3 months in the US - Need help filling in the blanks...
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Jan 3, 2012 3:30 AM Last Post By: MalcolmTucker
Jan 2, 2012 7:52 AM
15Thanks for the help so far everyone.
I've been doing more planning based on your suggestions and have come up with a rough itinerary. I'd appreciate it if you could take a look and let me know if everything looks practical.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/76945682/US-Itin?secret_password=20pcl83tuv9spw6vovj0 (Download as .ost).
The number of days in each city is very rough at the moment and as you can see I haven't filled every day between 12/04 and 06/07. San Fran is somewhere I've always wanted to visit so I might add a few extra days there. And perhaps Chicago and Seattle.
From Seattle I'm a bit stuck as to the best route to Yellowstone. Is it possible to fly into and then rent a car at the airport? Or should I try and rent a car in Seattle?
Thanks again for any tips.
Jan 2, 2012 8:05 AM
Jan 2, 2012 9:12 AM
17Cool, thanks. I'll take a look at the cost of that compared to a flight.
Bad news is, adding all this up I think I might have to skip the whole Yellowstone part of the trip due to budget (or lack of). I might extend my stay at Great Smoky, then hit Yosemite whilst I'm over that way.
Jan 2, 2012 9:26 AM
18If you decide on Yosemite, make lodging reservations in advance. NOW is not too early, as it books rapidly. If you can do it in May, it won't be as crowded as later on.Try for weekdays. You can get to Yosemite from SF without a car, or drive as far north as Monterey, then drive to Yosemite and from Yosemite to SF.
Jan 2, 2012 9:31 AM
Now you are confusing me. You make Great Smoky Mountains to Yosemite sound like you're going to the local carry-out for a six-pack, but you can't make it to Yellowstone?
For the record Great Smoky Mountains to Yosemite is 2446 miles by car.
Great Smoky Mountains to Yellowstone to Yosemite is 3167 miles by car. It is a shame to miss Yellowstone for a difference of one long day in driving time if that is what is holding you back.
Jan 2, 2012 9:38 AM
20It's not the actual driving to Yellowstone that's the problem, it's the cost of renting a car again.
The only reason I mentioned Smoky was because I think I'm going to have to remove one of the parks from my itinerary due to costs.
Smoky seems a bit more accessible on the path I'm heading though.
Sorry to confuse you, hope that's cleared it up.
Jan 2, 2012 9:47 AM
21You have to do what you have to do. I love the Smoky Mountains and I go there as often as I can. However, if I had to rank Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Smokies, that is the order that I would rank them. The Smokies and Yosemite are jewels. Yellowstone is a jewel box.
In any case, have a great time.
Jan 3, 2012 3:30 AM
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