East coast to west coast itinerary help!
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Sep 17, 2012 10:05 PM Last Post By: ianw6705
Sep 6, 2012 4:14 PM
East coast to west coast itinerary help!IMGhttp://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii595/kiwianagals/e5f538bd.png[/IMG]
Hey if anyone has any pointers, tips, what to see, what to avoid, anything I missed, best time to travel in this area.. let me know : ) also pointers about gas and which states to fill up in, etc! haha budget traveler for sure!
I'm not going up north on this trip, I'm from the States and haven't been on the route of shown at all so trying to stick to the southeast, south, and southwest areas!
or if you just wanted to point out other posts that are similar to mine, I've been researching but extra help won't hurt x
Thanks so much!
Sep 6, 2012 4:27 PM
Sep 6, 2012 7:36 PM
2Unless you plan to drive further north 60 miles from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, I would recommend taking Interstate-10 from Austin west to Las Cruces and continue west to Tucson.
If you are an art afecionado, Santa Fe is one of two cities in the USA on the recent worldwide Hotmail list of 10 top world cities known for their renowned art and architecture. Los Angeles is the second USA city listed. Paris in #1.
Sep 6, 2012 9:42 PM
3How long do you have for this trip? How far do you think you will want to average per day? About 100 miles a day is relaxed and steady, 150mi/day keeps you moving but isn't too rushed, 200mi/day plus is getting closer to speedy.
If you work back from Tioga Pass (east entrance to Yosemite NP) and know that you need to be there no later than 31 October (since in closes in November usually), then that will give you a start time. Also, if you go too late, places like the Grand Canyon and Santa Fe start to become cold. And the converse applies - you do not want to be in the southern-most parts of those southern states until well into September, to avoid the worst of the summer heat.
So that is your window - or alternatively, time it to reach Yosemite NP by late May, when the Tioga Pass re-opens, and the other high-desert regions have also warmed up into the Spring. And is there a particular reason to go to Dallas, rather than San Antonio?
Also - I second Santa Fe (Albuquerque is not very spectacular), and if you have the time, you could travel via Big Bend NP in Texas, and enter New Mexico through its scenic southern border.
Sep 6, 2012 9:55 PM
Sep 6, 2012 9:55 PM
5Thank you trekker502 and ianw6705 !!!
@ianw6705 no real set time, leaving around July/August of 2014.. I'll be graduated and not tied down so I'm going to say a month, a month and a half?
At times I'd say relaxed at times speedy.. depends on where I am and what there is to see in-between two points.
& no reason that I chose Dallas over San Antonio.. probably will go to both if the opportunity arises. Haven't heard too much about San Antonio actually..
I normally plan my trips extensively but this time I just want to GO (with some base knowledge and a few lists of what not to miss when I come across towns, cities, roads, attractions that I travel pass!)
Sep 6, 2012 10:03 PM
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Sep 11, 2012 4:57 AM
10When you drive 75 mph along the Interstates through panoramic open plains scenery mile after mile, 200 miles is nothing. (I am accustomed to driving 300 miles/day through Canada's flat tundra areas in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.) If there were quaint fishing villages or historic spots, such as Graceland in Memphis, then do stop for an hour. I fortunately did stop at the Midpoint Cafe in the Texas Panhandle to walk my dog, and then was treated to a spectacular viewing of thousands of sandhill cranes slowly rising up from their overnight roost in a farmer's plowed field to continue their southward migration.
Sep 11, 2012 5:15 AM
11When you drive 75 mph along the Interstates ...
I rest my case Your Honour ... no wonder you yankee dogs consume more than a quarter of the world's oil every day. No-one needs to travel at 75mph anywhere at any time for any reason ... especially if you want to smell the roses ... or even if you wish to see something.
We flew late once from Las Vegas to LA, for a night flight from LAX to Sydney - and as we flew in fairly low it was clear that all the highways, freeways and interstates were chocker-block full of traffic. Why? Where were all these people driving to at 10:00pm? They were doing it because they can, I suppose.
Sep 11, 2012 3:16 PM
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