THE AMERICAN SUMMER ROAD TRIP

Well, you know what they say…better late than never!!
I still get so many people asking for tips on traveling America, so I’ve made it my March resolution to get some posts done about our 3 month trip around the States. This post is all about exactly where we stopped so you can plan your own USA road trip ideas! (As I continue on, each major city will have a link to a post with tips and things to see).
You can also check out my previous blog post – 20 things I wish I knew before I traveled America

Essentially we flew in to San Francisco, drove to Vegas and then flew over to the East Coast and visited Chicago, Washington DC, New York and Boston then hired a car and drove all the way down the East Coast to Florida (got evacuated because of Hurricane Irma!) and then began our travels across the Country from the East Coast to the West Coast via Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and then up the West Coast through California finishing up in San Francisco again!
It was certainly a whirlwind 90 days and definitely something I will remember for a life time. We had fantastic weather, stayed in some beautiful cities and also some very dangerous parts of suburbs that we had no idea were dangerous before we arrived, made some amazing friends, drank a LOT of alcohol (haha) and experienced some very somber times at the 9/11 Memorial in New York and the Vegas shooting aftermath.

USA road trip map

Here are all of our stops:
San Francisco
Santa Cruz
Bakersfield
Las Vegas
Chicago
Washington DC
New York
Boston
Philadelphia
Baltimore
Myrtle Beach
Charleston
Daytona Beach (where we were evacuated from and had to fly over to the West Coast to escape the Hurricane!)
Los Angeles
New Orleans
Dallas
Austin
San Antonio
Roswell
Tuscon
Tombstone
San Diego
Joshua Tree National Park
Palm Springs
Los Angeles (again because we loved it SO much the first time!)
Malibu
Santa Barbara
Yosemite National Park
Carmel
San Francisco

There’s obviously so many road trip planner routes you can do, but I had a lot of help from some friends at work who are born & bred Americans so I was lucky enough to have their input and ideas! Plus, I wanted to make it as easy as possible to be able to drive the majority of our trip, so each stop had to be within around 8-9 hours of each other or less.
TIP: Download the app Rome2Rio or check out their website…it was a LIFESAVER because we didn’t book the majority of accommodation until the day of our stay so that we had a lot of flexibility, so the road to rio site & app saved out butts helping us to decide the best routes and gives you the options to see flight times, driving times, train times, bus times, uber estimates and the average cost as well!

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