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!