Hey guys, I'm 24 from the UK. I've been planning a long trip to the states for a while, but cannot quite decide on where to go. I kinda want to avoid destinations with loads of tourists, but don't want to end up in the wilderness.
I was thinking about renting a car and starting in Texas then just driving across states, kind of winging it but, I know that's probably not the best plans.
I would like a bit of night life, but not too fussed. If you have any tips or advice I would be grateful
Welcome to Travelblog! The United States is made for road trips, and many bloggers have done them over the years. Read blogs from different areas and see what looks interesting. Avoiding tourists but no wilderness means midsize and small towns. These can be very fun and often have quirky sights that few ever see. There are directories of sites online. I'd look at big cities too, even with the tourist crowds. They almost always have neighborhoods and attractions that few experience.
Winging it on a road trip can be one of the best ways to do it, provided you prepare properly. Outside the busy summer season its relatively easy to find last-minute accommodations in most of the country. In very small towns, however, reserve in advance. Bring something that can access wifi so you can research on the road.
Lastly, if you like scenery and your budget can handle it, consider renting a convertible for the trip. The unobstructed views will be well worth the cost.
I made two journeys to Northern America. Both were great.
1. A one month bus trip with Greyhound and sleeping in busses every 3rd night. Only recommended for hardcore travellers. The itinerary was like that:
New York - Washington - Atlanta - New Orleans - San Antonio - Phoenix - San Francisco - Seattle - Bozeman as stopover - Minneapolis - Toronto - New York
2. A tree week trip in ine North East with a rental car:
New York - Boston - Quebec - Montreal - Niagara Falls - Pittsburgh - Baltimore - Philadelphia - New York
Currently I plan another trip from Los Angelos to Vancouver covering all sights in between. Maybe 3 or 4 weeks long with another rental car.
Welcome to Travel Blog. Sounds like you are planning a great trip.
Everyone goes to NYC -Vegas and LA. Glad you are thinking of other locations.
For a bit of nightlife, music and interesting cities. Try Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans.
Renting a convertible is not a budget option. Also being under 25 car rentals will cost you more.
Denver is a great city with nature nearby if you decide you want it.