Happy New Year Everyone!!
My Name is Chris, and i'm in the process of planning a road trip across the country for 3-4 weeks starting in mid to late May with 2 good friends. We're all college students in our early 20's. Our main goal is to visit national parks and a few big cities along the way. Our budgets are pretty tight (about $2000-$2500 apiece).
We will depart from Los Angeles headed to Las Vegas and Zion, then up through Colorado, then on to Chicago. From Chicago the plan is to head Acadia national park in Maine, then through Boston, New York, and Washington D.C.. Finally we will end the west coast driving the Blue ridge pkwy down to Chimney Rock, NC. Then from there headed back home. Probably won't stop much from here on since we will be headed through northern Texas, and Georgia, and according to my knowledge probably not much to see there (no offense). We will end our trip in New Mexico stopping in Carlsbad, then finally the Grand Canyon.
I've done some mapping out and we'll probably cover about 7000 miles so my gas cost is an estimated $1000 which will be split 3 ways. For me the biggest question is gonna be sleeping. We all have places to stay in Colorado, Chicago, and Boston. We also plan to do a lot of camping on the way, most likely when we there are campsites. But when we come to those times when we are in between, we just plan on sleeping in the car. I'm driving an SUV so back seats fold down. 2 can sleep in the back most likely uncomfortably, and one in front having to suck it up. We'll definitely switch off every day. But you know, anything to make the trip work, and cheap.
As for the big cities. We plan to stay in hostels, which cost us about $35 a night which is good for us. And as for food we plan to stock up on non-perishable items before we leave, but also getting stuff along the way.
I would really like advice on our budget, which I think is possible and also about places to see, routes to take, how to save money on the trip. We're really good friends and known eachother for about 10 years, and have really never done anything like this before. Really looking forward to it and hoping everything works out. If not we'll probly just plan a shorter road trip, but will be saddened about not seeing the east coast since neither of us have seen it before.
Thanks a lot for reading and for any advice you may have.