A few friends and I are planning on taking our first roadtrip ever this summer. We are starting in Utah (salt lake area) and want to tour California, prefferably hitting Vegas and/or lake tahoe somewhere en route.
We havent really outlined any specific route we want to take or cities we want to visit yet...unfortunately we only have 7-10 days, or at the very most, 2 weeks for the trip. All of us are teenagers (we range from 17-19), on a very limited budget, adventurous and fine with "roughing it"-camping out/eating cheaply to cut costs.
We all have some camping experience and were hoping to make the trip a mix of natural activities/scenery and urban culture. Basically the goal of our trip is to experience the best of california, see the sights and get some great memories in the time and the limited budget we have.
Based on this, how many different cities/places could we reasonably expect to travel to in this time frame, and which ones would you reccomend for a bunch of kids who have never been to california before? We want a more authentic experience than the disneyland resort vacation (and couldnt afford that anyway.) What, in your opinion, is the minimun amount each of us (4 people total) would need to spend if we camped most of the nights, ate as cheaply as possible from the cooler/grill, and did things that were mostly cheap or free for activities? The car we are taking is an 02 mitsubishi lancer, but i have no idea how that does on gas.
any opinions/advice/reccomendations you have are greatly appreciated...none of us have ever done a major roadtrip before, but we're very excited! thank you in advance,