We are an English couple in our mid twenties, coming to America in April for 9 weeks. We start in Boston (think we have that part of the trip sorted - planning on incorporating Stowe, VT; Green Mountains, VT; Cape Cod, MA and of course, Boston) then fly to San Francisco where we have 5 weeks of travelling before flying out of LA to Hawaii (we figured as new road trippers we deserved a traet at the end).
From San Francisco to LA, we want to include the places with high priority - Yosemite, Vegas, Grand Canyon, Big Sur, San Diego and possible the lower priority - Death Valley, Napa, Palm Springs. We've also heard that Santa Fe & Albuquerque, New Mexico and Portland are great places to visit too.
We are interested in nature (National Parks are a must), possible western ranches (are there any on route?), good food, beaches and generally having a good time.
We can saty with friends for a few days in LA, other than that we will hostel in the cities and motel / camp in between. We aren't worried about camping as long as there are showers and it is a safe park. Our budget is tight so keeping costs down is essential. We were thinking of renting the car for just under four weeks, leaving a few days clear at either end of the trip whilst we're in SF and LA.
We will have about £4000 for the trip which in this crappy economic climate amounts to about $5800. (We picked a great time for our trip - not!) Currently the only accommodaton we have for our trip is booked for the firs 4 nights in Boston. After that we are living on air I think! Looked at car rental - about £700 for 4 weeks for a mid sized car.
Please can anyone suggest routes, must sees and any budget accommodation for our trip?