Right, so I'm planning a rather large trip in a couple of months. I've been reading through this site over the last few days and it seems this is the best place to get some tips and advice so I know what to expect!
So far, flights are booked into JFK on 29th July, spend a few days in New York, then picking up a car on the 1st August, taking a route that goes up to Niagra Falls, then down to Baltimore (we've got gig tickets there), across to Nashville, Memphis, Sante Fe, Grand Caynon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, L.A, and finally ending up in San Francisco, hopefully flying back on the 31st August!
The thing I'm confused about so far is the frankly astounding differences in car rental quotes. Just going for a midsize SUV, and I've had quotes ranging from $1800 all the way up to just under $10,000! Can anyone explain why the companies would be so far apart? Even more confusing, I phoned Alamo in America to get a quote, and it came up at $8800, but getting a quote on their website, with the same details, picking up and dropping off to the same locations, the quote came in the cheapest at $1800! I've pre-booked the online one, but it just makes me think I'm missing something. I haven't had to pay anything to reserve it, but I don't want to rely on that quote only to turn up in New York and then be expected to pay 5-6 times what we've been quoted.
So that's it so far. I've got a fairly good idea on what to have in preparation, and we'll be getting accommodation in hotels/motels mainly, or even sleeping in the back of the van if necessary; but if anyone can give me any tips or advice for things I should expect, it would be greatly appreciated!