Georgia to California - Tips to Get There
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 23, 2013 7:39 AM Last Post By: nutraxfornerves
Mar 25, 2013 11:31 AM
Georgia to California - Tips to Get ThereHey guys,
Me and a few buddies of mine are planning on taking a trip from Georgia to California along the Sun Belt. We all have no major experiences road tripping across states so it'll be new to all of us. We're all college freshman so any places that includes adventurous things to do or parties to go to in any states we will take. Some questions to plan this out:
1) Would it be better for all of us to drive in a car or take trains and buses?
2) What are amazing scenarios and places to do awesome, adventurous things?
3) Any ways to budget the trip so that each of us won't hit more than 500-700 dollars each?
Mar 25, 2013 2:29 PM
1A few questions that might help get you better answers.
How many days do you plan to travel? $500 for 5 days is very different from $500 for 10 days.
How many buddies?
Does one of you already own a car that you can use for the trip?
Is the trip one-way or round trip?
Are you all over 21?
Do you have a specific place in California you want as the final destination?
What kinds of things have you done in the past that you consider awesome & adventurous?
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Mar 25, 2013 4:24 PM
2Oh right, sorry about not giving more info.I was in a rush. We're thinking of making it a week trip around mid-May but any extra days due to random happenings would be fine. There's 3, counting me also, who wants to go on this trip. Two of us have a car but we are taking mines because it's more stable.
The idea is to go from Georgia to California and take a plan back to Georgia after it's all done. None of us are above the age of 21. No specific location set when we enter California, but LA would be nice (close to Santa Monica Pier).
Regarding adventurous things, I've went skydiving. I did rock climbing for a bit. Any places where we can see beautiful scenarios (forests, waterfalls), and affordable activities.
Mar 25, 2013 4:36 PM
3OK. Now I'm confused. You plan to drive to California and take a plane back. What happens to the car in LA? Does the budget include that return flight?
If you are not 21, skip Las Vegas. Not your kind of place if you are underage. In fact, you will have to figure out what "party" is going to mean, since you can't buy alcohol.
Santa Monica Hostel
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Mar 25, 2013 6:21 PM
Mar 25, 2013 7:54 PM
5From Atlanta, Georgia, drive to Knoxville, Tennessee, for the start of Interstate-40 west, all of the way to California. If you like Rock and Roll and Country Music, then you will find venues in Tennessee. If you like Jazz, then you may want to detour south to New Orleans. I drove Interstate-55 between Memphis and New Orleans in one day. If you like Bayou and Cajun country, drive west from New Orleans on Interstate-10. From Houston, Texas, you may drive northwest to Austin, just a short ways north of San Antonio on Interstate-10. Take I-10 west through El Paso to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Turn north on Interstate-25, and follow the Rio Grande north to Albuquerque and Interstate-40 again.. The alternate route to Pecos and Carlsbad Caverns and over the mountains to Roswell and then onto Interstate-25 would be dependent on how well your car handles mountain terrain and side roads (not paved interstates).
In Albuquerque, you have a choice of driving further north 45 minutes to Santa Fe, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and very scenic. If your car does handle mountain roads, then you could take the road to Taos, about one hour north of Santa Fe, then drive west to Durango, Colorado. From Durango, you could either take the Million Dollar Highway #550 north to Grand Junction and then Interstate-70 west, or take the Dolores Valley road from Cortez past Telluride Ski Resort and then out to Moab,Utah, then onto Interstate-70 southwest.. From I-70, turn onto Interstate-15 through Las Vegas, over Cajon Pass, through San Bernardino County to Orange County (Anaheim -- Disneyland), then turn north on Interstate-10 again to Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
If you do not detour through the cool Rocky Mountains, you will be driving through desert environment from Texas to California. If you wish to drive straight to the Grand Canyon, stay on Interstate-40 to Arizona, then the turnoff is just past Holbrook. The number of extra days that these alternatives take is dependent on how much time you spend sightseeing.
Mar 25, 2013 9:26 PM
6@nutraxfornerves, I'm trying to figure out if it would be cheaper to drive there and back or take trains and buses and take a plane back to Georgia after reaching California. Thanks for the link.
@hermosajoe, I would love to camp but I'm sure my buddies would rather lay on a soft bed in a safe hotel than out in the woods.
@trekker502, I appreciate the directions greatly? It'll be our first time going cross country.
Mar 25, 2013 9:44 PM
7For sure...a car...! Bus and train travel is 3d class in the US... You can't stop when you want to...
As to "adventures"....get off the Interstate occasionally...you'll trade speed for local color... University towns are usually pretty good places to visit...
Listen to local radio for things happening in places you'll be going through... Also a good way to hear local music...because you'll be traveling through several Cultural Zones on your trip...
America's Fly over Country has lots of Fairs, Rodeos, Swap Meets, Festivals and other Events that keep the natives entertained...check local papers and billboards for clues...
Rooms can be very expensive in the US...consider camping...or sleeping in truck stops or rest areas to cut costs...
Mar 26, 2013 5:45 AM
(**There are a few places that do allow rentals to the under-21 set, but I know of none in Georgia, and they almost always place strict geographic restrictions on the rentals.)
I think your age demands you take transit and fly.
And remember, on top of all of these times, you need to add time to get out and enjoy where you are.
I suggest taking a round trip road trip (if you have a car) somewhere closer, maybe up through Tennessee or even as far as Texas, or (if you don't have a car) working your way up the northeast by transit.
Mar 27, 2013 7:14 AM
9Check out Green Tortoise http://www.greentortoise.com with budgetwise motorcoach tours of the USA. Options of tent-camping, hostels, motels.
Mar 28, 2013 5:45 AM
Sep 23, 2013 7:16 AM
11Hope you guys had a great adventures during your traveled. although, I just read the posting today but you scared me when you indicated the time frame you were traveling, because you never know - giving out info like that can be unsafe. I am a mom, so I guess am a bit paranoia. My son will be moving to CA in the coming months - so we will be driving with him to CA. How was the drive for you guys?
Sep 23, 2013 7:29 AM
12PLATINUMCASTLE813, I am middle-aged but work with young men in the age range of the would-be adventurers. I can assure you that their version of the trip involved way more junk food, much later nights, and way less laundry or personal hygiene, than you would find acceptable. But I haven't run into any news reports of the tragic deaths of a group of young Georgians on their first road trip, so let's assume they survived and perhaps even enjoyed the trip.
Are you asking about good places to break up such a long trip, or something else?
Sep 23, 2013 7:39 AM
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