Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness. ~Ray Bradbury
Foothills of El Paso’s (TX) Franklin Mountains via spysgrandson (all rights reserved)
Thank you so much readers, for the suggestions of where to visit as part of a cross country road trip from NYC to LA. In my last post, many seasoned travelers highly recommended Utah as a place to see. As much as I’d love to stop here, I know spending 1-2 days wouldn’t do the state justice; it’s worthy of a lengthy trip in the near future.
Moonrise over Washington DC via pentaxforums.com
I am in unison with Bradbury in the sentiment that there’s beauty in venturing, uninhibited, into the unknown. But just as his words read, that’s half the fun. The other half, in my opinion, is influenced by the trip’s framework; there’s comfort in setting (loose) parameters. Wandering about aimlessly under time restrictions – a little over a week across 3,500 miles – promises a whole other set of challenges.
THE (loose) PARAMETERS
Keeping in mind that visiting New Orleans is a must, I’ve drafted an itinerary that traces a southerly route of the US. The list includes cities that I have never been to before (the Washington DC and Sedona drive-thrus don’t count). If you can advise, I’d love your thoughts on what to see/do, and where to eat/play.
Cafe du Monde, New Orleans ~ via myneworleans.com
I’ve done some preliminary research but am also looking for the not-so-seen, and hungry for local knowledge. I want to know what lies under the skin of place; I want to take in the smells of fresh produce markets, bite into a deep fried beignet, feast my eyes on centuries old architecture and innovative design, be immersed in nature’s stillness. Most importantly, I want to see how people live.
While I’ll certainly be documenting the details, a head start never hurts.
PROPOSED ITINERARY: NEW YORK TO LOS ANGELES
Brooklyn, New York > Washington, DC > Charleston, South Carolina > Savannah, Georgia (brief stop) > Tallahassee, Florida > New Orleans, Louisiana > San Antonio, Texas > El Paso, Texas > Sedona, Arizona (2 days) > Los Angeles, California
*Thinking of adding in Raleigh, NC between DC and Charleston as a stop. Not only will it give us more time, but I am reading wonderful things about this city.
Sedona, Arizona via prx.org
ADVICE NEEDED ON MUST SEES
What are your favourite DC monuments? Can you recommend a noteworthy restaurant or bar in this great city?
Any recommendations re: where to feast on good Creole cuisine while in New Orleans? What about jazz clubs?
What are the Charleston essentials – sights, shops, cafes, neighbourhoods?
Know of a part of Savannah where one can linger for a couple of hours?
What do you love about Sedona?
What’s hot in Raleigh? The City of Oaks has me intrigued.
What about El Paso and Tallahassee; have you been to these cities? I’ve read that Tallahassee has an abundance of seafood – know of an oyster shack?
Look forward to tips, thoughts, and suggestions on anything, or all, of the above.
Avenue of Oaks in Charleston, South Carolina via davidallenphotography.com