I stumbled onto this site tonight. I've been wanting to take a solo road trip ever since my divorce 4 years ago - the proverbial "find myself @ age 38" trip, and I'm finally ready to take the plunge. I've never road tripped before, and am seeking advice.
I'm a school teacher, and the plan is to leave after school is out in mid June. I'd like to rent a vehicle, drive to LA, and fly back. I'm allowing 8 to 10 days for the entire trip. I'd like to spend at least a few days in LA with friends before flying back.
After consulting a map, I do not have a route per-se - more of a selection of stops. I'd like to hit the Black Hills in SD, Denver (I have family there), the Grand Canon, Vegas, Hover Dam, and LA. I'm sure there is a wealth to see in between those places, and I'm open to suggestions.
I'm certainly not made of money, but don't want to do it so cheaply that I can't enjoy myself either. I know gas is going to be expensive, but I'm willing to sleep in my car at times (in a safe area of course), and will live out of a cooler on convenience store food. It's just me, so I'm not worried about changing my clothes all the time.
What's a trip like this going to cost, and how much time do I allot myself to get to LA? Best place to rent a car?
Thanks in advance,