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Old August 16th, 2013, 06:31 PM posted to
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Default USA December trip recommendations?

Terry Pinnell wrote:

Thanks all but I obviously made a crucial mistake in my wording, sorry! By
"Those included..." I meant my PREVIOUS TRIPS, not places I'd missed. In
other words a list of places I DON'T want to visit on this next trip. And
also indicating the sort of places I've enjoyed in the past.

Well, that certainly changes things, doesn't it?. ;-)

Okay. Go crazy. Go to Hawaii! Find a three island, 10 day package. I
suggest Oahu, Maui, The Big Island. Or book a 7 or 10 cruise to the
Eastern Caribbean out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Or maybe a cruise
from Miami to LA through the Panama Canal? Or get out the old guide
book and see what just Southern California from Santa Barbara to San
Diego has to offer. At least, go to Disneyland. Everyone should visit
it at least once in their life just to put on the resume.


Thanks, but that's some way off my tentative ideas as described! No
thoughts on itinerary to reach San Diego by car from the east?

Okay. But you must realize the United States is BIG, even the shortest,
most direct crosscountry routes are 2600 to 2800 miles (4000+ km). It
will take you about 4 days and 3 nights, and that's going 80 mph (130
kmph), stopping only for gas, food and sleep. I know. I've done it
3 times by 3 different routes--northern, central and southern. In any
case, if you really want to drive across country in December, here is
my recommendation: take the extreme southern route, Interstate 10,
for the best possible weather. Once you get past Tucson, Arizona, get
on Interstate 8 and that will take you directly to San Diego.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.


Thanks Stef. I'll get the maps out and plan a suitable route from a
location roughly east of San Diego that will allow comfortable driving
distance of say 250 miles max and interesting stops with 1 or even 2
nights if local sights justify it.

OK. For a 10 day trip, driving 250 miles only, every other day, that
puts you about 1250 miles east of San Diego as a starting point or San
Antonio, Texas. Unfortunately, most all of that 1250 miles is miles
and miles of miles and miles: empty Desert Southwest. Not much to see
using your 250 mile spacing.

If I decide on New Orleans as destination #1 then I'll fly to destination
#2, and that will obviously then be a little further west to allow for the
couple of days less driving time.

If fly-drive is an option, here's my suggestion: concentrate on the
southern east coast-midwest area of the US. Driving, start in Savannah,
Georgia to St. Augustine, Florida, then west on Interstate 10 across
the Gulf Coast to New Orleans, onto Houston and finally terminate your
driving tour in San Antonio. That's still about 1250 miles, but
there's a lot more to see and do along that route than the western

Fly to San Diego from San Antonio.