Iím in the early stages of planning a roadtrip across the US with a friend. We are two girls from New Zealand, currently aged 20 and 21. Our roadtrip is definitely a distant dream at the moment, as we are under no illusions that it will be a costly endeavour! We will be saving up for a while so that we can afford to do it properly. Our current, and somewhat ambitious, route has us starting in Miami then driving up to New York via Washington DC. From there we plan to go on to Chicago and roughly travel the historic route 66, or what is left of it, before veering off to Las Vegas and finally ending in Los Angeles. We intend to do this during the US summer and definitely want to take it at a leisurely pace, seeing the sights, meeting people and getting lost along the way!
Estimation has never been my strong suit, and I know that there are people much more knowledgeable than I am on this subject on this site (obviously), so I am wondering: how many days would be appropriate to take this journey? We will probably end up deciding to add in several extra days in some of the cities we want to spend more time in at a later date.
Another estimation we are interested in is an approximate cost of this road trip. I know that many specifics come in to play with this figure and that these costs may be very different in the future, but Iíd like to have at least some idea of how much to save up, and would rather err on the pricier side, and not be surprised later! At the moment Iím thinking the main costs will be plane tickets, car rental (and everything that includes), petrol, accommodation and food, but I know a few others will sneak up on us along the way. If anyone has any idea of how much we should expect to spend, or costs I havenít yet anticipated, please let me know. :)
P.S. Very informative site!