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    Hello Roadtrip America, very informative site you have here.

    So basically the scoop is myself and two friends are planning out a large summer road trip beginning from Toronto. We want to reach over to the west coast and see Vancouver then go south all along the coast. The main places we want to see along the way are Utah, Nevada, California, Las Vegas and many beautiful sights within those places such as the grand canyon, the desert, various mountains and tourists sights. Then we will be heading all the way East through Texas towards Florida and up North towards New York and finally back home in Toronto.

    I would be glad if someone could help us with some travel information and perhaps a possible route or at least some sights which are not to miss along that travel destination. Also this is what we have estimated so far to make this trip possible:
    -One of the friends owns a car, gas money could possibly come up to how much? guessing possbily 1.5k?
    -We are planning on camping as much as possible along the way, maybe sleeping at a motel once a week just for showering purposes. Is this safe and legal in many areas. For example in the desert if stopping at a baron area and setting up tent are there any dangers or laws to watch out for?
    -Food will be a combination of rations and cheap dining areas.

    In total how much could such a trip cost to be split between 3 people considering we are avoiding lodging costs and spending money on shopping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    .... considering we are avoiding lodging costs....
    In that case you might like to check out this guide to free camping sites.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    -We are planning on camping as much as possible along the way, maybe sleeping at a motel once a week just for showering purposes. Is this safe and legal in many areas. For example in the desert if stopping at a baron area and setting up tent are there any dangers or laws to watch out for?
    Sorry, but you can't just find a "baron area" and set up camp. It is not safe, nor is it legal, anywhere. Every part of the US is owned by somebody, and you will most certainly be trespassing if you move forward with that plan. Your odds of being woken up by a police officer, or an angry, and armed, property owner are rather high. You simply can't do this.

    There are places where you can camp for free. There are areas of National Forest lands where dispersed camping is allowed, but again this is not something where you can just set up shop anywhere. You need to be aware of the regulations of where it is and is allowed, and of course practice "pack-in, pack-out, leave no trace" behavior. It requires a good amount of research, and often checking with a ranger station in the area. Or of course, you can just stick to campgrounds where for $10-25 you'll have much less hassle, plus things like water, trash cans, toilets, and often showers.

    And certainly the site Lifey linked to can show you some of those sites, although be aware that a lot of the places listed are places like truck stops where overnight parking is allowed, where you can't really camp.

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    Your estimate for gas seems reasonable, but then again we don't what mpg your vehicle returns. You can use the RTA fuel cost calculator to get a clearer idea, but don't forget to add extra mileage for all those little detours every day, they will add up to more than you think. An 8500 mile routed trip can easily turn into 10,000 plus miles.

    There are just to many options to suggest a "possible route" on a trip of this size, but you will find plenty of info searching the forums and you can create routes and search attractions in the Map Centre. When you have some dots on the map we can certainly help to fill in some blanks.

    As for your budget, that's another tough one, but being on the road always costs more than you plan for [well almost always] and especially when you are looking for 'best case scenario'. You would need to make sure the car is serviced and that you have emergency funds for any repairs you might need, a failed alternator, starter motor, electrical fault or just a new tyre following a blow out can all eat into a budget. Roadside recovery would be a wise investment prior to leaving. As your trip is based upon "how long it takes" then all you really need to worry about is having enough money left to get you home, even if you don't complete the full trip. With the car and gas taken care of and 3 of you sharing a tent site and cooking your own meals I would guestimate that you would need a $100 a day between you to get the basics sorted and any treats you would need to add to that.

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