Age old story - RV road trip south/east coast US - advice please?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 7, 2013 12:23 AM Last Post By: Roadtrippinwith...
Nov 25, 2012 10:30 PM
Age old story - RV road trip south/east coast US - advice please?Hi guys!
I'm pretty dead set on this itinerary for this RV roadtrip but would love some advice if I'm making the right decision.
Me and my boyfriend have booked our flights to LA in June 2013. We are from Perth, Australia; I'm 23 and he's 26. This will be our first time to the US. We are planning to stay in LA for roughly four days then fly to Las Vegas and stay for roughly a week. From Las Vegas we will be flying out to Fort Worth, Texas, approximately on the 5th of July (I recognize the 4th July holiday). From Fort Worth we will be renting a RV and driving through Florida then up to NY. I really want to see New Orleans and also include going down to Key West; Orlando's Theme parks are also a must. These are the main points of interest that we're after, anything else is a bonus. We are fairly relaxed people, mostly interested in having fun, drinking, and meeting people; not overly concerned about mueseums or the like. We have until the 28th July to get to NY so we can spend a week in NY before flying back home. We have budgeted $10,000 for internal flights, accommodation, RV hire and petrol.
Is this a good plan or can somebody suggest some room for improvement? Just need to know if the time we've allowed to drive is going to be enough; its roughly 3 weeks. Would love to hear from experienced travellers.
We are super excited to see what USA has to offer :)
Nov 26, 2012 5:42 AM
1Are you going to rent a car when you are in LA for easier sightseeing transportation? Do you plan to also visit the Grand Canyon and other national parks near Las Vegas?
Florida will be hot and humid in June/July -- it is a place to go during our winters. I was in Tampa Bay in October 2009, and it was 105F degrees and very humid! Mosquitoes.
I recommend that you purchase Woodall's RV Campground Directory of North America, 730 pages, after you rent your RV -- it gives directions to excellent quality campgrounds that include Wi-Fi, cable TV, swimming pool, laundromat, hot showers, and some have book-exchanges and BBQs. They also have information about major sites to see in their region.
When you cross the borders of the states along an Interstate Highway, you will find a Visitors' Center that has lots of information and maps about each state. Most of them also have free Wi-Fi or free desktop computers for e-mails.
Nov 26, 2012 5:55 AM
I'm glad you are excited about coming here. The US is a great place to travel and your itinerary hits 8 of the 9 major places in the lower 48, west coast, desert, Texas, New Orleans, deep south Florida, south, mid atlantic.) When you turn 35, come back and see New England and you will have seen it all
Here’s your itinerary as I understand it:
4 days in LA
7 days in Las Vegas
23 days from
Ft Worth, to New Orleans
A few days in New Orleans
Then Orlando, at least one full day in Orlando
Then all the way down to Key West and all the way back,
Then travel to NYC with stops along the way.
If I understand your itinerary correctly, then my first two thoughts are
1. 7 days in Las Vegas is way too much unless that includes several side trips to see desert sites.
2. Heading all the way to Key West and back will suck up too much of your time and make the rest of your trip too hurried to be enjoyable. There are plenty of nice beaches in mainland Florida. Enjoy one or more of them and skip Key West.
Edited by: LongIslandBob
Nov 26, 2012 8:58 PM
3Agree with skipping Key West. It is no big whoop and will suck up too much of your time. Spend more time in New Orleans and seeing the south on the way up. Make sure you do a swamp tour and see a Plantation while you are in New Orleans area.
We are RVers who travel all over North America 3-4 mos of the year. Yes, get a Woodalls Directory. Also have a GPS with an up to date North American map. The GPS will give you RV Parks too. Use commercial RV parks when you are in cities but once you get outside the cities look for National and State Parks. Most have campgrounds that are much more interesting and in scenically gorgeous locations.
Nov 29, 2012 5:59 PM
4Thanks so much for the advice!
I'm kinda devestated that everyone recommends skipping key west but I will give it a miss if it's nothing too special.
I'm now contemplating staying in LA a little longer and in Las Vegas a little less; was only going to stay in Las Vegas for so long because I thought there was so much to do and also taking a full day out to visit the Grand Canyon but will cut that trip down to 4-5 days. Thinking it's a good idea to rent a car in LA as well, fingers crossed converting to left hand drive to right hand drive doesn't cause too many accidents haha.
Thanks for the advice about the Woodalls Directory, will absolutley purchase that.
Appreciate the advice!
Apr 7, 2013 12:23 AM
5Hey what a fantastic trip you have ahead of you! We did a similar trip 18 months ago and im very jealous you have your trip ahead of you!
If you don't mind my thoughts and feed back there's a little I'd like to share! My situation is I'm married in my 30's and my husband and I travelled with two young children 4 and 1. We live in Spain but are originally from the UK. We flew to San Francisco spent 4 days before travelling south to sandiego back up to Vegas, then Utah for monument valley, south again to San Antonio Texas along the gulf coast through new Orleans, missipippi, Alabama, down the Florida pan handle across to Orlando back again to Sarasota down through the Everglades, further south to key west and flew home from Miami.
It took us 32 days and we travelled by car stopping off at motels along the way.
If you stop in LA I don't think you'll need more than a couple of days, I'd recommend visiting Anaheim the Disneyland there is the original and in my opinion better than the magic Kingdom in Orlando. When you got to Orlando spend your time visiting some of the other parks. Also if you're looking for an amazing view of the LA skyline track down http://www.sohohousewh.com/gallery it's a little hard to find but if you call the front desk they'll direct you! The food and service is amazing and we met an awesome Aussie there too!
Vegas, I agree again only a few days is needed, and I can highly recommend the helicopter tours of the grand canyon! Try and get a sunset one if you can to see the strip lit up on your way back! We stayed in the signature suits which was like a mini penthouse apartment great for self catering families. I totally loved Vegas and can't wait to go back kid free ;)
Texas is fab! If you can squeeze in San Antonio the river walk (or by boat is cool) and although your not keen on museums the Alamo is a must! Whilst in Texas grab a steak... In America everything is big, in Texas it's bigger! We took a trip to Johnsons space centre in Houston great for the kids and I love telling everyone I've seen "mission control".
New Orleans - the French quarter is fantastically well kept I wish I'd have done one of the vampire tours but sitting listening to the street jazz drinking was really atmospheric
Alabama - totally under estimated, it's a beautiful part of the world!
The Florida pan handle is very dated but the powder white sandy beaches are a great stop off!
Orlando - its one of those places that you need to visit but in the summer heat with crowds?????? Hmmm
We did a sunset Everglades Airboat tour, really scary thinking about how many gators and snakes are out there but totally cool! And if you do head south to key west the squeeze it in! The drive to key west takes a little longer than anticipated, we stayed in Marathon but made it to key west to see the sunset on the last day of the trip the streets where packed it was a great atmosphere and I ate the best key lime pie ever! I'd squeeze time out of LA and Vegas to fit it in!
We've never travelled in an rv but are planning an east coast trip next year so would love to hear the feedback from your travels, I did find an ap for my iPhone the locates parks sam help its called and also I read about joining an rv club like passport america to benefit on discounts from rv parks.
I visited New York 5 years ago for a long weekend! Its the nuts! My favourite city of all time, the people are so friendly! We walked everywhere did all the tourist spots! Enjoy!
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