What a great forum! Hopefully you can give us some advice as well! We (me and my boyfriend) are planning a coast to coast roadtrip in North America for august 2008. We’ve already done some budgeting and route-planning but are still open for any suggestions.
The plan for now is to fly from Europe to NYC and rent a car there. From there we would drive to Boston, Montreal and Toronto. Our goal is then to drive to the west coast, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas (from where we’d fly back to NYC, spend a few days and then fly back home). But what to do in between? What would be the best route from Toronto to Vancouver?
We’re not very familiar with the different states/provinces and what they offer, so any suggestions are welcome! We like bigger cities as well as idyllic small towns, sunny beaches and beautiful scenery, and I LOVE shopping.
Does this trip sound possible to execute in 4 weeks? We would prefer to spend a few days in at least San Francisco, Vancouver, New York etc.
What about the car rental, is it okay to drive from the US to Canada and back? The rental will probably be over $2000, can you recommend any companies for this specific trip? Our budget now is $6000 per person (approx. $2400 for flights, car rental and fuel costs. $2400 for accommodation and food. The rest for shopping…)
And also, any recommendations for the flight from the west coast to NYC? Is it preferable to book the flight in advance ..?