First time poster here and solo traveller looking for some helpful advice.
I'm going to be arriving in Dallas from the UK late July 09 and leaving from LA early September. It'll be my first time in the States since 1993 and I've wanted to roadtrip across the South West USA for many years, only this time I've got enough time off work to do it justice even though I'm on a fairly tight budget.
My plan is to drive/greyhound/amtrak it up from Dallas to Oklahoma then head West towards Amarillo on (what's left of) the old R66 and see where life takes me. I'm hoping to spend the majority of my time in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah before heading over to Vegas just for a couple or so nights and then finding somewhere chilled on the Californian coast for my final week.
The only absolute 'must sees' for me are the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Vegas. Everything else is a bonus. So I'm looking for any tips of things to do/places to stay (places to avoid?) and places to meet fellow travellers for company along the way.
As I'm travelling solo, tips on car hire/share, hitch hiking in the area would also be welcome. I've taken 6 weeks out so I can be as flexible and unhurried as possible and I'd welcome any advice on how and where best to spend my time.
Thanks in advance...