Revised itinerary for 11 week USA trip
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 14, 2012 10:55 AM Last Post By: smartcookiee
Dec 11, 2012 10:10 PM
Revised itinerary for 11 week USA tripHi there folks, I'm so sorry to bug ya'll again but I've been reading more about the USA and places we'd like to see (or miss) and also reading advice from my last thread and was hoping you could have another peruse of our itinerary and offer advice on where we should spend more (or less) time?
This itinerary is 10 weeks so far. That leaves a week extra to play with in terms of finding other things to do, staying longer in places, delays etc.
Things we've changed since the first itinerary we made are that we have replaced some of the train travel with flights in favour of driving along the Mississippi from NO to St Louis. We're also skipping Texas now and flying over it.
San Fran - 4 days
Yosemite - 3 days (camping tour)
TRAIN - 2 days - California Zephyr
Denver - 7 days - Driving through Wyoming to Yellowstone and back
TRAIN - 1 day - Zephyr
Chicago - 4 days (Fly to Boston)
Boston - 3 days
New York - 5 days
Philly - 2 days
Washington DC - 3 days
TRAIN - 1 day
Charleston -2 days
Savannah - 2 days
Orlando - 6 days (Fly to NO)
New Orleans - 4 days (Pick up hire CAR)
Natchez, MI - 1 day
Memphis, TN - 3 days
St Louis, MO - 3 days (Drop off hire car, Fly to Las Vegas)
Las Vegas - 3 days (Pick up hire CAR )
Santa Fe, NM & National Parks on the way there and back -7 days
Drive from Vegas to LA
Los Angeles - 3 days (Drop off hire car)
= 69 days
Dec 12, 2012 4:37 AM
1Sounds like a great trip! The part I'm most familiar with is the Southwest (Vegas-Santa Fe) so I'd recommend trying to add a day (one day to Zion, one day in Zion, one day to Mesa Verde, one day to Santa Fe, one day in Santa Fe, one day to Grand Canyon, one day in Grand Canyon, one day to Vegas - 8 days and still a bit rushed.)
Dec 12, 2012 5:58 AM
Dec 12, 2012 11:16 AM
3I would drop time in St. Louis and add it to the Southwest roadtrip. Southern Utah (Zion, Escalante etc.) should be a priority. Also, you could consider spending time road tripping around Colorado instead of going from Denver to Yellowstone and back. That is a lot of driving through Wyoming, which is pretty damn dull (unless you think you will love wind swept shortgrass prairie).
Dec 12, 2012 7:35 PM
4Ah! So peeved! Just wrote a response to this and then got a dang error and it all disappeared, ne'er to be seen again. :(
Will sum in bullet point now. Haha.
-Savannah to Charleston (and then Orlando) - will catch Amtrak. Most likely add an extra day to Savannah and Charleston to allow for travel time. (2hrs between these two)
-Still reading about all of the parks in Utah/Nevada/Arizona/NM as there seems to be PLENTY of them. Will probably add more days to this part of the trip to allow for travel distances between places. Also looks like it's not too difficult to find affordable lodgings in motels, etc in this region. Mesa Verde was definitely on my original list of places to see. I am interested in Indigenous cultures and history (It is my university major here in Australia).
-Wyoming. We are planning 7 days here to see Yellowstone, Teton NP, Cody, Jackson, Devil's Tower and anything else that takes our fancy. Have already found an epic driving road that piques our interest. Will look into Colorado though, as per your suggestion. Any tips on particular places to see/stay in the area that I should concentrate on?
Dec 13, 2012 4:45 AM
5Well, you could do some reorganizing so that you drive from Denver down the 285 to Salida to the 50 to the 550 ("Million Dollar Highway") with stops in Ouray and Silverton to Durango and Mesa Verde over to Santa Fe through to Utah and the Grand Canyon and then fly from Vegas to Chicago. It complicates things for sure...though I love that part of the US and those drives through the southern Rockies and San Juan mountains with stops in the old mining towns of Colorado. However, I haven't been to Yellowstone since I was a kid so I can't fairly recommend one trip over the other.
Dec 13, 2012 5:02 AM
6We are starting further towards the north though because it will be September. By the time we come around again back to Nevada, etc it will be November and a lot cooler. ;) Will have a read about the places you've mentioned though, thanks. I bought a copy of Lonely Planet USA for some light reading. Hehe
Dec 14, 2012 10:55 AM
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