Always appreciate the forum and the reads available on this forum.
We are an English couple about to undertake our 3rd US ROADTRIP.
I'm Dave - 40 and my girlfriends 31 (Jo)
Both seasoned roadtripper's and love the good ol US of A!!!
We tend to just enjoy being on the open road's, exploring the unknown, not necessarily having a set agenda and prefer to see a little of lots rather than a lot of very little, hope that makes sense.
Basically for us it's all about getting excited about those big/small names that become known to us from movies or articles read..... we love the diverse food, the hit n miss motels en route, the outlet malls, the amazing scenery and the friendly people.
I will be the sole driver and do not have a problem covering anything up to 600 miles/day as we do tend to be on the road for at least 10 -12 hours most days.
We are budgeting;
Motels $80/nt max
Fuel $3 + gallon (based on 5,000 miles @ 25 mpg)
Food $50 -75 per day per couple
National Parks/Sighseeing approx $200 -300 total
Outlet malls $hmmmmmm who knows!!!!!
Our starting point will be Chicago O'Hare Int airport on Aug 27th.
The plan is to head for Vegas as we have a 3 night stop over there (the only multi night stay pre booked), we have a week to get there.
Below is a rough outline of the places we would like to hit en route and would appreciate any input, advice on places to see/to go etc etc....
Week 1 - Depart Chicago in our mid/family size car rental en route to Vegas.. via Omaha, Colorado Springs, Denver, Rockies, Nat Parks of Utah(Please advise on the must see ones), Moab, Grand Canyon North Rim and then into VEGAS!!!!
Weeks 2 & 3 (11 days) - Depart Vegas and head south east via Tucson, El Paso, north to Santa Fe, Amarilo(have to try the 72 oz steak), south to San Antonio, then north to Dallas, Wichita, across to Kansas City, St Louis, Springfield, Indianapolis then returning to Chicago!!!
I know this sounds like a lot to chew off in a 21 day roadtrip, possibly covering inexcess of 5,000 miles but we believe we can do it, as we are not the sort to spend days on end trekking through national parks or climbing gorges etc..... wish we could but for us it's all about seeing a little of everything via the road!!!
Would appreciate any input/advice from any of you seasoned roadtrippers covering the routes we are taking or could possibly take that may be of benefit to us.
Like I said we don't like pre planning the whole trips we take but it's nice to write down some points of interests on the way etc............
Thanks in advance and look forward to hitting your roads, the shanty towns, big light cities, Denny's, Outlet Malls, National Parks, Casino's etc..... in less than 5 weeks!!!
Davd n Jo