to visit we realised 3 weeks might not be enough time to do that so we decided to fly from East to West Coast. We have no experience in planning this kind of vacation. My question is: do you think it's better to buy multi-city plane ticket now or buy just round trip ticket and later buy plane ticket to fly from East to West Coast? Or maybe it would be cheaper to drive from East to West Coast?

I will appreciate your help!


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1. Re: Family of 6 USA trip

If you are talking about the 17th of July this year, two weeks from now, you're are probably too late to get reservations for anything.

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2. Re: Family of 6 USA trip

You could start in NYC and drive to Chicago. Then fly to somewhere in the west and drive between Phoenix, Las Vegas, etc., and then make your way to the west coast (San Francisco) and fly home.

If you are talking about two weeks from now, then you will have a difficult time some places because they are going to be very crowded, expensive, or full. Once you decide which cities you are flying to and from, we may be able to help you figure out a plan.

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3. Re: Family of 6 USA trip

You already need 3-4 days for NY and 2-3 for Chicago and only will scratch its surface then. Plus it's a 2 days drive between NY and Chicago and longer if you want to see Niagara Falls. There also will be drop off charges for the rental car.

Very little time for the west then but as Dawn said you could fly Phoenix and make a trip Phoenix-Sedona-Grand Canyon-R66-Las vegas--Death Valley-Yosemite-San Francisco. If you rent with a European broker like www.drive-usa.com there won't be drop off charges between Phx and SF.

I can't believe you are planning this for this year. Will be hard enough to book the flights and lodging will be sold out in GC and Yosemite. Try an open jaw ticket. We once flew NY and out of San Francisco and you don't have the time to do this trip all by car.



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