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Possibly one of the most epic (in my opinion!) roadtrips you could ever take if you had 3-4 weeks to spare in the good ol’ US of A. Travel coast to coast from Los Angeles to New York crossing 12 states and checking out some of the amazing highlights this huge and diverse country has to offer. USA Roadtrip. USA Road Trip. Coast Coast Roadtrip.
As I mentioned in my post about Group Travel, a great place to start when planning a trip covering large distances is to look at how the ‘big guns’ do it. My coast to coast roadtrip is loosely based on the Trek America tour I took back in 2008 – with all the bits I really wished I could have done (but didn’t know about at the time!) added in. coast coast roadtrip.
As I would recommend making the journey across a minimum of 3 weeks, I will break this itinerary down into 3 posts – otherwise this could get very lengthy, and you might get bored, and I certainly wouldn’t want that! I’ll cover the highlights of each marker, travel times between each and add suggestions for other things in the area. Happy Travels! 🙂
Week 1 – The West. usa road trip.
The route: usa roadtrip. coast coast roadtrip.
Santa Monica – Los Angeles – Las Vegas – Zion National Park – Horseshoe Bend – Antelope Canyon – Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park usa roadtrip.
1. Santa Monica coast coast roadtrip. USA Road Trip . usa roadtrip
Boasting a laid back beach atmosphere with 8 districts offering great shopping, dining and activities in a 8.3 sq mile area, Santa Monica is the perfect small town (very close to the big city!) to ease into your coast-to-coast USA roadtrip.
Highlights: Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park, Third Street Promenade
In the area: Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, Palisades Park, Trapeze School of NY (on the pier)
Next Stop: Los Angeles – Travel Time: 45minutes – 1 hour (just a little journey to start you off)
2. Los Angeles. USA Road Trip. USA Roadtrip. Coast Coast roadtrip
Absolutely one of my favorite United States destinations – from Hollywood Hills to Rodeo Drive there are a plethora of famous places, famous people and famous stories to be discovered. Definately the home of celebrity! There is so much to see and do in LA that I would recommend spending a few days here before ‘officially’ setting off on your roadtrip. Head over to my LA Guide for the full city guide, hints and tips.
Related: if your a fan of La Brea Tar Pits you could always go Hunting Mammoths in Florida! USA Roadtrip
Next Stop: Las Vegas – Travel Time: 4-4.5 hours
3. Las Vegas. coast coast roadtrip. usa roadtrip.
Viva Las Vegas!! I can’t even say Vegas without the dulcet tones of Elvis echoing in my ears. It really is the bright light city that sets your soul on fire. Another destination that can just not be covered in full in this little post, head on over to my Las Vegas City Guide for everything awesome about this city in the desert.
In the area: Beautiful Casino’s, Amazing Shows, Cabarets Performances, Fabulous Shopping- there’s something for everyone – and can you believe I didn’t make one single bet whilst I was there! USA Road Trip. USA Roadtrip. Coast Coast Roadtrip.
Next Stop: Zion National Park – Travel Time: 2.5 – 3 hours USA Roadtrip
4. Zion National Park. USA Road Trip. USA Roadtrip.
The first national/state park on this roadtrip, Zion is also the first National Park in Utah and boasts sandstone cliffs are both beautiful and breathtaking. Be it walking through the base or climbing to the highest point, every perspective is worth it. And if you’re lucky you may spot one of the 69 species of mammals, 208 birds, 29 reptiles, 6 amphibians or 9 fish, that call Zion NP their home.
Highlights: Angel’s Landing & The Riverwalk Coast coast USA. USA Road Trip. USA Roadtrip.
want to know more? Read Visiting Zion National Park and Popular Hikes
Next Stop: Horseshoe Bend – Travel Time: 2 hours
If you want to know more about Utah click here to read more about Backpacking Northern Utah
5 & 6: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon. USA Roadtrip
Perfect in the lead up to the Grand Canyon – Horseshoe Bend is stunning in its own right. It is one of the most photographed areas of the Colarado River (there are even websites dedicated to how to get the best photographs!) and its not hard to see why. It is one pretty special riverbend!
Just a short 20 minute hop away is Antelope Canyon where you can get up close and personal to some beautiful rock formations in one of the few slot canyons in the area.
In the area: Lake Powell
Next Stop: Grand Canyon – Travel Time: 2 hours
7. Grand Canyon National Park. coast coast roadtrip.
The 15th oldest National park in the USA, the Grand Canyon is both one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Canyon is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide and 1 mile (1.6km) deep. Described by some as simply ‘a hole in the ground’ it is most definitely something to see. USA Roadtrip. USA Road Trip.
Highlights: Skywalk, Helicopter Rides, Park Orientation Film @ Visitor Center, Rafting
Next Stop: Monument Valley – Travel Time: 3 hours
Want to know more? Read all about the Grand Canyon National Park and Unesco Heritage site
8. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. USA road trip.
Described as on of the most majestic and most photographed points on the planet, the tranquility that surrounds you whilst standing on Navajo hallowed ground is something that words cannot describe. USA Road Trip. Coast Coast Roadtrip.
You are able to make your own way around some on the main monuments on the self-guided scenic drive – but don’t. Take a guided tour and learn what the land means to its traditional owners and the significance that the formations have for the Navajo people. If you’re lucky, you’ll be taken to a Hogan – a traditional Navajo home, built in harmony with the land and that represents the universe and all things in it.
Highlights: Make you stay overnight – the sunset and dusk photography opportunities are amazing! And make sure you stop on on your way out for the iconic snap of the road from ‘Forest Gump’. USA Roadtrip. USA Road Trip. Coast Coast Roadtrip
Next Stop: Santa Fe – Travel Time: 6-6.5 hours…
So there you have it, the first week of my three week roadtrip across the USA. What do you think of my route so far? Please let me know if I have missed any of your favorite destinations – I’d love to hear from you and share your recommendations with my readers.
And don’t forget to join me next week for Roadtrip USA – Coast to Coast in 3-4 Weeks: Part 2 as I continue south and travel through New Mexico, Texas & Louisiana.
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