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    Do the Coast to Coast USA is one of the most frequent dreams of visitors to the New World: crossing the United States on a road trip from one ocean to another is in fact an adventure full of charm and suggestion.

    However organize a coast to coast tour it may not be easy: first of all you need to know the main roads of America, plan a route detailed, choose the stops in which to stop, think about the most suitable season and book everything you need first.

    Do you need a tested and ready-to-use itinerary for your itinerary? Take a look at our ebooks American Dream Routes, available on computer, tablet and smartphone, and complete with day by day itinerary, interactive maps, suggestions on where to stay and much more!

    But there is no need to be scared ... with the right tips plan a coast to coast it will be easier than expected!


    • The main American roads to cross the USA from coast to coast
      • 1. Lincoln Highway
      • 2. Route 66
    • The most popular itineraries
      • From Los Angeles to New York, crossing the South of the United States of America
      • From New York to San Francisco passing through the Appalachians, Route 66 and the great parks of the West
      • From San Francisco to New York through the Northern States
    • Other less common itineraries
      • Da Seattle a Miami – Old trail to the beach
      • Da Seattle all’Acadia National Park – The Great Northern
      • From Savannah to San Diego – The Souther Pacific
    • The best season for a coast to coast USA
    • How many days does it take?
    • What to book before leaving for a coast to coast?
      • Booking air flights
      • Noleggio auto
      • .
      • Health insurance
    • Required documents
    • How much does a coast to coast cost?
    • Tour Coast to Coast

    The main American roads to cross the USA from coast to coast

    You don't have to become an expert on the American road system (which is quite challenging by the way), but at least have an idea of ​​the main routes, in order to move more easily in the planning phase.

    There are several roads in the USA, but to make a trip from one coast to another the most traveled are 2, and these are not normal roads, but 2 real symbols of theon the road americano:

    1. Lincoln Highway

    The Lincoln, built between 1913 and 1925, was the first Highway that, unifying New York with San Francisco, gave everyone the opportunity to undertake a road trip from one ocean to another. A historical road then, which over the years has undergone various deviations and changes, and to which the Americans are very attached (so much so as to create an association that preserves its history and conditions).

    A few more historical hints?

    We owe the idea and the realization of this important American road to the entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, born in Indiana in 1874 and also famous for having created the Miami Beach urban project and founded theIndianapolis Motor Speedway. Quite different from the speed circuit was the Lincoln Highway project, which required the road to wind for 5454 km from Times Square in New York to the homonymous Lincoln Park in San Francisco, on the opposite coast. This length was then reduced thanks to some alignments and adjustments that reduced the length to 5057 km, thus determining the fastest possible route to go from one ocean to another along the United States.

    The Lincoln Highway originally touched the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California. Two years after its foundation, the detour involving the Colorado Loop was cut, but a stretch of Virginia was added to the route. The project was welcomed with great enthusiasm by public opinion, who soon called the Lincoln Highway "The Main Street Across America", underlining its popular character: obviously the benefits that the construction of the road brought with it were also of an economic nature. , and both the cities and the towns that were along the route benefited from it. The federal government, noting this enthusiasm and the real usefulness of the project, encouraged and financially supported the construction of this and other roads starting from the XNUMXs, also giving rise to the Interstate Highway System.

    Today the Lincoln Highway route has merged almost entirely into the Interstate 80.

    The Lincoln Highway route

    The Lincoln Highway crosses the entire United States centrally, touching (among many stops) New York, Princeton, Gettysburg, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Omaha, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and San Francisco. It will be enough for you to walk it from start to finish to be able to shout to the world: "I did the coast to coast! " But this is not the only reason for interest. Since Fisher and all those involved in the construction of the road had no interest in building a scenic road but simply as short as possible, trying to follow this road faithfully you will also encounter small and less touristy villages and towns that perhaps they can give a more concrete idea of ​​"authentic" America. The most common on the road itineraries in the USA hardly cross states such as Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska ...

    2. Route 66

    Although it is not really a coast to coast, in the American collective imagination and not just the historical one Route 66 it is decidedly more suggestive than Lincoln, so much so that it is perhaps the only US road that has managed to lead to myth, filling films, books and music records with its own name. In fact, to date, there are many people who, due to its particular charm and fame, try to include in their itinerary on the road in USA at least a stretch of this road. Usually, the section in question is the one that goes from Williams to Santa Monica, because the segment of Route 66 in Arizona and California is perfectly compatible with the classic park tour.

    However, it is by no means unusual for on the road lovers to decide to travel it all, from Chicago to the famous Santa Monica Pier. Because? To see with your own eyes the unlikely neon signs, the bizarre clubs and the nostalgic drive-ins that follow one another on this mythical road traced in 1926. This experience transforms the journey into a sort of nostalgic road trip into the American past (by the way: here are some recommended stops for a Route 66 trip).

    As anticipated, the street has been renamed Mother road, does not go from coast to coast but still covers ¾ of America horizontally and is well connected to the Lincoln which, if you wish, you can take to conclude the journey in the East section (up to New York), since on the itinerary it is located own Chicago.

    The Route 66 route

    Route 66 connects Chicago to Los Angeles through various stages, including two Springfields (one in Illinois and one in Missouri), St. Louis, Tulsa, Pontiac, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Santa Fe (but it is a detour on a secondary circuit), Flagstaff, Kingman and, of course, Los Angeles. One of the most fascinating characteristics of Route 66 is its resilience, thanks to which it tries to withstand the passing of time: in fact, modern Interstates are faster and more direct and in some cases have condemned the ancient competitor to disuse, if not really. to disappearance.

    So, as you can imagine, it is not at all easy to follow the itinerary along its original path: for this reason we have decided to create a ebook that helps in the organization of a 13-day road trip, with an interactive map and a detailed day by day itinerary, state by state, with intermediate stops, stages of the journey, advice on where to sleep and travel times.

    Route 66 in 13 days: On the Road on Mother Road

    The most popular itineraries

    Obviously, each coast to coast can be customized to the maximum, with practically infinite detours and routes. However, when planning, you may find it useful to know the main possible itineraries (which in the future we will deepen with dedicated articles and with respective recommended stages).

    Here they are (keep in mind that each road trip can be reversed):

    From Los Angeles to New York, crossing the South of the United States of America

    This coast to coast itinerary is one of the most popular, so much so that, as we will say shortly, it is often proposed by travel agencies that offer road trips of this type, since it offers a very varied idea of ​​the vast American territory. To be fully enjoyed without feeling too much fatigue from moving around and visiting parks and cities, this type of route would require from 24 to 28 working days,, but who has a month available will undoubtedly benefit.

    The itinerary touches at its ends the two main metropolises of the American coasts: Los Angeles and New York. Let's try to briefly describe the journey from west to east: after meeting some classic stages of road trips in the West such as Las Vegas (Nevada), Grand Canyon (Arizona), Monument Valley (Utah), the journey continues in New Mexico and Texas following Route 66, with a stop in Sante Fe and Amarillo, a town after which the route changes radically. The route now winds through the southern United States: on the road they meet San Antonio and Austin (Texas), then Lafayette and New Orleans (Louisiana), the US music capitals Memphis and Nashville (Tennessee). Finally, cross the Smoky Mountains (Tennessee) and along the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooking the panorama of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, you reach the cities of Washington DC and New York.

    Here's how you might divide the days of this itinerary

    Days 1-2

    Los Angeles it requires at least a couple of days to be visited in its most interesting areas, but a month would not be enough to see it all. Since the days available to reach the other ocean are not infinite, you can calculate the minimum measure of days (2 in fact!) And then set off.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Los Angeles

    Day 3

    The trip gives Los Angeles to Vegas it's not long, but the road that winds through the desert of California and Nevada and meets bizarre attractions and ghost towns that can be explored. On the stretch of road that goes from Santa Monica to Barstow, you can also decide to follow Route 66 in its Californian stretch.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Las Vegas

    Day 4

    In this type of itinerary, a visit to Las Vegas deserves no more than a day. However, you certainly shouldn't miss its crazy night, when the lights and the hotels and attractions of the Strip go crazy and the city shows its irresistible side.

    Day 5

    Il Grand Canyon, national park symbol of the West, is very large, but in this case the choice is only between two sides: the West Rim and the South Rim. The closest to Las Vegas is the West Rim but the South Rim (the most famous one) is not to be excluded as it is perfectly compatible with the itinerary to the next stop along the US-160 E ...

    Our tips on where to sleep in the Grand Canyon

    Day 6

    In fact, the Monument Valley, another icon of the west, a perhaps indispensable stop on a trip that includes a passage in Arizona. Distances from the Grand Canyon are relatively short, but at least 3 hours should be devoted to the Valley Drive tour.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Monument Valley

    Day 7

    Following this obligatory drive north, you need to go back on the right direction and get back on your way west to reach Route 66. From Kayenta you can reach Santa Fe via Farmington-Shiprock-Los Alamos, choosing one of the natural beauties to see in New Mexico to break the long journey.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Santa Fe

    Day 8

    After this on the road we arrive at Santa Fe, the Hispanic heart of the United States and the capital of New Mexico. The Old Town, the churches and the neighborhoods with adobe houses are worth a nice visit: help yourself with our article what to see in Santa Fe.

    Day 9

    After Santa Fe continue to Texas, destination Yellow, along an itinerary that can be enriched by the attractions found on Route 66 in New Mexico and Texas. How not to mention the famous Cadillac Ranch, an iconic and fundamental stop on the Mother Road?

    Recommended hotel in Amarillo

    Days 10-11

    From Amarillo we head decisively towards the south: after an intermediate overnight stay to break the long journey, we reach it San Antonio, a city that deserves some attention if only for the presence of an important historical testimony such as Fort Alamo.

    Our tips on where to sleep in San Antonio

    Day 12

    After San Antonio there are another 300 km to do, before arriving at Houston, the second major Texan city of this coast to coast. You can decide to spend the rest of the day exploring the city by following our targeted advice on Houston attractions.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Houston

    Day 13

    Traveling from Houston to New Orleans in the heart of Cajun Country, you enter the Louisiana, plunging deeper and deeper into the south, between swampy areas and historic plantations. Before arriving at your destination it is worth making an intermediate stop a Lafayette, to see its reconstructed historic villages and get into the atmosphere of the region.

    Our tips on where to sleep in New Orleans

    Days 14-15

    The particular city of New Orleans deserves a two day stay. Not only will you be able to see the French Quarter and the places where jazz was born: the article what to see in New Orleans will be a nice support to organize the visit. On the fifteenth day, perhaps in the second afternoon, it is worth leaving to get a little closer to the next stop to reduce the mileage.

    Day 16

    Back on the road! To cover the distance from New Orleans to Memphis there are various possibilities. If you want to grind for miles, you can also insert stops along Blues Highway 61, to rediscover the ancient roots of African American music.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Memphis

    Day 17

    Before moving to Nashville, it is advisable to dedicate a few hours of the day to visit of Memphis which, thanks to the presence of Graceland, is tied in a double knot to the story of Elvis Presley.

    Day 18

    You should have entered the Tennessee vibe by now! Well then don't resist the irresistible spirit of N, the “Music City”, the capital of the country and beyond. Spend a full day in the city and enjoy the evening among the clubs playing live music.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Nashville

    Day 19

    From Tennessee we move to North Carolina on our way to Virginia. A part of the coast to coast is approaching in the name of natural landscapes: before arriving in Asheville, take the Newfound Gap Road, the road that crosses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    All accommodations available in Asheville

    Days 20-21

    From Asheville up to the Roanoke / Staunton area you travel along long stretches of the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway, you meet the Chimney Rock State Park (frame of The Last of the Mohicans) and you have the opportunity to see the fascinating mountain landscapes of Virginia, which certainly give the best of themselves with the colors of autumn.

    All accommodations available in Roanoke and Staunton

    Day 22

    The next stop is Washington: it can be reached via the Skyline Drive, a scenic drive through the forested scenery of Shenandoah National Park.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Washington

    Day 23

    The city of the White House absolutely deserves to be investigated. The visit to Washington in 1 day usually focuses on the National Mall area: in the linked article you will find an itinerary model to organize yourself.

    Day 24

    On the way from Washington to New York is Baltimore, but above all Philadelphia, one of the most historically relevant cities on the East Coast and across the United States. You can stop here and dedicate what remains of the day to it, before the trip to New York.

    Our tips on where to sleep in New York  

    Days 25-28

    A 4-day stay among the skyscrapers and other attractions of New York it is the perfect culmination of an incredible journey from one part of America to the other. However, you can also spend a few less if you run out of days at your disposal: here is the section of our site designed for those who do not know how to organize their visit to the Big Apple based on the days available.

    From New York to San Francisco passing through the Appalachians, Route 66 and the great parks of the West

    The advantages of this itinerary are many:

      • touch what for many are the 2 most interesting cities in the States (New York and San Francisco) as well as other beautiful cities on the East Coast such as Washington and Philadelphia
      • travel the legendary Route 66 from Oklahoma to New Mexico
      • take a route suitable for summer, spring and autumn (and with some small variations even for winter)
      • visit major US parks, including Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Death Valley and Sequoia National Park
      • cross the "Hispanic heart" (as well as some unknown natural pearls) of New Mexico
      • visit the towns of the South where country and rock 'n' roll were born
      • cross the scenic roads of the Appalachians (splendid especially during the autumn foliage season)

    We recommend that you dedicate at least 22 days to this trip. We have published an ebook itinerary dedicated to this itinerary, which you can access by clicking on the link below:

    Coast to Coast in 22 Days from NY to San Francisco

    From San Francisco to New York through the Northern States

    Here is another itinerary rather beaten and completely different from those illustrated so far: it is the one that unites San Francisco and New York passing through most of the most fascinating Northern states of the USA. The itinerary can last from 20 to 25 days depending on the needs. One of the main protagonists of this coast to coast is the Real America: imagining dividing the itinerary into four sections, the second - the one that goes from Yellowstone to the Iowa border - crosses Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, or 3 of the 4 states of Real America, showing the lucky traveler their most fascinating natural wonders.

    • The first stub starts from San Francisco and leads Yosemite, then passing through Tioga Road, Mono Lake, Lake Tahoe, Shoshone Falls until you arrive in Montana, in West Yellowstone, the western gate of Yellowstone park.
    • The second one, already mentioned, includes Yellowstone Park, the city of Buffalo Bill, Cody, the haunting Devils Tower, the patriotic Mount Rushmore monument, the surreal landscapes of Badlands National Park and the Rapid City area, with its natural beauty and of historical interest.
    • The third section takes place in the plains between the rural towns of Iowa up to Chicago and the Amish county of Indiana (specifically the village of Shipshewana). Then, passing along Lake Erie, it comes up to Niagara Falls, a natural masterpiece shared between the USA and Canada.
    • The fourth is conclusive takes place in the State of New York: in addition to visiting the falls and the city of the same name, you have the opportunity to visit the Finger Lakes area and, in particular, the state park of Watkins glen and the glass museum of Corning.
    Here's how you might divide the days of this itinerary

    Days 1-3

    A three-day visit is the right measure to fully enjoy the attractions of San Francisco, unique city in California known for the liveliness of its neighborhoods and for the memorability of places such as Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and much more. At the link indicated above you will find a whole range of information on how to organize a visit to the city and its surroundings.

    Our tips on where to sleep in San Francisco

    Day 4

    While we are still in California, the first national park you visit will give you an initial idea of ​​the landscapes that await you along this coast to coast. Yosemite it is the most famous park in the Sierra Nevada: its mountainous landscape made of waterfalls, redwood forests and gigantic granite peaks is the best way to start the road trip. Do not underestimate the passage on Tioga Road, considered one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the United States.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Yosemite

    Day 5

    A day to discover the beauties of Northern California: from the sci-fi Mono Lake to the ghost town of Bodie that sinks into the memories of the Gold Rush, up to the shores of Lake Tahoe, a crystal-clear body of water framed by an enchanting mountain landscape on the border with Nevada.

    Our tips on what to see and where to sleep in Lake Tahoe

    Day 6

    Given that after visiting these natural places so fascinating, a long journey awaits you in the most desolating territories of Nevada (but even this experience has its why). It is therefore worth continuing to explore Lake Tahoe in search of the most beautiful viewpoints and beaches, perhaps adding a visit to the nearby Squaw Valley. In the afternoon we begin the journey to Winnemucca, intermediate stop for overnight stay.

    All accommodations available in Winnemucca

    Day 7

    Another day of travel from Nevada to Idaho, destination Pocatello. It is better to put the address of the Shoshone Falls, near Idaho Falls: these falls are called the Niagara Falls of the West, but in reality they are even higher: in this coast to coast you can compare the two with your own eyes.

    All accommodations available in Pocatello

    Days 8-10

    From Pocatello to West Yellowstone it's about 2.3o hours, so it's best to set out early to make the most of your day. Yellowstone it is one of the most challenging parks to visit in the United States, and it will take all 2 and a half days to visit it satisfactorily. The last night it is better to sleep in Cody so as not to further burden the next stage.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Yellowstone and Cody

    Day 11

    Cody it is not a simple stage of passage, so before leaving the advice is to give the city of Buffalo Bill the attention it deserves, helping you understand what to see and what with our article dedicated to Cody. The overnight stay in view of the further stage is in Gilette.

    All available accommodations in Gilette

    Day 12

    Heading to Rapid City, it is absolutely worthwhile to make a short detour towards the incredible rock formation that became famous thanks to the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind: the Devil's Tower, more precisely Devil's Tower National Monument.

    All accommodations available in Rapid City

    Day 13

    In the vicinity of Rapid City there is the famous monument to the presidents: it would be a crime to go straight without looking at the faces engraved in the stone of the Monte Rushmore! In addition, near the national monument there are also the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Custer State Park which, having a little time available, can be worth the time of a visit. The important thing is that leaving Rapid City you take the Badlands National Park scenic drive, before resting a Mitchell or in an earlier town on I-90.

    All accommodations available in Mitchell

    Day 14

    Mitchell has a weird attraction, the Corn Palace, a Moorish palace from 1892 with a corn theme. It's worth stopping just out of curiosity before heading back to Sioux Falls and beyond Spirit Lake/Okoboji, Iowa lakeside area that deserves a restful stop with an overnight stay.

    All accommodations available in Spirit Lake

    Day 15

    Day trip through Iowa farms, fields and rural areas towards Chicago. Two ideal stops to understand the territory and the culture of these places can be the location of the famous film The field of Dreams in Dyersville and the pretty town of Galena, across the border with Illinois.

    All available accommodations in Galena

    Days 16-17

    Chicago it is a large and famous American metropolis overlooking Lake Michigan: to visit it perhaps a dedicated holiday would be needed, but during a coast to coast it is advisable to limit the days of stay to two. Before continuing east, it might be interesting to visit a part of the eastern side of the lake, where the curious Frankenmuth and Holland are also located.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Chicago

    Day 18

    After the big city of Illinois, let's go back to the lovely countryside areas of the Mid-West, and more precisely the Amish County of Indiana. The most significant village to learn about the traditions of this culture is Shipshewana, which deserves a couple of hours of your time before returning to Clevelandwhich has a good choice of hotels. It is an industrial city which recent redevelopment operations have greatly benefited. If you are not tired, you can party in the pubs of the Warehouse District and the Flats. If you arrive early in the city, it is worth a visit Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Hotel in the historic district of Cleveland

    Day 19

    Day trip from Cleveland to Niagara Falls. Along the way there are optional scenic stops on Lake Erie, such as the Almost Isle State Park, which has a lovely natural setting on the lake a stone's throw from the town of Erie itself. Here you can do an on the road and some trails if there is time. In the late afternoon I arrive at Niagara Falls and immediately enjoy the spectacle of the falls at night!

    Our tips on where to sleep in Niagara Falls

    Day 20

    A hit and run in these parts is not enough: in our opinion it is necessary to spend a good part of the day here, to see the Niagara Falls from all possible angles… even on the famous Maid of the Mist boat. In the afternoon travel to Watkins Glen for overnight.

    All accommodations available in Watkins Glen

    Day 21

    Il Watkins Glen State Park it's a real natural hidden gem in upstate New York. Hiking the trails of this small but fascinating gorge in the Finger Lakes area shouldn't take you long before you're back on your way to New York. But first, stop at Museum of Glass in Corning!

    Our tips on where to sleep in New York

    Days 22-25

    Only 20 days before we were in San Francisco ... now before our eyes it opens wide New York. 4 days in this incredible US city is the minimum, before returning home and telling friends and family that you have touched one ocean and another!

    I also remember that on this site we have already talked about 2 low cost packages that cover the New York San Francisco route.

    Other less common itineraries

    Given the vastness of the US territory, the combinations between the aforementioned itineraries and other itineraries can be infinite. For example: theOregon Trail starts from Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast, cuts Idaho and then, in the stretch from Yellowstone to Niagara Falls, is almost aligned to the last coast to coast that we have detailed, only to end in Cape Cod: in short, everyone can create your own variants freely!

    Here are three other itineraries that are a little less traveled but worthy of mention: Old Trail to the Beach, The Great Northern and The Southern Pacific.

    Da Seattle a Miami – Old trail to the beach

    This itinerary crosses the USA diagonally, joining Seattle with Miami. Along the way you will explore the old pioneer routes and great natural wonders. Among the other stops, we mention Portland, Twin Falls, Yellowstone park, Cody, Saint Louis, Nashville, Atlanta - which we told you in the article Altanta what to see - and Orlando.

    Da Seattle all’Acadia National Park – The Great Northern

    If the itinerary from San Francisco to New York didn't seem too far north, you can do this particular coast to coast that connects the main city of the State of Washington to one of the northernmost points of New England on the East Coast, the Acadia National. Park. This itinerary takes place in a small part in Canada (Ottawa-Montreal) and touches some US states less traveled by tourism, such as Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and New Hampshire. The main stages? Glacier National Park, the oddities of North Dakota on Roadside Giants and the remote Michigan Upper Peninsula.

    From Savannah to San Diego – The Souther Pacific

    A coast to coast in the name of Deep South, in some parts similar to what we have illustrated above. For geographic reasons, the itinerary starts in Savannah, but you can land in Atlanta or Florida (Orlando or Miami). The coast to coast passes through Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, of which it explores the southern desert territories.

    The best season for a coast to coast USA

    Since you will travel long distances the climate will change from stage to stage. In general it can be said that the best time is May-June (excellent weather and less crowded), but the following months are also not to be ignored. Sure, it will be very hot in August, but you can always count on the air conditioning in your car. Obviously the situation changes if you want to do a coast to coast on a motorcycle.

    How many days does it take?

    The answer depends on the planned itinerary. There are coast-to-coast tours that last even a month, but there are others feasible (at least so they say, but we have many doubts) in 10-12 days. The ideal, to truly enjoy the places you will visit and not live forever with anxiety, is to stay at least twenty days and if you can even more.

    What to book before leaving for a coast to coast?

    More or less, the preparations are the same as any other on the road, basically in this order:

    Booking air flights

    Once the paperwork relating to the documentation (passport and Esta) was completed and the decision was made city ​​of departure and arrival, book your return flights. You can consult various online resources to grab a good price. Check out our guide to finding and booking likes USA low cost.

    Noleggio auto

    Once you have booked your flights look for good USA and health insurance rent the car that will accompany you throughout the journey (also include the navigator, relying only on maps will make you waste a lot of time). Obviously, the car must be comfortable and spacious enough, requirements that you will easily find in the models available. The advice is to rely on well-known companies and to get a reasonable amount through a price comparator for car rental. You can refer to our tips for rent a low cost car in USA.


    As far as accommodation is concerned, it is not strictly necessary to book hotels in all stages (although it is advisable); book at least in main stages, where there could be a high demand and there is a risk of finding places with sold out seats or inflated prices. Also in this case there is no shortage of online resources for booking and hotel comparisons. You can take a look at our tips on finding a hotel in the USA and our section dedicated to advice on staying in the United States, you will find articles dedicated to all the main stops and more.

    Health insurance

    As we always explain, there is no need to underestimate health insurance: it is true that formally it is not compulsory, however if unfortunately something unpleasant should happen to you during your vacation you will be forced to pay all the expenses yourself and in the United States the fees for the medical services are very salty. If we add to this the fact that the cost of the policies is very marginal compared to the general outlay for a trip to the United States, there is really no reason not to take out health insurance. Among other things, these policies often also include many useful options, such as, for example, the loss of baggage, cancellation, repatriation, etc. The offer is certainly very varied and finding your way around the various policies may not be immediate; for this we have written a guide dedicated to how to choose health insurance for the united states.

    Finally, I remind you that in our Travel Resources section, you will find in-depth information on all the necessary preparations for your on the road in the USA.

    Required documents

    As you know, a trip to the States requires some more paperwork, but nothing particularly demanding. First of all, don't forget your passport, which is essential not only for the United States but for any trip to a non-European state. Also essential is theThis , the form to be filled out online with a validity of 2 years that allows you to stay in the United States for 3 months. It is very important to complete the procedure and receive confirmation of acceptance because otherwise you will not be admitted to the United States. If you have problems of this type or you need a longer period of stay you can always apply for a visa, remembering that the procedure times are much longer than the ESTA, which is issued almost immediately.

    For an overview of all the necessary and non-necessary documentation for a trip to the United States, you can read our section dedicated to USA documents.

    How much does a coast to coast cost?

    Also in this case the answer can vary a lot depending on the accommodation needs, the days of stay and much more ...

    Let's try to get an idea of ​​expenditure for a coast to coast of 21 days in the first half of August:

    • Car rental with collection and delivery in 2 different cities: approximately 900/1200 euros, but in high season it can exceed 1500 euros
    • Return flights: from 700 to 1200 euros per person
    • Hotel reservations: from 1000 to 1400 euros per person staying on 3-star structures
    • Health insurance: around 150 euros per person

    In summary, bearing in mind that prices fluctuate significantly based on the period and how long before you book, in general, if you rely on the online resources reported, for a coast to coast in America of about twenty days in the first half of August, two people can spend around 5000/6000 euros, but if you look for something less in time ...

    Tour Coast to Coast

    If you prefer not to "embark" personally on the adventure of organizing a "coast to coast fai da teThere are obviously alternatives. In this case you can neglect the study of the stages and the route, as well as the booking of the various related services and the necessary documentation (apart from the passport which you will obviously have to think about), the tour operator or agency in charge will take care of everything. will propose you a package with a predefined itinerary. A good solution to save in these cases can be to opt for group travel, a method that allows you to reduce expenses a little and that can be for those who conceive the holiday as an opportunity to socialize and get to know new people. An example of this type of travel is the tour coast to coast in pulmino that you find on these pages, a 24-day on the road from New York to Los Angeles crossing the Southern States and the parks area (basically the first of the 4 itineraries I talked about in this article).

    If you prefer to do a coast to coast in auto you can opt for a fly and drive, leaving all the organizational aspect to the tour operator but with greater possibility of customizing the itinerary on your part. For more information and a quotation you can refer to our affiliated tour operator, by consulting in particular the personalized tours section.

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