So me and my brother will be taking a 28 day trip from NJ to Bellingham, WA. We would like to take a southern route and spend alot of time on the coast line and in the national parks/mountains. We have reserved a Chevy Cobalt with Hertz for June 19th-July 17th for $1273. Its a one way trip and we already have plane tickets home so the budget need not worry about that. We have $3000 total saved so far and hope to have $5000 saved by the time the trip arrives. Should we be overstepping our selves the first thing to get cut would be the time closer to the east coast. A southern and western explorations is what we are looking for. We will be avoiding most cities and focusing on camping/hiking national parks and camping on the beach. Can anyone offer advice in terms of route selection or budget or anything? Any ideas at this part of the planning process would be much appreciated!
Our initial budget breakdown is this
Car rental - $1273
Car insurance - $924 (could be eliminated if it works out with me trying to get insurance through the mastercard I just applied for)
Gas - $600-900 (est with $3.00 per gallon over 7300 miles with gas mileage variables of 25 city-37 hwy)
Food - $840 (30 bucks per day avg)
Camping/Lodging - $560 ($20 bucks per night campsite avg but will prob be offset with a few days sleeping in walmart parking lots)
National Park Pass - $80
Tent - $80
Habachi Grill - $30
Other supplies procured for free from parents house
Tolls - $300
Here is the rough route we would like to take.