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hello i am a single female traveling alone for the 1st time to the USA. i ould like to...

hello i am a single female traveling alone for the 1st time to the USA. i ould like to have a road trip btween East cost (NY) and west coast (LA)for 30 days, what is the best mode of transportation to take (caravan, car+ hotel,train, ..)? and what is the most economical one? considering that i want the most scenic routes with the real american experience? :)
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     asked this on June 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM
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Amtrak is very expensive. I would recommend renting a car. Since you are alone, you can get an eco car from Budget rent a car for super cheap. You can drop it off at a different location. Gas in America is much cheaper than Europe. It ranges around 3-4 US dollars per gallon.

If you want a genuine American experience stay away from the big cities. Locals are very friendly. City people are generally rude and in a hurry. There are so many routes you could take. I would recommend seeing Florida's white sand beaches on the Gulf coast, Tennessee, Colorado Rocky Mountains (Particularly the west area of Colorado from Durango to Ouray on US hwy 550, also known as the million dollar highway), California's Giant Sequoia trees. Get a National Park Pass and look at all the national parks. Then visit the ones that interest you. Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are also gorgeous.

Personally I would avoid Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Ugh.
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If you have the time - I would recommend using AmTrak - that way you can design a trip where you get off in a destination for a day or two, then can hop on a train a day or two later. AmTrak leaves NYC then you could ride south to Washington DC, spend a couple of days, then hop back on and stop in Philadelphia, then on to Chicago, west to Denver, then on west to California. Some of the most scenic country is west of Denver and there you get to see streams and mountain valleys, that are even difficult to reach by car. Again, in california, I would then look at renting a car and driving from San Francisco to San Diego and back. Rentals in U.S. get pricey if you drive one way and drop the car so I would plan on a round trip when renting an auto. Good luck.
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