We were planning to drive around the country a few years ago (while in college), but didn't have the funds! This year we finally have REAL jobs, so we can afford to save up however much we need for next Spring.
We plan to leave in mid-May, and get back.. whenever (I'm thinking about a month). We are starting out in Buffalo, NY, heading over to the start of route 66, and taking route 66 all the way down to LA. From there we want to go up the coast all the way to Washington, and then back towards Buffalo, stopping at Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, and the Field of Dreams on the way.
There are 4 of us, the trip is about 6000 miles, and I'm figuring gas will be around $5.00/gallon by then so I'm planning on at least $1500 in gas.
We want to drive on average about 4 hours/day (some days 8 hours, some days none), camp about 3/4 of the nights, and splurge on a nice hotel about every 4 days. We'll be preparing food ourselves most of the time, and again, splurging on a nice restaurant (by nice, I mean Fridays or Applebees) maybe once/week.
We'll need to factor in admission fees to parks, but besides that, we probably won't be spending much on souvenirs or activities. We'll mostly be just spending our time doing camping stuff, hanging out, playing cards (simple stuff), and of course taking lots and lots of pictures.
Does $5,000 and a month sound reasonable if we want to really take the time to enjoy everything?