(Closed) Driving the USofA – which way should we go?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What sort of things are you interested in seeing?  Nature, history, art, modern stuff, etc?  The US is pretty large, even for a trip of 3 to 4 weeks.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a few recommendations:  Mesa Verde Colorado, they are some super super cool indian ruins in the four corners area, the areas that you can walk thru are truely amazing, Telluride Colorado is a cool mining town near there that has some neat stuff and some great shopping.  Old Faithful geyser in Yellow Stone National Park is cool (Wyoming), Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monuments in South Dakota are totally worth a stop, and don’t miss Wall Drug and the Corn Palace while you are driving thru, The Ozarks of Missouri is a don’t miss (I highly recommend staying in the tree houses – WAY COOL!!!!), and if you happen by Nebraska stop by and check us out at the end of June we always host the College World Series of Baseball, as American as apple pie and mom  Wink

Post # 5
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18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@tksjewelry: Great suggestions.  We went to all of them during our cross country trips!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

On the east coast, it might be nice to Washington DC? 

I heard White Sands National Park  in New Mexico is a good place to see and visit.  I know this is a tourist trap but I do want to go to Four Corners where you can touch 4 states at once (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona). 

Seattle is a good place to visit.  You can see the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker. Mt Hood. If you are up here in Seattle, you might be able to go 2-3 hours north and go into Canada and visit Vancouver, BC.

If you have time you could see Mt. Saint Helens. Portland, OR is a great city. 

San Francisco is also another great city to visit.

I’m going to Glacier national park in Montana this summer. 

Oh, as for south.  There’s Texas.  I went to Galveston but there are probably better places to visit there.  What about New Orleans, LA?  Miami or Orlando, FL? You could visit Disney World if you are in Orlando. Me and the DH definitely think Disney world in FL is better than Disneyland in LA.

Oh, now in the mid west, there’s Chicago, IL to go to. I haven’t been there before but the DH really loves that city.

If you have time Philadelphia would be a nice city to visit.  Although, I’m biased because I grew up in that area. lol 😉

Wow!  You are going to have a great time!  I wish I could take 2-3 months off just drive across the country.  Me and the DH hope to drive back to the east coast when we move back.  We will probably only be able to do a 2-3 WEEK trip. hehe.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hey, I’m a Yank living in Aus.

What we have told our friends and family that travel from Aus to the U.S. is that you probably won’t need that long in L.A.  We always recommend going to San Francisco for a few days instead and staying a shorter time in L.A. (only thing to be wary of is all the bums in SF, all our Aussie friends come back talking about them)

To me, there doesn’t seem much to do…see the Hollywood sign, do the walk of stars, that kind of thing…and then what?  I would say do L.A. for a day….you’ll probably get in from Sydney late morning so you’ll have half a day then to explore, spend a night there, do a full day in L.A. then drive to Orange County to do Disneyland if that was on your list and stay down there and then the next day rent your Camaro and drive to Vegas. I’d say do at least two nights in Vegas, as it will take you nearly all day to drive there from Orange County.

From there you could keep the Camaro a little longer and drive to the Hoover Dam and then to the Grand Canyon, which again, will take you about a day to drive to and then you’ll want a full day to explore.  Wyoming and Montana are cool states as they have some cool national parks in them-Yellowstone and Glacier, but then I have no idea what to suggest in the middle of our country.  The East Coast is really cool for American history.  In Washington D.C. you could do the White House and tour battlefields and stuff like that.  And it sounds like NY is already on your list.

Anyway, I’m from California so I mainly have West Coast recommendations.

I will say, we just took Qantas’ new A380 plane from LA back to Sydney a few weeks ago and it makes for a decent trip:  really smooth ride and turbulence isn’t as scary, comfier seats compared to other airlines’ economy seats, a snack bar at the back of the plane in case you still need a snack after all the meals and snacks they give you and over 100 movies (brand new and classics) to pick from.  I don’t think the A380 flies in to San Francisco at this point, but you could always fly to L.A. and then take the 45 minute, cheap connector flight up there and start your trip there, drive down the coast and then stop in L.A. and Orange County.  I really think it is that much better compared to regular Qantas flights and to United, who I used to fly all the time back and forth between home and Aus.

Good luck and PM me if you need anymore recommendations.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Since you are talking early June, I would recommend starting West and working East.  By the time you hit the East Coast a couple weeks later, the weather will be that much nicer.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve done the drive cross-country twice now (Maine- California, then California to New Orleans), and it’s been so rewarding each time. It can get boring at times, but you get an amazing and unique view of the country. And there so many amazing places to visit! A couple suggestions:

-Santa Fe, New Mexico, is just a generally cool town. The architecture is really interesting, and the street vendors (art and jewelry!) are really talented.

-Badlands in South Dakota is one of the coolest things you will ever see- it’s like you’re on the surface of the moon!

-Yosemite is fantastic, particularly if you’re willing to hike and rough it for a bit.

-Aim to eat the local cuisine wherever you are. We did a lot of research into the best local places for each stop on my last trip, and it really paid off. This country makes some delicious regional food! (bring Tums)

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d recommend getting yourself to the beach for the 4th… LA would be perfect. Or anywhere on the East coast. You could do DC?

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would just chime in to day that you wouldn’t need the car at all for your 4 days in NYC.  So I would factor that in because parking would cost a fortune and you can’t get around with a car in the city.

No reason to worry about being in NYC for the 4th of July.  Everyone actually leaves the city to go to the Hamptons, Jersey Shore, etc.

PM me if you need any NYC or Vegas tips 🙂

 

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