Me & my girlfriend are in the (very) early stages of planning a road trip in the USA this August. We'll have roughly 25 days to spend.
We did have a (very, VERY) rough idea of a route: stating from San Francisco > Yosemite > Death valley > Vegas > Zion > Grand Canyon > Moab (mountain biking) > Yellowstone > back to SFO somehow, perhaps slowly through Oregon.
As I said, this is only a really vague idea of places we thought we'd like to see - we've really not researched it yet and I feel bad that I'm so ignorant to the nodoubt 1000s of other, smaller, areas which we'd love to visit. We also didn't think of any timeframes - just that we'd have 25 days to fit a trip in.
We both love the outdoors, wildlife, nature etc so don't intend to spend too much time in the cities.
The other BIG issue is that we really don't want to be rushed. We want to be able to stop at places for a few extra nights if we love it, so really dopn't want to try and cram too much into one trip - though obviously we'd liek to see as much as possible!
The problem is we're only 20 - so hiring a car is proving v tough. The best solution so far is to hire a camper van from Wicked Campers in Vancouver as they're happy to hire to under 21s, and don't charge extra for travelling into the US. Obvoiusly this makes things a bit tough as we'd be starting almost 1000 miles further North! So, I have a few questions:
1. Do you think a 25 day trip, starting and ending in Vancouver, could realistically take in all these different areas? if so, could you suggest a very rough runnning order. We were thinking maybe travel down through Oregon slowly, then across to Yellowstone > Moab > Grand Canyon > Zion > Vegas > Death Valley > SFO > back up the coast as fast as possible to get the van back in time. Does this sound feasable? Any better suggestions are welcome - again, apologies for being so vague and posisbly being extremely ignorant!
2. With a camper, we were hoping to save on accommodation by just finding places to park up & stay the night. I know in Oz this sin't a problem, I've often seen Wicked campers parked in car parks/lay bys etc overnight. What are the rules like on this in USA, and are they enforced? If we'd have to stay at campgrounds, are there generally a lot of these which we can just turn up at or would we have to carefully plan in advance exactly when/where to stay?
3. Presumably crossing the border between Can > USA is pretty hassle free?
4. Anything else!! nAny advice, suggestions, must-see locations, general guidance, anything at all would be massively appreciated.
Thanks a lot for any help