Roadtrip USA – Coast to Coast in 3-4 Weeks

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Santa Monica: 34.019454, -118.491191
Los Angeles: 34.052234, -118.243685
Las Vegas: 36.169941, -115.139830
Zion National Park: 37.298202, -113.026300
Grand Canyon: 36.106965, -112.112997
Monument Valley: 36.997865, -110.098567
Horseshoe Bend: 36.880054, -111.510270
Antelope Canyon: 36.861910, -111.374330
Santa Fe: 35.686975, -105.937799
Roswell: 33.394266, -104.523024
Carlsbad Caverns: 32.147855, -104.556714
Luckenbach: 30.181505, -98.755760
San Antonio: 29.424122, -98.493628
Austin: 30.267153, -97.743061
Sam Housten Jones State Park: 30.300346, -93.263756
New Orleans: 29.951066, -90.071532
Graceland: 35.047691, -90.026049
Memphis: 35.149534, -90.048980
Nashville: 36.162664, -86.781602
George Washington & Jefferson State Forest: 37.625165, -79.513024
Washington DC: 38.907192, -77.036871
Philadelphia: 39.952584, -75.165222
New York: 40.712784, -74.005941

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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.ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Parkย  usa roadtrip.

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Roadtrip USA Santa Monica

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)

Roadtrip USA Venice Beach

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

Roadtrip USA Hollywood

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.

Highlights: Hollywood/The Hollywood Hills Sign, Chinese Theater, Take a Beverley Hills Tour, Rodeo Drive, Walk of Fame, The Original Farmers Market USA Road Trip. USA Roadtrip.

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In the area: Guitar Center Rockwalk, Staples Center, Disneyland, Universal Studios, La Brea Tar Pits, Griffin Park & Observatory

Related: if your a fan of La Brea Tar Pits you could always go Hunting Mammoths in Florida!ย  USA Roadtrip

Next Stop: Las Vegas – Travel Time: 4-4.5 hours

 

3. Las Vegas. coast coast roadtrip. usa roadtrip.

Roadtrip USA Las Vegas

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.

Highlights: Everything!! Las Vegas Sign, The Strip, The Stratosphere Adrenalin Rides, Freemont Street Experience, Bellagio Fountains, The Gun StoreRoadtrip USA

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.

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Next Stop: Zion National Park – Travel Time: 2.5 – 3 hours USA Roadtrip

 

4. Zion National Park. USA Road Trip. USA Roadtrip.

Roadtrip USA Zion National Park

The first national/state park on this roadtrip, Zion is alsoย  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

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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

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5 & 6: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon. USA Roadtrip

Roadtrip USA Horseshoe

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 Riverย  (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.

Roadtrip USA Antelope

In the area: Lake Powell

Next Stop: Grand Canyon – Travel Time: 2 hours

 

7. Grand Canyon National Park. coast coast roadtrip.

Roadtrip USA Grand Canyon

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

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8. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. USA road trip.

Roadtrip USA Monument

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.

Roadtrip USA Monument Valley

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

Roadtrip USA Monument Forest Gump

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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14 thoughts on “Roadtrip USA – Coast to Coast in 3-4 Weeks

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Elaine, thank you for checking out my route! I wanted to put something out there that wasn’t the usual route 66. Your trip sounds amazing, there are so many beautiful national parks. Yosemite is definitely on my list but you are right – there really is so much more to see! Happy Travels ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Vicki says:

      Thank you for stopping by Corinne – its great that you’ll be able to incorporate Horseshoe Bend in your next trip – its just beautiful. If you have the time try and be there for sunrise or sunset – the colors are just spectacular! Happy Travels ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. [email protected](.net) says:

    That is epic! Having grown up in that region, I can go on and on about other worthy sites – from giant Redwoods in California to the London Bridge (in Arizona!?!), the Mojave Desert, White Sands…the list goes on. Trouble is, you’d end up with a very twisty route and spend the whole three weeks without getting to Texas! Good stops so far…Can’t wait to read the rest of the adventure! #WeekendWanderlust

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    • Vicki says:

      Hi Rob! Glad you like the route so far. It’s nice to hear from a native that I’ve picked out some good spots!
      I’ve never heard of London Bridge in Arizona though – i’ll definitely have to look that one up! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the route. Happy Travel ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Vicki says:

      Hi Kaylene, glad you like the look of the roadtrip – it really was amazing! And if you have done the first three you have effectively already started!
      Happy Travels ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Jimmy and Tina says:

    Santa Monica is a great place to start! I do love it there! What a fun trip and looking forward to reading the rest of the parts as you make your way across the west coast to the east coast. I have yet to see Antelope Canyon but looking forward to it some day!

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