I'm very glad I found this web site and the forum. Me and my friend are planning a trip throughout the US next year and I'm looking forward to finding some trip tips and answers to the questions which I have. Currently I'm living in Poland but I've spent a couple of years studying in America.
Anyway, it's all in early plans but I'm planning around 2 weeks visit in the US somewhere between March-June of next year.
The first stage of the trip includes a visit in Chicago (2 days) after which I will catch a plane to visit some friends in Little Rock (1-2 days). I think that's the easy part of the trip as I will have a place to stay in both cities, I know them and will simply take a flight from CHI to ARK.
The rest of the trip is a big question mark. My plan is to go visit the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, San Francisco , go all the way back to NY and then back to Chicago to catch a flight back home. Unfortunately as most people I will be on a tight budget. In this case I don't know whether it's all doable so maybe I will need to take something out of the whole idea. I believe starting after the end of my stay in Little Rock I should have a bit over 2k (for 2 people) and 8-9 days to use.
I know there are tons of things to see in all the places I mentioned but due to time constrains and $$$ I will be able only to see the main attractions and anything on the way.
Initially I was planning to rent a car in Little Rock and drive to Arizona and then to California from where I would take a flight to NY. After a 2 days stay in NY I would catch a plane to Chicago and then back home.
On the other hand maybe I should just take a flight from LR to Phoenix and rent a car there to go to California?
I know it all sounds pretty chaotic but as said it's all in early plans. I decided to register here to avoid making mistakes in planning from the beginning.
So what do you think guys?
At which point it will be better to rent a car?
Is it really worth to see LA or should I skip it?
Maybe I should skip the whole California idea and then rent a car to drive from ARK to ARI and see everything on the way? That would save some money, be less complex and I wouldn't be in such a rush.
I will appreciate any of your suggestions and tips for my grand plan.