I'm going on a 3 month solo trip of the US, leaving Sydney on November 20th and going back on February 16th 2010. I will be landing at LAX.
Traveling solo with the intent of meeting locals in as many cities as possible. I have an interest in photography and will be taking my full kit, along with a new HD video camera that I just ordered. I have a desire to experience the diversity that I hope America offers from town to town and document it for memories.
I'd like to ask you all for some advice on a few things, namely trip suggestions and car hire.
I've only 2 things that I must do, and everything else is open!
- I am meeting my relatives for the first time in San Jose and spending up to 2 weeks with them. This happens at the beginning of the trip.
- I want to be in NYC for Christmas + New Years
So, assuming I leave San Jose on the 4th of December, is it possible or adviseable to drive through the "middle" of the country across to NY, and then spend my time in NY as planned, then drive around the surrounding areas (anti-clockwise starting at Boston), work down to Florida, then drive back to LA across the southern states?
I also had an alternate plan which is spending the family time, then flying to NY, going with public transport whilst in NY and then hiring a car when I'm done in NY and one-waying it back to LA, doing the surrounding areas in the same way in the other plan, down to Florida, then sort of "snaking" my way across the southern and middle parts. Is this perhaps a better idea?
My main concerns are about driving conditions. I have no experience driving through snow / ice, and I don't know whether it can be bad across the middle of America in December.
My other question about car hire. I am unsure whether any companies would allow me to hire for so long, and also drive it across the country and back. Before I ring them up, does anyone have any experience on this?
I also have one silly question. In winter in the colder parts, especially where it snows, is there no sunshine? Happy to win the stupid question of the day to get the answer to this one....
Thanks for reading!