id just like to start by saying how amazing i think this website is (particularly the forum) and how grateful id be to receive any replies to this thread.
i visited New york from here in the UK in 2003 whilst working at a summer camp but didnt get to travel after due to breaking my leg at camp. i made it my personal goal to get back there ASAP.
so anyway, 2 and a half years in the planning (a lot of talking actually, but we're getting our act together now) and we're nearly booking our flights.
ive got a couple of questions but heres our rough itinery.
me and a friend are gonna be flying out to NYC on june 14th 2008, looking to stay there until 17th when we would pick up hire car at JFK.
we want to see niagara falls so were hoping to make a detour there first of all before heading down to miami to catch a train on the 25th june.
now our route down to miami, our main point of interest is washington DC but other than that we're looking for any ideas, points of interest??
were 25 and 27, love music, interested in old70's 80's american themes, film locations etc. a bit cheesy but we want to make it a trip to remember by seeing a lot of your typical tourist spots.
we ARE looking to advance in good time so appreciate we wont see everything. hopefully we can spend 2-3 days around the orlando miami area.
from then weve got 2 more friends joining us from the uk for our train journey to chicago. it arrives morning of 27th june. we would spend the day and night in chicago...again any ideas for good nightspots there??
28th of june - we want to hire an rv to start our journey further west towards L.A. again our main point of interests are Las vegas (2 nights if poss) and the grand canyon.
so between chicago and vegas we are open to ideas from people although we would like to do it along as much of route 66 as is possible. (i understand some of it isnt accessible anymore.
when we get to los angeles, a day or 2 there would be appreciated after what looks a long drive.
we fly back on 12th July so would really like to know if that 2nd leg, chicago to L.A is doable??
thankyou very much for reading, i do go on a bit.
just a couple more questions regarding the journey though.
when we hire the car for the first 2 weeks ish, besides accident protection, do i need to purchase car insurance like i would in the uk?? or would that be included in the rental agreement?
and finally, taking an rv to L.A, how far can you actually get to the centre of LA and still be able to park it for the night somewhere?
again thanks for any advice.