Me and a mate are from the uk and are wanting to road trip across the states for about 5 months or so starting may 2011. We already have a rough idea of where we want to go and which states we want to visit. The route we have mapped out is;
-start in san francisco
-down route 1 to LA
-from LA to Vegas
-Vegas to Arizona and the grand canyon
-through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to New Orleans
-up the Mississippi to Memphis
-through Tennessee visiting Nashville and Knoxville
-from Tennessee up into Viirginia
-up through Virginia to Washington DC
-then to New York going through Baltimore, Newark and Philadelphia
After New York we are thinking of heading up further to either Boston or Vermont and are also thinking of missing out LA and going straight to Vegas through Yosemite National Park.
Any advice and from anyone who has done this routes, a similar one or parts of it would be more than welcome. Any great little towns/places along the way? Should we buy a car or rent one? Will 5 months be long enough to do it properly without it feeling like we're rushing? How much money should we look at taking?
Thanks very much