I am from Australia and am planning on Road tripping America at the end of 2012. I know this sounds like a long time away but for my family it is the only time we have available.
We are a family of five, with a 17 year old, an 18 year old and a 21 year old and the parents (me).
We will have up to 12 weeks from any time between late November through to mid February.
Ideally we would like to see both the East and West coast, staying in Boston for Christmas.
From your experiences and personal knowledge, do you think it would be a better idea to drive across the country? (I do understand that this is 3000 miles in a straight line, siteseeing would exponentially increase this distance). You can understand that we would not want to be spending our whole holiday driving, however.
So perhaps it may be a better idea to have a car on the East Coast, see the places we want to see (namely NYC, 5 days in Boston, Niagara Falls, perhaps even going into Canada, as well as spending around 5 days in Maine), and then from there fly across to Los Angeles, and hire an RV and do the RV stint on the West Coast?
On the West Coast we would like to go to LA, Disneyland (naturally), Las Vegas, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon etc.
Any ideas on other must visit destinations would be appreciated, as well as cost estimates :)
Thanks in advance,