Me and a couple of friends from the UK are planning a road trip across the US this summer, we're planning on flying out to SF late July and flying home from NY early Sept. One of our friends is currently living in Santa Cruz doing an internship, so the plan is to fly out to meet her, stay around Santa Cruz for a week while we sort out renting or buying (most probably buying, we think ??) some sort of camper van to travel in. We are also planning on getting a tent so that we can camp too, as we won't want to spend every night squished up in the back of a van! :) Two of us are students, so we are working on a budget, but if we are careful we should have around $3-4,000 each to work with.
This is a rough guide of the route we want to take on googlemaps, including all of the places we have suggested we'd like to go. We are planning on staying in each place maybe 2 days, to try and fit everything in if possible. Obviously, there is room for adding and/or dropping places if needs be...
On there its saying it should take 3 days in travelling, although this seems a bit optimistic to me??
Also, the friend who is currently in Santa Cruz has a US passport as she was born in Florida. She cant currently drive, but plans to learn to before the summer to split the driving with our other friend. If she gets her licence would the fact that she's got a passport be beneficial when we want to buy a van/get insurance etc? Or even when renting a vehicle if we decide to do so?
I know there's a lot here, but any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated indeed!