We (three friends) just bought an old 1992 Chrysler Lebaron convertible and are looking to make a road trip from NY to San francisco (one way, flight back already booked). We have 23 days, and $1450 each = $4350 total. We plan on camping whenever we can, and prefer to sleep in motels or other cheap posibilities. Not looking for luxury.
From NY, leaving May 20th, we were thinking driving south a little, hop on route 66 and drive that down to the Grand Canyon in about 7 days. Maybe 1 or 2 stops along the way in cool cities near route 66 (any suggestions?).
We plan to camp in the grand canyon national park for two days before heading to Las Vegas where we want to stay 2 days as well. After Las Vegas we want to see Los Angeles and from there on drive to San Francisco along the Big Sur. If at all possible, we would like to visit another national park that's not to far out of our directions. Our flight back leaves on June 13 from San Francisco.
Is this a realistic plan in regards to the following:
Money: will $4350 total be enough for food, gas, tolls, sleeping and fun (visit some attractions and stuff)?
Time: are 22/23 days enough time visit all these cities at the least (New Mexico, Grand CAnyon, Las Vegas, LA, San Fancisco), while maintaining a pleasant drive/sightseeing ratio?
Last but not least: does anyone per haps have any tips for the best route to choose, having a combination of attractive places to stop but also being able to speed up the trip when necesarry so we get to Cali in time? Does route 66 make any sense? We can also fly back from La or Las Vegas if that would be more convenient.
Please give me some advise for our first ever roadtrip through America!
Thanks a lot!