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2 month road trip - Pensylvania to San Fran

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2 month road trip - Pensylvania to San Fran

Hi all

My husband and I are planning a 2-3 month trip to the USA and are looking for some advice.

We want to do the majority of the trip driving so we get to see the real USA and can make unplanned stop offs on the way. Where would be the best place to hire a car and would it work out better to have the same car for the whole journey or pick a new one up every couple fo states?

Are motels the best places to stay if we are on a budget and are there any chain motels that you recommend?

What sort of route could we take, we want to start in Pensylvania and head south (skipping Florida) then go west through New Orleans, Texas etc and finish up in or near San Fran (depending on wheres best!).

Any help planning this trip would be great!

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1. Re: 2 month road trip - Pensylvania to San Fran

Hi.

As suggested, I'd post this as a new thread on the Road Trip forum as well, rather than just here on the PA one.

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2. Re: 2 month road trip - Pensylvania to San Fran

A hotel chain that we like is the Hampton Inn. We have consistently had good experiences with them - clean rooms, great service, etc. Most Hampton Inns include a free breakfast which often goes beyond the basic continental breakfast and includes a small hot breakfast buffet. There are cheaper hotel chains; however, you will discover that you often get what you pay for with hotels.

Another chain we like is the Candlewood Suites. Again, not the cheapest out there; however, they do offer clean rooms and great services. Their rooms typically have a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator, small stove-top with 2 burners, microwave, and dishwasher. They also have on site self service laundry facilities which could come in handy on a lengthy trip.

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3. Re: 2 month road trip - Pensylvania to San Fran

Hi again vbostridge.

Still not returned to the RT forum I see?

Anyway, here is a very rough 8 week, 2 month outline to get you started. If you have longer than you can space ot out or do more locations.

Week 1. Train to DC, then pick up car and south through Virginia via Shenandoah NP and Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville.

Week2. Smoky Mountain NP then to Charleston and Savannah and into northern Florida to St, Augustine.

Week 3: Across the Panhandle of Florida to NOLA.

Week 4 .New Orleans to Texas to Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

Week 5. To Carlsbad Caverns NP for a visit. To White Sands NM and on to Tucson and drive to Sedona.

Week 6. Get to Grand Canyon NP (and stay at least one night), drive Page, Monument Valley and Moab to SLC.

Week 7. Drive via Bryce and Zion to Las Vegas for a stay. Then drive to Los Angeles preferably via Death Valley NP.

Week 8. Los Angeles, drive hw 1 to San Francisco (take 2 overnight stays), two nights in Yosemite and then San Francisco. ( or skip LA and go to Yosemite via Sierras and the coast to SF).

Alternative for week 1 to 3 without Florida panhandle.

Week 1. Train to DC, then pick up car and south through Outer Banks to Charleston and Savannah.

Week2. To Asheville for Smoky Mountain NP then to Nashvile and Memphis.

Week 3: South through Mississippi on Natchez Trace Scenic Byway to NOLA.

Anyway, hope this gives you some ideas and if you want help to put some detail on it, then come on over! ; ).

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