A cross country road trip is something we all have probably thought about once in our lifetime. The idea of hitting the open road and stopping in all kinds of different cities seems like a dream. So, when I found out I would be relocating to Los Angeles it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to make a dream of mine a reality. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.
I hit the road for a two week long road trip staring in New York City and ending in Los Angeles. Choosing to take the southern route meant the obvious stops in all the great southern cities that America has to offer. Leaving New York was surreal after living there for about five years, but I was excited for change, and more excited for the experiences I would have on my journey to Los Angeles.
The route I took is below with photos and some details for the stops.
Where to stay:
The Artmore Hotel
My best advice for completing a cross country road trip are:
– Choose your cities before hand!
Don’t limit yourself to try and complete the trip fast. It will be a better experience if you give yourself time to get to destinations and enjoy the cities instead of rushing to get to the finish line. Give yourself at least two nights in each stop. Find cool and unique hotels, restaurants, and attractions to make this trip an experience of a lifetime!
– Do not over commit your driving!
I made the mistake of thinking I could drive twelve to thirteen hours at a time and that it would be no problem. It became very hard and exhausting to try and commit to driving legs that were over eight hours long. I would add about an hour or two for stops and bathroom breaks. Looking back I would have made each leg around six to eight hours at a time for opportunities to stop at fun things along the way.
– Playlist or Podcast!
Find a few good long playlists on Spotify to keep you awake and feeling good on the road. A good way to pass the time is to listen to podcasts. They are usually around an hour and a half long and make the time fly by. One of my favorite podcasts is, The Read and it is available for free on Spotify.
– Take the country roads!
Check on the map before you start each leg of driving. There are plenty of scenic routes available that won’t add on much time at all. They are well worth the added time and will make for some of the best photos and views along the way. BUT, make sure you stop for gas before hitting the back roads! I found it best to fill up anytime I got close to a quarter of a tank of gas.
– Pack food and drinks!
You will get over the gas station and fast food options very fast, so I found it best to grab a box of my favorite protein bars, some apples, granola, rice cakes, and a bunch of options for drinks along the way. They make easy food options that won’t make you feel like crap for the rest of your drive.
Find your destinations and take a trip of a lifetime! There is so much to see in this world!