Hi all. Long time lurker, first time poster. =)
Me (23 years old) and and a friend (21) (both drivers) are planning a roadtrip across USA this summer.
We have a rough route and it looks something like this: link
We'd like to experience some of the major cities as well as the scenery and small towns. We haven't decided 100% on the route above and might make some changes. We're considering dipping down to New Orleans for example.
It's the first time either of us are planning a trip like this, so we could really use some help.
According to Google Maps the route above is 3200 miles, but we expect it to be around 3500. Would it be reasonable to expect an average driving speed of 55mph? (3500/55=64 driving hours?) So 3 weeks should be more than enough?
We don't have a car yet, but we estimated our fuel costs to $518.00 (3500 miles, 25 Miles per Gallon, $3.7 per Gallon). Does that sound remotely accurate?
I know there are some experienced people here, we'd appreciate tips on stuff to see and do around our planned route. We're interested in everything from amusement parks and restaurants to national parks and caves. Which are the best places to go hiking? Anything we should not miss?
I read someone saying food and motel costs for two people is around $150/day, does that seem right?
We're planning on renting a car in NY and dropping it off in LA. Is being a foreigner a problem when renting? Do all car rental places require an additional charge if you're under 25 years old?
Apparently if you're visiting US you need to show your return ticket. Is it possible to avoid that somehow? It'd be hard to estimate exactly when we'll reach our destination, so we'd prefer getting the ticket a few days before it's time to return..
Would we have to make hotel reservations ahead of time for places like Vegas and Lake Powell? Again, not quite sure when we'd get there..
Any other advice you got to first time roadtrippers/US-visitors?
Thanks in advance