Hello to everyone on the board! I'm new here and find the threads very informing and helpful. I am a college student from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and enjoy exploring the backwoods of Appalachia, and have my entire life.
My boyfriend and I have been discussing a cross-country trip which prompted me to find this site in the first place. (Good ole' Google).. We wanted to start saving now, to have enough money to do it next summer (2008)..
Here is our brainstormed destinations~
Depart: Harrisburg, PA
Tennessee (Stop for Bonnaroo Festival)
Colorado (Have friends to stay with in Breckenridge)
Arizona (Want to do Grand Canyon, Have friends in Tuscon)
California (anything & everything, but especially Redwood Forest)
British Columbia (2 or so days in Vancouver)
Montana (Yellowstone & Glacier Parks)
Colorado (back to our friends in Breckenridge)
& then back the way we came
so it's basically PA-CO, than a big west coast loop through Cali & B.C. - back to Colorado, then back to PA. We intend to jump from campground to campground the entire way, with the exceptions of a few friends we have scattered about. Don't mind using a 10$ a day budget on food. Limited souveniers (I'm an avid photographer, the pictures are all I need). All attractions we want to see are National Parks and spectacular views. 1000$ included for gas.
30 day time frame.
After considering the above + more, we came to a figure of about 3,000$ for the entire trip. Is this anywhere near correct? I can't help but feel there is more that I should be including. I know if we would bring more we would be living more comfortably, but I'm thinking economical. The experience and sights are what really matters.
Any help at all would be appreciated, this is my first BIG roadtrip & it's kind of difficult to figure out where to begin! haha.
And another thing, is that National Park Pass that i've been seeing linked include camping fees in the parks???
Thanks to anyone with information =)