I am thinking of making a trip to the US mid May, I see this forum is very useful so thanks to Roadtrip America for the service.
I am thinking of driving from New York to Los Angeles with my wife, we would spend a couple of days in New York and then set off accross the US to posibly take in 'Chicago or Washington' Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco onto Los Angeles. We would love to take in Yellowstone but I don't know if this is viable in the time we have.
Never been to the states before so I am kind of in the dark and would love to know if:
1# Is 16 days is long enough to do this kind of trip? plus 3 to 4 days in New York
2# Suggestions on One-way car rental, pickup at New York and drop at LA or San Francisco. Maybe recomendations on car rental companies that cater for this and are reasonably priced with reliable cars. Any idea on costs, finding it difficult to get straight answers by e-mail.
3# Do we need a 4 x 4 for this kind of trip, a car would be more confortable but would like to avoid paying for a costly SUV if I could.
4# Would love to take a tip to Niagra falls while in New Your, what is the best way to do this, just use the car rental or some organised trip? How much time would I need for this, 1 day, 2 days?
5# Is it recomended to just pick up on motels while driving across the states, is there a beter option, bulk booking with a hotel chain, is it logistical to rent a small camper rather than a car?
6# What's the logistics on taking in Yellowstone in the time? we don't want to * Rush * across the states, I have read for other posts that a trip from New York to La can comfortably take 5 days, so hopefully with 16 we should be OK?
7# What should we expect to allow for gas and hotels, just a guide.
8# Is the weather OK in the regions we are planning to visit at this time of the year, slowdowns because of snow or rain?
9# Any tips or advice that can be offered for this kind of trip?
Thanks for putting up with the questions, I have loads more but the above should get me to a position where I can actually put down a reasonably solid plan.