2 weeks in US (mid October) - road trip ideas?
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 1:30 PM Last Post By: golub
Aug 30, 2012 9:03 AM
2 weeks in US (mid October) - road trip ideas?hi,
i will have 2 weeks time to spend in US, arrival to JFK. I already been to New York so dont want to spend time there.
any idea for road trip with departure in New York? (there will be 2-3 persons in mid 20-30 age).
I was thinking about this route (i was thinking about diving up to Dallas because i have friend there).
Do you think it is doable in 2 weeks - http://goo.gl/maps/FmOFO
(this is just random plan i draw).
If there are any special cool places worth visit please kindly advice:)
I know there are lots of info on this forum but it is hard to search,
What i am interested is to see some small towns and national parks, drive along scenic roads + nature. No interested in museum:)
also what is the avarage budget per day? (food + motel per person), excluding car and petrol
Aug 30, 2012 9:07 AM
1Why do you feel you need to start your driving trip from New York?
Most people who want to do road trips start in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or San Francisco and see the National Parks and the unique southwest or mountainous natural sights.
Lonely Planet gives a minimum estimate of $110 per person per day.
Get ahold of the Lonely Planet USA guide and you will get some suggested itineraries.
What time of year is this planned for? Winter weather would change recommendations.
Your proposed itinerary looks quite dull to me.
Aug 30, 2012 9:20 AM
2time is October 19 till November 4.
I need to arrive and depart from New York (have ticket already).
If it is better to start trip not in New York, it is OK, i can fly somewhere to south or west.
I was thinking not about West (California and Grand Canyon), but South - (New Orleans, Texas and things around) - thats why such route on the map.
Which loop would you guys do if you would have 2 weeks in the south (including Dallas) ?
Aug 30, 2012 9:35 AM
4As of 15 days ago you IP, was for travel companions for California parks...So is the latest post simply another post with out purpose ??? carracar
Aug 30, 2012 9:39 AM
Aug 30, 2012 9:42 AM
7keep one eye on the weather :
weather is very good this time of year
daytime highs of 25 c and low humidity.
Would you fly to central florida ?
either Orlando or Tampa and do a loop with a rental car
from Orlando drive north towards Ocala then Palatka
and then St Augustine and return to Orlando via route 17
flights, see.....JETBLUE.COM /
Aug 30, 2012 9:48 AM
8thanks i will check Florida option! and yes, jetblue already in my bookmarks
Aug 30, 2012 9:49 AM
9Have you noticed how much driving is invloved with that route?
And you say you want "small towns" and "nature," but you're spending a lot of time in big cities.
Based on your interests, consider this rough route instead.
Be aware that it is fall, and some places will be less active than during high season.
You could also tack on a detour to xCharleston, if you wanted.
Aug 30, 2012 9:59 AM
Aug 30, 2012 10:02 AM
11I would second the itinerary proposed by bzookaj. Essentially, it puts you through the Appalachian Mountains, Great Smokey Mountains, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a very beautiful area with lots of hiking opportunities. It's much better than Florida, IMHO. As previously said, the most majestic part of the country, scenery-wise, is the southwest (Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, etc). If you don't think you'll ever come back to the US, then it might be worth it to plan that trip. If you don't want to deal with additional flights from NYC then doing the eastern trip is not a bad alternative. It's a toss-up. Have fun!
Aug 30, 2012 10:05 AM
12That's a pretty good route from #9. I'd push deeper into Pennsylvania rather than follow the main roads through New Jersey as he suggests--you'll see some nice fall colors and small towns in mid-to-late October.
The trip to Dallas would be physically possible, but you'd spend all your time driving in order to get to a place which is not very interesting or welcoming. For a two week trip, you want to fly to whatever area you're interested in seeing (Florida if you like that sort of thing, New York or Boston for New England, New York or Washington D.C. for #9's southern Appalachians and mid-Atlantic), then do a short loop.
It should be obvious that there are several lifetime's worth of spectacular two-week road trips in the USA. Decide where you want to go on the basis of what you feel like seeing and doing, not what someone else tells you to do. Personally, I'd suggest the canyons in the Southwest that time of year, but someone else says Florida and you're thinking Dallas. Make it suit you.
Hope that's helpful.
Aug 30, 2012 10:42 AM
13thanks to all!
i still to decide where to go..i will think between route at post #9 and southwest/California..
this is not the last trip:) i was thinking may be to do California next spring (but thats another story:)
Aug 30, 2012 12:50 PM
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