My partner and I are planning a coast to coast road trip for Spring 2009. I am from the UK and he is from New York. We want to start the trip in San Francisco and end up at his family's place on Long Island NY.
I want to drive down the coast in California then go to the Grand Canyon, then drive through Arizona and New Mexico (visiting Santa Fe), then to Texas specifically to Austin. I would then like to find the most scenic way to drive from Texas to New York.
My questions are; is this a reasonable route or is there a better way to go and see these things? Are there any sights we should definitely see on this route? Our main task at the moment is to try and budget this trip. We do not want to stay anywhere flashy nor do we need to eat in restaurants every day. Delis and diners will do or cheap fast food/take away. We will probably be staying with friends in San F, San Diego, LA and Austin so this will reduce our costs! We would like to spend 3 weeks to a month on this trip. We also need to hire a car - a small one will do! I read in another thread that a road trip for three weeks on a reasonable budget could cost around 1,500 dollars. Is this a good guess?
Thanks to any one who can help me. This is the 1st time I have signed up to anything like this which means I must have been impressed with this site :)