Thursday, April 01, 2010

All Around the USA

Hi Jamie.

My friends and I are discussing a full out cross country road trip for this summer.
Basically our trip would start from Pennsylvania and head across the northern US. We want to end up in Seattle, go down the Pacific Coast, and then back across the southern US before ending up back at home in PA.

I have no clue where to even start with planning and any advice you could give would be a HUGE help.

Thanks So Much!



Hi Hannah --

Many thanks for writing in to Road Trip USA. A cross-country road trip is a great idea, and the best thing about it is that you can make it up as you go along -- so don't worry too much about planning everything out in advance.

As far as deciding upon what to see and do, I'd suggest you pick up a copy of my Road Trip USA book (which has a lot more ideas and info than I've squeezed up on the website!), then start marking up a road map (or better yet, a road atlas with as much detail as possible) to highlight all the places that appeal to you and your friends.

Go hang out in a library or bookstore, and check out all the dozens of specialized travel guides out there -- there are books that will take you to artsy small towns, minor league baseball games, scenic spots and historic sights -- all of which I include in Road Trip USA, too.

Plan to drop by and visit old friends, or friends of friends, or re-connect with distant family members -- knowing locals is a great way to insure fun (not to mention your savings on accommodations!)

Also look into lodging at some of the many youth hostels around the USA -- the are great options for all travelers, especially the young (and young-at-heart!)

Seattle is great destination -- as is the whole West Coast, from the Olympic National Park south to LA, and a cross-country round trip would give you an unforgettable sense of just how huge and diverse this country is.

Have fun with the research, then go out and enjoy the ride.

Happy Trails,

Jamie Jensen
** Road Trip USA -- on sale now **



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