USA road trip kicks off tomorrow!

USA road trip kicks off tomorrow!

Every time I book another international flight, I feel a bit guilty about how little I’ve seen of my own country. I’ve visited the capitals of 16 other countries, but not once I have stepped foot in Washington DC. I’ve been awestruck by the stunning Plitvice Lakes, the ethereal Halong Bay, the Swedish archipelago, but I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon.

Christine Amorose in an American flag shirt at Stagecoach

One of the items on my pre-marriage bucket list, a cross-country road trip is the ultimate way to see America. Despite not owning a car, an aversion to humidity and a quickly draining bank account, I’ll be kicking off a three-week road trip from Las Vegas to New York with an Australian girlfriend tomorrow. Oh, and did I mention that I don’t like driving?

However, I fully believe in taking advantage of the opportunities the universe gives to you. Renee has a round-the-world ticket that lands in San Francisco and leaves from New York City, and she even took care of searching for cheap car hire. We’ve road-tripped together before: the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and down to beautiful Margaret River from Perth.

Christine Amorose and Renee Eggers in Busselton, Western Australia

It’s sure to be an adventure: Renee is a night owl who loves to dance, I refuse to close the blinds so that I can wake up with natural sunlight. I’m looking forward to giving Renee her first real dose of American culture–and I’m looking forward to seeing the country beyond the West Coast.

I’m most looking forward to eating myself silly in New Orleans, listening to live music in Austin, soaking up the charms of the South in Savannah and Charleston—and of course, seeing the Grand Canyon and exploring my nation’s capital city.

We have an itinerary to keep us on track–accommodation has been booked, but not much beyond that. As always, we’re open to suggestions.

To track my trip in real time, make sure you’re following me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The rest of July will be covering Europe, but August will be all USA 🙂

  • sian_richardson

    Awesome! Have a rad time! 
    I’ve been looking at doing a working hol in Canada sometime, so while I’m there I might venture into the states for a few roadies here and there. 
    Can’t wait to see what you get up to! 

  • How exciting!! I think you’re insane for choosing the middle of summer to go to the hottest places in the US, but still, yay! I have restaurant recommendations, if you’re going to be in Baltimore, DC, and of course for NY, depending on what kind of food you like. 🙂

    ps- don’t forget the update on Macon, GA! 

  • Caroline

    Can’t wait to show you Charleston! Email me when you know your details like where you’re staying and when you’re arriving.

  • Wild Wings in Charleston, SC is worth checking out!

  • Ah, I’m so excited for you! My solo cross-country road trip still is still at the top of my “Thank God for Travel” list! I too had a loose itinerary of where I would stay and when but the best adventures are often had by chance. Oh my gosh, you are going to have such a good time. And I don’t doubt that you’ll enjoy New Orleans more than I was able. I loved it, but it’s one of those places you need to be with at least one other fun friend 🙂 bon chance!

  • Can’t wait to see  how it goes.  I did a 10-day trip in May, but there are many other American road trips I’d like to do.  I am sure I am going to enjoy your experiences!

  • I feel the same way. Planning my own cross country trip when I get back. 🙂

  • We just did the trip from San Diego to Florida. Austin and New Orleans were my favorite. There is a good/cheap hostel in New Orleans that is about a 15 minute walk to the main streets. It’s in the garden district. “Bourbon House”

  • jan

    Marty and I (Aussies)  have travelled a fair bit around the world but have not yet seen Uluru.  The temptation to leave your own Country till last is universal.  As you know it is common for Aussies to travel around Australia when they retire.  You are only young and USA is huge.  You have lots of time to explore it!  I look forward to following your road trip.

  • Mike

    Christine –

    If you swing thru FLG stop at the main library and ask for Mike the IT guy ( not Michael the IT guy).

    Big fan of your blog and would love to say hello if I’m available.

  • Riz

    can’t wait to read your USA trip! 🙂 love that USA top!

  • Yee haw! GO Amurricuh! You’ll have SO much fun, what an epic trip. Definitely something I want to do in my lifetime, also. Can’t wait to see pictures from New Orleans & Savannah- I’ve always wanted to go to both. And don’t forget to buckle up.. haha

  • camorose

    The USA and Canada are both awesome spots for a road trip–although I must say, the Nullarbor is still one of my favorite stretches of road anywhere!

  • camorose

    So far it’s done nothing but rain outside of Vegas! Would love any restaurant recs for NYC–shoot me an email 🙂 And OF COURSE there shall be a massive update on Macon–just sad that my letters wouldn’t fit in my bag!

  • camorose

    Absolutely! Shooting you an email this week!

  • camorose

    Yay thanks!

  • camorose

    Yay thanks for the rec!

  • camorose

    I’m just worried we’ll already be too full from Austin to fully enjoy NO! Stoked to see a bit more, good times to come!

  • camorose

    It’s gorgeous so far–we do an excellent job of neglecting our own country!

  • camorose

    It’s a massive undertaking but there are some awesome things to be seen!

  • camorose

    So stoked for Austin and New Orleans–definitely at the top of my list for places I want to eat in!

  • camorose

    I’m traveling with an Australian and I’ve seen more of it than she has–like you said, she’s waiting until she’s a “gray nomad” to drive across the Nullarbor and such. I’m very glad that I’m starting to explore when I’m young!

  • camorose

    We actually just passed through Flagstaff–shame I missed this! Thanks so much for reading, much appreciated 🙂

  • camorose

    Haha isn’t that a find? So perfect for 4th of July!

  • camorose

    Haha the way my friend drives–there’s no question about buckling up!

  • Sounds awesome. I’m thinking of doing the same at some point. Let me know if you need any recs for SF.

  • camorose

    It’s only been a week, but it’s been really fun so far! Loved Santa Fe–heading to Amarillo this morning!

  • Have a blast! I hope you guys get a chance to eat at some of the places I recommended in NOLA! 🙂 

  • camorose

    We have SO many food recs for NO–I have no idea how we’re going to choose 🙂

  • Kevin Kirtlan

    Best of Luck. This is something I’ve already started to plan myself. Charlston, SC I hear is an amzing city.

  • camorose

    Loved Charleston! All of the South was really neat to explore, SO different from California!

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