My husband and I, both in our mid-twenties, were originally planning on going on an extended cross country roadtrip to find a new place to live. Unfortunately, those plans aren't going to work out this year, but we have decided to do at least PART of the trip instead of giving it up entirely.
We would like to leave around November 30th. We do not want to run into any snow and so were thinking of leaving from Savannah, GA (where we currently live) to head over to San Diego, CA and back.
The tentative route would go from Savannah, GA to Dallas, TX, to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, to San Diego, then back along the southern border to San Antonio, TX, Houston, TX, and New Orleans, LA back to Savannah.
Is two weeks a good time frame to do that? We're not sure what our budget is yet - the lower the better, of course, but we do not like to camp and we will be staying in hotels every night (hoping to keep it to $60-80 a night). We also like to eat out.
We're debating whether to bring our dogs or not. We have two huskies. Reasons for bringing them: they LOVE to ride, it's fun to bring them on hikes, if we stay at Red Roof Inns & La Quintas they do not cost extra (which also ironically keeps us closer to our budget, as it prevents us from splurging on nicer hotels), might be cheaper to bring them with us than have to pay $30-40 a night to get them boarded, great for protection... Reasons against bringing them: harder to do stuff with them along, finding a hotel is not always easy, generally forget about staying at cool hotels & inns (which I love)... Do you think we'd get more out of the trip by just getting them boarded?
We are HORRIBLE at trip planning. We've gone on several mini trips but end up getting frustrated cuz we never do enough stuff, just a lot of driving! Here are some things we know we like: awesome little cafes, yummy food (love finding great breakfast spots especially; for dinner, we prefer to keep it at $20-40 for two, but the occasional splurge for awesome food is ok), zoos & aquariums, scenic drives, some museums like nautical, historic or animal related, some festivals like renaissance festivals or food festivals, visiting castle-like houses, stuff like that...
We know we want to go to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and the San Diego Zoo. To be honest, we're not sure what else yet... the southern part of the U.S. isn't what we were most looking forward to (next spring/summer we hope to do the west coast & also Montana, Wyoming and Colorado - those are the parts we're really excited about and that I did most of my research on so far earlier this year).
Any suggestions based on what I've mentioned here? I have only about a month to put together this trip so any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance! :)