Hey I'm planning to take a road trip with my friend from the UK. It's my first one but I'm doing a lot of research and forum lurking trying to figure out just how to go about it. I'm personally into Natural Wonders -- things I can hike in, look at, climb, walk to, admire -- I'm really trying to go for a really "Natural" road trip. Grand Canyon would be incredible to have in the trip, but I'm also not one who really cares about "Seeing certain things" --- like it's not a big deal for me to hit all the "essential" landmarks. I'm really just trying to travel the country and see some incredible natural wonders. Any recommendations for my first path I should take across country?
My second question is that I'm debating whether or not I want to buy or rent a car. I used to have a car, but no longer. I'm 21, and I've read that renting really spikes up when under 25. I've never been in any accidents or anything like that though, if that matters. Also, when Google searching "rent a car road trip" the first topic that comes up is one which the OP can't seem to find a single place to rent a car for a road trip (which is also how I found this forum).
I'm nervous that if I just rent a car then go on a massive road trip they'll give me loads of fees or sue me or something crazy.
The other option is buying a car, but the last thing I want to do is buy a crappy used car that breaks down on me in the middle of Oklahoma.
Advice in general? I'd appreciate great links to guides. I've been reading a lot of them, but I just would love some more advice and I'm all ears.