Ultimate USA Road Trip Itinerary
Many people dream about doing a USA road trip because it is the best destination in the world to go on a road trip. There are so many different options in regards to road trip routes and you can make your trip as short or long as you like. You can combine beach visits with city sightseeing and cultural visits with casinos. Basically, whatever you want from your road trip, you can build your own dream holiday.
The hardest part is deciding which route to take, as there are some amazing ones including the famous Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway, The Las Vegas Loop or the coast-to-coast LA to New York if you have around a month to travel.
The one that we think incorporates the widest range of experiences is LA to New York, so we have provided you with the itinerary for this one:
LA to NYC
1st Stop - Santa Monica
Starting off in Santa Monica, you should spend some time at the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Park is also a great place to visit.
2nd Stop - LA
Los Angeles is the next stop along this amazing road trip. We recommend that you spend at least two days here, in order to see the best bits of LA. Rodeo Drive, The Hollywood Sign, Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame are a few of the attractions to get around in your time in LA. It is also the best place to spot celebs, so if you fancy a bit of celebrity hunting you should rock up at some of the top celeb haunts such as Beverly Hills Hotel, Chateau Marmont or the Disneyland Resort!
3rd Stop – Las Vegas
Whether you like the casinos or not, Las Vegas has got to be on your bucket list, so a stop off here is a must. Vegas has so much more than slot machines, roulette and any other casino games that take your fancy. It is also the home of many amazing shows with the top singers and performers from across the globe taking residency here. We recommend another couple of days in Vegas to make sure you get to experience some of the most exciting parts. Don’t miss the Bellagio Fountains!
4th Stop - Zion National Park
The next stop couldn’t be much more different to The Strip in Vegas, with the beauty of Zion National Park.If you like hiking and good views then this is the perfect place to spend some time on your trip.
5th Stop – Grand Canyon
It would be crazy to not stop off at the Grand Canyon whilst you are crossing the US. A helicopter ride in the Canyon is probably the most exhilarating way to see its magnificence. Rafting is also an exciting thing to do in the Grand Canyon.
6th Stop - Santa Fe
The next stop is great for those who love to do the more cultural things, as it is full of museums and galleries. If that is your kind of trip, then you can spend a while here.
7th Stop – Texas
The next place to drive through is Texas and there is a good selection of different places to stop off here. Austin is definitely worth a visit but it is worth doing your own research to see which parts of Texas appeal most to your group.
8th Stop - New Orleans
The foodies’ paradise New Orleans is next on the route and we suggest that as well as treating yourself to the cuisine, you should have a cruise down the Mississippi.
9th Stop – Memphis
Any Elvis fans will want to stop off at Graceland to have a look at where The King lived.
10th Stop - Nashville
Another stop that the music lovers will appreciate – Nashville is the birthplace of country music so you should most definitely find somewhere to take in some live music whilst stopping over here.
11th Stop – Washington DC
If you interested in seeing the capital of the US and The White House then you can’t miss the opportunity to visit Washington
12th Stop - New York
The last stop on this epic adventure is arguably the most iconic of all – NYC. If you have the time to spare, book to stay here for anything between 3 days and a week, as you have so much to see and do. Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building are just a few, but you can get the New York Pass to combine all of the attractions and transport into one pass.
Don’t forget when you are planning your road trip that visiting the US requires a visa, or an ESTA if you are travelling from a country from the Visa Waiver Program like the UK.