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Road trip from NYC to Las Vegas ( via New Orleans, TX) in 11 days

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my gf and I are leaving NYC Jan 19 and driving to Las Vegas, and flying back to nyc on Jan 1. We are both in early 30, adventurous, active and both of us are drivers. Here is the itinerary for our trip. Please let us know how doable is it.


Date Day of the Week Itinerary
19-Dec Thu Drive to Baltimore in the evening and stay at parent's house

20-Dec Fri Heading out in morning get to Nashville TN or Knoxville TN. Driving though the Smokey Mountains according to the map. ~8 -10 hrs. drive

21-Dec Sat Getting to New Orleans LA by evening. If we want to stop by Memphis for a cool BBQ lunch (only if we feel like it) or do anything else on the way. ~8 hrs. drive

22-Dec Sun Full day in New Orleans. Do whatever we want – rest, eat, explore, party.

23-Dec Mon Driving out in the mid-morning, get to San Antonio TX in the evening. See the Alamo and cool area by the river and perhaps have dinner there. If we feel like it can stop by “beautiful” Lake Charles on the way (literally 100% on our way). ~8 hrs. drive


24-Dec Tue Use as a rest day and to explore TX (i.e. Austin), and drive some of the way to NM to shorten the drive the next day.

25-Dec Wed Drive 3/4 of the way to White Sands and stay for the night.

26-Dec Thu Early in the morning visit White Sands and spend 1 to 2 thereThen drive on toward the Petrified Forest use the rest of the day to explore and go to Flagstaff for dinner.

27-Dec Fri Drive to Sedona AZ (only 50 min from Flagstaff) and spend the entire day there, stay in the area of move on and stay for the night closer to the Grand Canyon.

28-Dec Sat Drive to the Grand Canyon (~2 hrs.) and spend the day there. Stay in the area for the night.

29-Dec Sun The goal is to be in Las Vegas by evening. In the morning drive to Joshua Tree Park and explore there (look up pics it is very very cool and is the second place I was hoping to visit) ~ 4.5 hrs. Then drive on to Las Vegas and be there that night. ~3 hrs.

30-Dec Mon Explore Valley of Fire and Lake Mead areas as a day trip. In the evening see a show, play poker, explore The Strip, have a nice dinner, whatever we want to do.

31-Dec Tue During the day explore the city and rest. Go out for NY (TBD).

1-Jan Wed Flying our at 12:45pm, home by evening.

Please advise.

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