I am in the relatively early stages of planning a trip for my partner and I in 2012. We're both Australian and wanting to do a "great american roadtrip" for our next big holiday.
I've been to the US a few times before and done quite a bit of traveling by train (I've done the entire west coast by train, as well as NYC, DC. In a feat of madness I also caught the train from Chicago to San Fran).
My partner on the other hand has never been to the states, so we have to make sure we see NYC, DC, and Vegas just so he can say he has :)
The only cities that are on our "must do list" is NYC, DC, and Vegas. I'd prefer smaller towns and more time to see middle America than spending too much time in big cities because I think after a certain point most cities look the same. We are both eager to spend some time in the south but apart from that don't really have much of an idea of what is achieveable in the time we have.
The idea at this stage is to hire a car (we're over 26 and 27 so hopefully the hire won't be too ridiculous!), do a big transcontinental loop from LA. I notice that quite a few people on the forums have said that a "loop" is doable in about a month. We are hoping to have 5-6 weeks.
What is the most popular "loop" route?
I'd love suggestions about "must see" places/experiences.
I know that most of you are probably locally based - but any suggestions about the best option for hiring a car (we'd prefer an American made car if possible) would be helpful.