I came across RTA a couple days ago and I was reading a few road trip plans and the advice seemed helpful so I thought I would post mine. We are four 18 year old Canadians planning an epic road trip from Toronto to Los Angeles. Most of our parents have done this trip actually, but with different routes and stops. We plan on contributing $1000 per person. So my first question is if that is enough money for the bare minimum. By that I mean gas, hotels, food, and some entertainment. I used gasbuddy, but I'm sure that I will need more than $400 American as we plan to drive around the cities or where ever we stop.
Next up: Routes. To calculate which route we are going to take we looked at google maps, which probably isn't the best way to do this haha. Two routes came up; the I-80 route which is around 4000km and passes through Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha, Denver, St. George, and Vegas to end up in LA. The other route was the I-40, which is around 4200km and passes through Chicago, Springfield (both Illinois and Missouri), Tulsa, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff to end up in LA. We figured that we would take the I-80 route on the way to LA and the I-40 route on the way back. My second question is pretty vague but it is: Does this make sense? haha and by that I mean are these good ways to travel or am I not making any sense? lol
What are some good places to stop on the way there and the way back looking at the cities and routes that we travel to?
What car would be better for us? A 2010 Mazda 3 or a 2008 Honda Odyssey?
Not much planning has been put into this yet, but we are all determined to make this trip happen so we plan on putting a lot of effort into our plan.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help!
p.s. if anything I wrote didn't make sense it's because I'm dead tired haha
Edit: We have around 3 weeks
Also about hotel info... Do you need a credit card to book a hotel? Also is 18 an year old ok for booking a hotel?