My roommate and I have always wanted to go to California, but we are college students and the airfare is well, out of out budget range. We want to try to do a 10ish (maybe a few days longer) trip from our home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ultimately to the West Coast. Our plan is to leave around July 19th and be back by July 31. We'd love to make some stops along the way, such as the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Las Vegas, Redwoods, and travelling along Route 66. The problem is that neither of us have ever completely planned a vacation before. I've helped my mother on Disney World trips, but completely on my own - yikes!
We're worried about money. I'm aiming to save around $1200 for me to spend on the trip - splitting gas and hotels, plus food and souvenirs. (Keep in mind that my roommate will also have roughly that much as well) Is that a reasonable amount of money? I've estimated roughly $500 total for gas.
Here is my rough itinerary:
Baton Rouge up through Dallas into Amarillo
(maybe hit Route 66 at points through here)
take I-40 until the Grand Canyon
Head over to Las Vegas
go over to I-5 up to San Fransisco
take 1 down the coast to Los Angeles (making stops along the coast to see things)
Touristy things in LA then down to the beaches of Orange County (I need my beach trip! haha)
south to San Diego
head back to Baton Rouge via * to I-10
I would like to see places in Hollywood and see great things in California. The main goal is Cali and we want to spend several days over there. I'm also concerned about the drive all the way back to Louisiana. I would like to make a few stops along the way - but I don't really know where to go along I-10.
Any help/tips/concerns...anything will be helpful for us!