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Cross-Country (USA) Road Trip Advice/Experiences
Posted June 27th, 2012 - 8:16 pm by from Rome, United States (Permalink)
Hello! I'm traveling around the US next summer (2013) for about a 3 month period (May-July), give or take a week, and I wanted some advice on the best way to go about it. Starting in northwest Georgia.

Did you drive across the country? Did you go along certain routes/highways? What are some of the highlights from your trip (willing to read blog posts, etc.)?

Also, I wanted to gain maximum experience on most stops. I know this cannot be done if I'm traveling through 50 cities in such a short period of time. If I have to split my trip over two summers, that is fine.

Starting in Georgia, would you recommend an East Coast to West Coast experience, spending most of the time in the west (Cali, Washington, Nevada, Oregon, etc.), or is it fun to start by going north to New York, Maine, Indiana, Michigan, etc., parts of Canada maybe and then hit up Washington D.C., the Carolinas, and maybe Florida if I have time? Those seem like viable routes for the time allotted.

Any advice is appreciated, and yes, I'm also looking for your opinions as well.

Thank you in advance!

Posted June 28th, 2012 - 8:49 pm by from Lyon, France (Permalink)
Hey Justin,

Your trip sound soooo much fun.
I crossed the country with a bus travelling company http://www.greentortoise.com/ In the section ADVENTURE, you have all the trips they offer. You can do cross-country trip, or in Mexico, or Alaska, or just west coast, national parks, etc.
Maybe you can do your own trip in the west coast, take that bus (2 weeks) to cross the country from the North, visiting the east coast and then take that bus again to cross the country again but from the south part.

I can only advise you that trip, because it's soooo much fun. You're travelling with people from all over the world, you're sleeping in the bus or doing camping, you see a different spot every day and we all cook together. It's kind of hippie trip you know. I met so many great people there, and saw many beautiful places, far from the tourist stuffs. You should check on the website all the trips they offer.

Hope I help you.
Good luck and have fun ;)

Posted June 30th, 2012 - 7:53 pm by from Rome, United States (Permalink)
Thank you! I will look into it.

I am looking more for a personalized path across the country, but if for some reason I realize it's not looking as great, then I will check into these.

Thanks again!

Posted February 2nd, 2013 - 10:10 am by from Siegen, Germany (Permalink)
Hi dudes!
I am from germany and i have already booked a flight from frankfurt to Boston on the 01st of june. As i travel on my own i am always searching for some people in america who wants to joint my trip. My first city is boston and then new york. Maybe we can arrange a meeting somewhere somehow and stay in contact when i am in the USA.

So let me know what you think about that. Sounds fun to hang out with guys from italy and france :-)

Best regards

Jakob

Posted February 3rd, 2013 - 6:32 pm by from Syracuse, United States (Permalink)
Thank you Lidwine! I will be checking out the site you recommended as a portion of my project - it sounds like fun. But how comfy is sleeping on the bus?? LOL

Thanks again for the link! :)

Posted June 28th, 2012 - 9:25 pm by from Toledo, United States (Permalink)
I just finished up with a cross country road trip that took me 2 1/2 months. My advice is set a route but leave yourself plenty of time to do unplanned stuff that the locals tell you about. I had the dates I was going to be in a specific city but everything in between was entirely up to me. I also recommend finding a host in each city. Even if they can't atually host you I had the best times when I had somebody showing me around their city. If you have any questions about a specific city I can help you the best that I can. I'm currently blogging about my experience and you may find a good tip or two in there somewhere. http://baseballdreamin.blogspot.com

Posted June 30th, 2012 - 7:51 pm by from Rome, United States (Permalink)
I am working on reading your blog (which you have now inspired me to start one for traveling) - and it seems like you have had a lot of fun!

If you're still offering a couch when I come through, I might see if it is available for a night if that's alright!