My best friend and I are currently in high school. Instead of doing a Euro trip or something like that after we graduate, we decided that we want to attempt a cross country roadtrip. We live on the east coast, (in DC, to be specific) and want to spend anywhere from 2-4 weeks traveling in the West. We know we want to visit smalltown America and in general, keep away from the big cities, traffic, and tourist spots that we're surrounded by now. We basically want to go off the beaten path, if not way off it.
We're planning on keeping this trip anywhere from a very cheap to a little expensive (the little expensive meaning the occasional motel/indulging in good food) and very leniant in terms of a schedule.
Is this realisitic? We are two teenage girls traveling across the US, and if we're not in extremely populated areas, is that safe? Any advice on convincing our parents about this? Should we get some other people to come with us? What kind of car should we have? Is 2-4 weeks enough time? Should we get a GPS system, or rely on our teenage minds to navigate by a good old map? Any idea how much the whole trip would cost in total (its ok if that's a broad guess)
We really want to do this, and your help is MUCH appreciated!!