I am planning on taking a 2-3 week road trip at the end of August. I dont have anyone willing or able to come with me so this will be a solo trip which is okay with me because I think it will be somethng that I will enjoy either way. I'm planning on travelling from Toronto to southern Utah/northern Arizona because I've always wanted to go to the southwestern desert states. I then want to take a southern route to Atlanta and then up I-75 back home.
So far I've figured I will need 2-3 weeks for the journey and around $3000 for food, lodging and gas. I'm wondering if this is this a reasonable timeline and budget? For this trip I'm not really interested in doing any sightseeing in any major cities so I won't mind if most of my trip is spent on the road. I will defintely want to take in the natural beauty in Utah/Arizona and do some hiking there.
I don't want to be confined to the interstates and I want to be able to experience 'small-town' rural America. So if anyone has some off the beaten path route suggestions, i would love to hear them.
Also I want to know if anyone has done this type of solo road trip and if it is easy to meet new people?