Chicago with 4/5days traveling?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2012 5:33 AM Last Post By: ref_traveller
Sep 27, 2012 11:18 AM
Chicago with 4/5days traveling?Me and a friend are going to the USA for 10 days. The first 5 will be spent visiting friends in Chicago but after that we want to travel.
Having looked at a map of the USA and randomly picked a route, i'm favouring Chicago to St Louis, then Oklahoma City, Dallas, and finishing in San Antonio. Having had a quick look at a route planner, it seems like we could do each of these bits in a morning (except for St Louis to Oklahoma, which seems to take about 8hrs) with a large part of the day left to spend in each of the cities. Do you guys think this journey is possible?
However, we are open to different routes, so if you think another route might be better I'm happy to hear it. We don't need to end in San Antonio.
My friend probably will prefer the cities, however I like nature and scenery.
Thanks for the info and recommendations!
Sep 27, 2012 11:24 AM
1When ? How do you intend to travel(transport)? What are your ages ? what will be your cash in hand budget, for the post Chicago tour ??? carracar
Sep 27, 2012 11:28 AM
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Sep 27, 2012 11:46 AM
Sep 27, 2012 11:56 AM
Consider this rough route instead. More interesting, less driving.
Sep 27, 2012 12:01 PM
Relax. Winter driving isn't THAT awful, especially in the flat territory you propose to cover. They clear the Interstate highways promptly after any snowstorm--they run plows during the storm, if necessary. Non-Interstate highways are usually clear within a half-day or so. Only side roads are really problematic.
Remember that even if you can't see ice, you should drive like it's there anyway. (Meaning slowly, and making no abrupt turns or decelerations, with plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you.) Those signs that say "Bridge Freezes Before Road" aren't just kidding, you know.
But the logistics of winter travel aside, the question is whether you want to travel such a nondescript route in the dead of winter. They call it the dead of winter because everything is dead. The scenery will be flat; you will pass dead, barren fields (whether snow-covered or not) under steel-grey skies. Wouldn't you be happier flying south to the nice weather?
Chicago's great. San Antonio and St. Louis are worth a day or two. Dallas kind of isn't. And I haven't seen Oklahoma City placed deliberately on a travel itinerary (except as an overnight stopover on the way to someplace else) in the six years I've been posting here. What made you choose those places?
A more usual choice would be Chicago - St. Louis - Memphis - New Orleans - Austin - San Antonio.
Car rental. Welcome to the United States, where we rent cars and hire drivers.
Sep 27, 2012 12:03 PM
Sep 27, 2012 12:21 PM
8Okay, I would like to visit the national parks too. But Feb is also way too cold for Yellowstone, right? So where would you recommend? I have already seen some national parks around california, like Joshua Tree, Sequoia.
I picked that route with little reason. It was quite random. I am happy to alter it.
I'm now thinking that we will fly from Chicago to the south and travel from there. Maybe Chicago to San Antonio then across to New Orleans. What do you think?
Edited by: SshDonnie
Sep 27, 2012 12:51 PM
9If it's "random," you're traveling in February, and you like parks, fly to L.A., get some cheap rental car, and head to Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and various southern California state parks.
Or go to Yellowstone. You'll have warm layered clothing for Chicago anyway, and there will be ranger-led programs, including snowshoeing trips .
Sep 27, 2012 12:56 PM
Sep 27, 2012 1:18 PM
Sep 27, 2012 2:47 PM
12As per your first schedule, each of your days involves 4-6 hours driving.
Add 30 mins to pack and check-out 30 mins to unpack and check in, that might not leave much time for the stuff you might want to see or do.
Personally I would be tempted to hop a flight to the Gulf Coast and enjoy a week there.
Sep 27, 2012 5:52 PM
Sep 27, 2012 7:40 PM
14You can't do Yellowstone in February on that budget. Between flights, car rental, hotels and paying to see the park (by snowmobile or snow coach, because those are your only real options) you just can't do it. Afterall, you still have to eat. Plus you waste one day just getting there and one day leaving, leaving three days to see stuff. That's a lot of time and travel. It is gorgeous in winter, though.
The drive to West Yellowstone is a bitch, too. Not impossible, but not easy. The first 3/4 of the trip is a piece of cake. It is the last 1/4 through Targhee Nat'l Forest that gets tough.
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