Hi there, my girlfriend and i are planning to travel the US next May 2009, and we're looking for some general advice as we are in the early stages of planning the trip. We're from Wales in the UK and would like to start and finish our trip in New York. We will probably head south from new york down to florida stopping off in washington, north and south carolina. From florida we will head west to panama beach, new orleans, take a detour up to memphis, then across to san antonia and del rio. We will head up to new mexico and colorado and make our way to the grand canyon and vegas. From vegas we'll head to LA taking in the west coast, stopping in San Francisco and Oregon before heading back across to new york through Wyoming, South Dakota, Chicago, Ohio etc...
We will hire a car in New York to complete the trip, what i would like to know is:
1. How long we should estimate for a trip like this, making sure we see all the sights along the way?
2. Average cost per night of decent hotels/motels?
3. Average cost of miles per gallon in the US?
4. A rough estimate of the miles we will travel on this particular route?
Any help on any of the above questions would be a great help, as i said we are in the early stages of planning the trip, so any other advice or links to useful websites would be greatly appreciated..