One month US Road Trip
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jul 10, 2013 3:15 PM Last Post By: LongIslandBob
Jul 10, 2013 6:16 AM
One month US Road TripHi,
We - my girlfriend and what will be my 6 or 7 month old baby - are planning to go on a month long road trip in the States next year.
Has anyone got any suggestions for routes and / or particular stops along the way? Initially we thought about going coast to coast - starting in New York and finishing in San Francisco. I'd really like to see some big open spaces, but also keen to take in great cities like New Orleans, Chicago etc.
Obviously we can't do it all, but if anyone could make some suggestions about possible routes, or musts in terms of stops, that would be really helpful.
Jul 10, 2013 6:23 AM
1Too vague a question to answer with any clarity. Please provide your budget, interests (national parks, history, museums, big cities, small towns), mode of travel (renting a car, flying, busses and trains), travel style (luxury, budget, camping) and the month of the year you will be travelling.
The more detail you provide, the better answers you will get.
Jul 10, 2013 6:27 AM
2Welcome to the TT...As long it's warm & dry the child should remain happy... So this proposed trip is about you & the Gf's interests ... Better information will come from telling, we here, why your planning ?this trip & what attractions you wish to visit... "Wide open spaces" ain't 'enuff ... What will you be driving ? How do you plan to lodge ?? What is your "all in" budget for the X-C drive ??? carracar
Jul 10, 2013 6:29 AM
Jul 10, 2013 6:33 AM
Jul 10, 2013 6:40 AM
Jul 10, 2013 6:55 AM
6The USA does not have as many hostels as there are in other countries, so you need to plan to stay in motels, if that is your budget. Motel 6 (chain motels) is one of the cheaper ones throughout the country, but will still cost around $70 for the three of you. It will be much more expensive in New York City and San Francisco.
If you are travelling in June, the snow will have melted and the temperatures will be warming up, especially in the south. You could spend 4 nights in New York City, then rent a car and drive west to Interstate-81, then drive south along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains through Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Knoxville, Tennessee, where you will find the junction with Interstate-40. If you do not wish to see Nashville, Tennessee, then continue driving south to Interstate-10, then west to New Orleans, Louisiana. There are opportunities to detour to see the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico en route to New Orleans.
After New Orleans, you need to decide if you wish to see Bayou country of Louisiana, which would be continuing west on Interstate-10, or if you wish to see Memphis, Tennessee (Elvis Presley's Graceland); Route #66 starting in Oklahoma; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Grand Canyon in Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Interstate-10 takes you through Houston and El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico (near Carlsbad Caverns); Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California. The temperatures along Interstate-10 will be much warmer than along Interstate-40. Allow 2 weeks for this drive across country.
The drive along the Pacific Coast, Highway #1, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, takes at least 2 days. You could take 4 days and make stops at scenic places for overnights in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur/Monterey, then San Francisco. Fly home from San Francisco.
Jul 10, 2013 7:22 AM
Jul 10, 2013 7:24 AM
Jul 10, 2013 7:56 AM
9I've never traveled with a baby so I'm not sure what new problems that would add to the trip but as far as routes go you haven't given us to much to go on. The best way to do it make a list of different big cities and national parks you want to see then do some research on things to do in those places, then start to plan your route. http://www.roadtrippers.com might offer you some suggestions of interesting things along what ever route you decide. Also places like http://www.tripadvisor.com/ might give you some info about the places you're going.
Jul 10, 2013 8:27 AM
Jul 10, 2013 9:53 AM
11My dad traveled coast-to-coast many times and insisted 2-and-a-half weeks (with sight-seeing) was about the norm. To do Trekker's hockey-stick-shaped route a month sounds about right.
Libby is correct that a long trip with a baby can sometimes e a burden. An extended weekend or a week at the beach is one thing, but an entire month can be quite difficult. Nashville, New Orleans and Chicago are known for, among other things, their nightlife and their live music. You'll have to plan around that with a 6-month old baby.
I have traveled with very young kids, but I assure you shorter trips and de-emphasizing nightlife spots makes it a lot easier.
Jul 10, 2013 2:32 PM
12Yes, if the OP had suggested a couple of weeks in Hawaii I wouldn't have blinked, but I'm just thinking - car seat, stroller, portable cot, supply of nappies, added to the luggage. Hopefully bub will be breastfed, but otherwise bottle-feeding paraphernalia, sterilising, heating etc. and a baby that needs to be fed and changed every few hours, and bathed in a hotel basin every day (not all hotels have bathtubs). Of course you may be highly organised new parents who take all this in your stride but, remembering my experiences as a new parent, anything more than a week of that would have stressed me out completely.
Jul 10, 2013 3:14 PM
13When a baby is about 3-months old parents are DEFINITELY still sleeping in shifts. Babies that age seldom sleep for more than 3-4 hours at a time and when they are awake they need direct attention.
That begins to wear off at about the 4-month mark but doesn't totally end until 10-12 months.
My son was born June 2nd.
Before the end of August (Age 3 mos.), we took him along on a 4-5 day mixed business and pleasure trip to Niagara Falls. We didn't get a lot of sleep, and we had to skip 100% of the more adventurous attractions, but it worked
Over Christmas, (age 6-7 months), I took him too see the family (those who hadn't seen him already). My wife was worn out from the trip so I spent 6 hours of what was supposed to be Dad's sleeping time awake with him. It wasn't terrible. Parents actually get accustomed to stuff like that. But fortunately the only thing on the agenda was "visiting with family." I was in no shape to go touring a city's sites.
By the time he was 14 mos., we took him on a beach trip. We grown-ups didn't get to do quite as much of the stuff we would have liked (like giant water slides, roller coasters, body-surfing and fishing), but there were plenty of ways for us all to play together. Mom Dad and PJ all had a great time.
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