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First time US road trip Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, Orlando to New York

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3 friends and I are first time travellers to the US.

As part of our trip we want to travel from Austin to New York, visiting New Orleans, Memphis and Orlando in between.

We would like some advice on which order is best to travel, and whether by plane, train, bus or rental car. We have allocated up to 3 weeks to make the journey.

We would like to use a rental car at some stage, but don't know at what point would be best. Keep in mind that we are all female, safety and of course want to make the most of our time

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