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Road trip from NYC to LA....Any MUST SEE'S to recommend???

I am about to check off a big Bucket List item...One of my dearest friends and I are going to drive her brand new Tesla across the USA..we will be starting in NYC and heading back to LA....we are planning the route now...(of course..all depends on the weather and charging stations...)

But...wondered if any of you fellow adventurers have made the trip and have any recommendations or MUST SEE'S along the way!   Would love to determine our route based upon the best things to see....We plan on spending about 7-10 days making the trip.  Thanks!!

5 Answers

top answer by
Jillian from Los Angeles

Hi Marla!

Hope you are well :) I've done the drive from Chicago to Los Angeles, so I can help you out from there or if you decide to stop in Chicago! At this time of year, you probably want to head south to avoid any potential snow. Check out my Route 66 Trippy question with some awesome answers!

Also, here's the route I took with the must stops:

Chicago: Grab a slice at Pequod's Pizza to try their caramelized pizza crust and take a selfie at The Bean(the bean). Since I'm from Chicago, happy to help with any specifics!

Kansas City (Kansas): Must eat BBQ. Go for Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering the location in the gas station is best.

Boulder: hike the Flatirons, walk Pearl St and eat a delicious seafood meal at Jax Fish House Boulder

Moab - Utah for Arches National Park. It's beautiful and definitely worth it. Make sure to eat a nice breakfast Jailhouse Cafe. It's so cute and delicious!Phoenix to make your way to Grand Canyon National Park. Unfortunately it was raining so we didn't get to go, but you should definitely make it there. 

Seligman Arizona is the historic birthplace of Route 66, and make sure to take that route! Roll down the windows, let your hair down and take it all in before making your way into L.A.!

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions :) 

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  2. Pequod's Pizza (restaurant)
  3. The Bean (attraction)
  4. Kansas City (Kansas) (attraction)
  5. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering (restaurant)
  6. Boulder (city)
  7. Flatirons (attraction)
  8. Pearl St (attraction)
  9. Jax Fish House Boulder (restaurant)
  10. Moab (city)
  11. Arches National Park (park)
  12. Jailhouse Cafe (restaurant)
  13. Phoenix (city)
  14. Grand Canyon National Park (park)
  15. Seligman (city)
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answered by
Ema from Los Angeles

Did the LA to Chicago and further 7 hours past Chi-Town headed further east. I wished I could me more of help on spots to check out. But my trip was a solo drive so I hardly made any stop.

But here is my 2 cents: Not a fun drive if closer to winter time (Hint: weather conditions going past the Utah et al). Also be on look out for the CO police. They give ticket just knowing your license plate is out of town, literally.

Other than that, Tesla is a beast of a car and a smooth one. I have not done a long trip with it yet! Have a blast and welcome to LA!

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  1. Utah (attraction)
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answered by
Polly from Washington, DC

Hi Marla - you guys are going to have so much fun! Here's a map I made of some points of interest that I've either visited or want to visit between NYC and San Francisco. You can see which ones might be of interest to you. Most would be do-able if you were shooting for LA as well.

If you're going during the colder months, I think a southern road trip would be wonderful as well. I've added a few pins in the south as well, as I feel like New Orleans is a great city to hit up on a road trip. Austin or San Antonio, Savannah, and Seaside (Florida) would be worth a stop as well.

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  4. Savannah (city)
  5. Seaside (Florida) (city)
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answered by
Michael from New York City

If you decide to take the southern route as you depart from NYC, you might want to check out Washington, DC.  Keeping on the southwestern trajectory, then you might also think about Nashville.   Then continue west to Memphis and check out Graceland and Sun Studio. It really depends what you are in to in order to determine "must see".

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  2. Nashville (city)
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  4. Sun Studio (attraction)
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answered by
Eric from Fremont, California

I recommend Hyatt Regency Tulsa

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