The two of us plan on driving to Colorado from Central Florida this July. We will be using a 4 year old hatchback and a Magellan GPS system. This will be our first road trip, advice for planning? There's so much information, much of it outdated and kind of disorganized, IMO... Where can I start?
We want to drive 12 hours and stop in Chattanooga, TN. Next day: continue to Topeka, KS and stay with a friend for a day or two. Finally, complete the grind to Denver, CO. If there's any money left over, we'll use it for state parks or driving. Our goal is to do scenic driving, and no touristy stuff. We're already researching places to see, routing out scenic drives and such. We don't plan on getting hotels, eating out, doing anything over $20 if we can help it. We'll buy food at the grocery store and pack a cooler. We want to camp. We're researching and looking for boondocking areas/free sites. We estimated it could cost roughly $400 in gas alone, round trip. Our budget is $1100 right now. Is this possible? We're willing to rough it.
Anyhow, I guess I'm looking for advice on how I can feel better prepared... Thanks in advance!