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    Default How To Road Trip Across USA

    Me and a couple of my friends from London, UK are planning to go on a roadtrip across america in 2008/2009 for 6 months or less by car (Using a visitor Visa). We are not sure what route to take or what states to visit (and in which order; coast to coast, zigzaging etc), but we have two states that we will definately visit, which are New York and California. Plus the other must sees like the Grand Canyon, the Las Vegas strip and Texas. We want the trip to not be rushed and we want to take it all the sights, sounds and smells in, particulary those of New York and California, but we want it to have energy and to be fun. We would like to do the majority of the trip by car but for places like New York and Cali' we would most likely use public transport or walk.

    One idea we have is to start in Florida spend about three weeks there. Then go through most of the deep southern states all the way to California. Spending a month In Cali' travelling up and down the beaches and heading to the big cities like L.A etc. Then going to San Francisco and heading west through the middle states like Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Illinois (spending at least a week or a few days in each of these). then head up north to New York and spend about a month there and then fly home.

    This is just an idea and we are trying to work out a good route and hopefully your guys can help us.

    With the idea above we have a couple of questions that we can get some help with!?!

    *If we were to do this trip how much would it cost to do a trip like this (not including flights). but counting things like gas, acommodation (baring in mind we would be prepared to camp ocassionally) food and entertainment. what would be an general average cost of a trip like this (not including flights and car rental) and considering we would split the cost of gas between at least two or three people.

    *With the trip starting in Florida, California being the midpoint and New York being the end. What are the best states and places to go inbetween (other than) these three states? (taking into account we have a lot of time, we are young and want to do alot of things that are fun and go to a variety of different places. E.g. places where we can just hang out and relax, places to party, places and scenery to discover and be amazed and inspired by)


    *What beaches are worth visiting in along the west coast and Florida ?


    *How long is reccomended to spend in states like utah, illinois, ohio, kansas etc and is there any good ?

    *What is the legal age to be able to rent a car in the U.S, because we've heard its 25. and we are all under 25. If its true are their other ways of travelling by car e.g shipping a car from UK to US or buying a car in the US?


    *Is this a good route to take or would it be really expensive?, not enough time?or are there any better routes to take?


    We would be very grateful if anyone could help us and answer even one of our questions or give us some tips, advice or any suggestions on what routes to take and states to visit!

    Please help us!

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    *If we were to do this trip how much would it cost to do a trip like this (not including flights). but counting things like gas, acommodation (baring in mind we would be prepared to camp ocassionally) food and entertainment. what would be an general average cost of a trip like this (not including flights and car rental) and considering we would split the cost of gas between at least two or three people.
    Here are a few budgeting tips from one of our knowledgeable Moderators.

    *With the trip starting in Florida, California being the midpoint and New York being the end. What are the best states and places to go inbetween (other than) these three states? (taking into account we have a lot of time, we are young and want to do alot of things that are fun and go to a variety of different places. E.g. places where we can just hang out and relax, places to party, places and scenery to discover and be amazed and inspired by
    This is a pretty tricky question since most of the US territory can be covered between these 3 States. Maybe if you tell us more about your interests? Do you like hiking? surfing? dancing? fine food? museums? historical sites? National Parks? Cities? Small towns? Are you experienced road trippers? Do you like live music venues? Sports?

    I suggest you start by searching through maps, guide books and this very forum to have a general idea of what's out there and what you might be interested in. Then, using maps, you can figure out a route by putting dots on every destination you consider a must see and draw the most natural route between them. You'll have a global idea of the areas you'll want to go through. Once you will be on the road, you will probably change your itinerary quite a few times after getting tips from locals or after reading guide books, etc.

    *What beaches are worth visiting in along the west coast and Florida ?
    Florida : Key West, any beach in South Beach Miami is a great spot. Unfortunately, I'm not very familiar with the west coast beaches in Florida;
    In San Diego : La Jolla Cove, Silver Strand, Mission, Ocean;
    In L.A. : Venice, Santa Monica, Long Beach;
    Any beach between San Fran and L.A. (Big Sur, Pfeiffer, etc.)
    Here's a more exhaustivebeach overview written by a California resident.

    *How long is reccomended to spend in states like utah, illinois, ohio, kansas etc and is there any good ?
    All States have their hidden jewels and no place is boring. Although, personally, I'd save more time for Utah than the other States mentionned. There are a lot of worthy National Parks there. I also love southern Illinois and south western Ohio.

    *What is the legal age to be able to rent a car in the U.S, because we've heard its 25
    I could be wrong, but I believe the legal age is 21 but they'll charge you an extra (up to 25$day) if you are under 25. I am not very familiar with rental cars since I've always used my own on road trips, but if you use the Search engine on this forum, you'll probably find the answers you are looking for.

    Hope this helped you a bit.

    Gen

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    Default Extended road trip adventuring

    Quote Originally Posted by MagicMedicine View Post
    We want the trip to not be rushed and we want to take it all the sights, sounds and smells in, particulary those of New York and California, but we want it to have energy and to be fun. We would like to do the majority of the trip by car but for places like New York and Cali' we would most likely use public transport or walk.
    Acutally, even NY is fine with a car -- it might be easier with public transportation, but there is no place in America where private automobiles are not still the primary way to get around. We moved your thread to this topic because, extended trips, like the one you are planning work best here.

    RoadTrip Advisor Gen is one of our solo/budget experts and you can find lots of tips herein for saving money. A good overview about beginning a road trip budget can be read here.
    *If we were to do this trip how much would it cost to do a trip like this (not including flights). but counting things like gas, acommodation (baring in mind we would be prepared to camp ocassionally) food and entertainment. what would be an general average cost of a trip like this (not including flights and car rental) and considering we would split the cost of gas between at least two or three people.
    As mentioned above, there are lots of tips for saving money -- but a good rule of thumb is $100 (USD) per day per person. With prudent planning can drop this to about $65 per day -- but $100 per day works out very well. ($54,000 USD for three people for six months)
    *What beaches are worth visiting in along the west coast and Florida ?
    All of us have favorite beaches all along the three coasts. Here is one sample of nice beaches between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
    *How long is reccomended to spend in states like utah, illinois, ohio, kansas etc and is there any good ?
    Six to 12 months in each and you would only see about 1/10 of there is to see and do. You need to do some of your research about what you want to see and do and then ask us for specific recommendations.
    *What is the legal age to be able to rent a car in the U.S, because we've heard its 25. and we are all under 25. If its true are their other ways of travelling by car e.g shipping a car from UK to US or buying a car in the US?
    It is not a legal issue. But most companies will not rent a car to drivers under 25. Here is some information about rental car insurance issues.

    Happy Planning!

    Mark

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    Thankyou so much for your advice, especially the tips for beaches!

    As for the answer about what kind of things we like to do, there are alot of things we are really interested in music (includes lots of different genres) we would like to go hiking or camping trough mountains and forests for a few days, for a change of pace from travelling in a car. Also We also want to visit big, energetic, bustling places where thier is alot of things going on like a bustling nightlife scene in places like New York, Chicago and California. But also want to visit places of tranquillity where we can just relax and take in the sights.

    Being more specific;

    *What places would you recommend to visit in California, things to do with movies, music, nightlife and scenery?

    *Where are the most beautiful, photogenic, naturally awe inspiring places to visit, as a few of us are interested in photography and just generally want to experience the beauty of america (I know this can be a vast question but does anyone have any personal favourites that they can recommend? Please!)


    *Where are the best places to camp in the US, like where is the best scenery, best place to see the sunset, sunrise, the stars?


    *Also are there any good, exciting annual carnivales or festivals to do with either music, beer, food or just partying across the US that are recommendable? (Again any personal favourites)?


    *Would it be worth buying a car in the US then selling it before we leave to the UK?

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