My brother and I have planned a 10-week roadtrip from 15 April - 23 June 2012 through the US. We have rented a brand new 30ft RV (which is huge given that it's just the two of us, but we like our space) and plan to drive across the states as follows:
Starting in New York - Boston - Montreal - through Algonquin Park - Toronto - Detroit - Chicago - Indianapolis, then either via Springfield (MI) and Oklahoma City to Dallas OR via Memphis to Dallas - Juarez (or a bit further north to avoid the border) - Tuscon - Phoenix - Flagstaff - Grand Canyon - Monument Valley - Moab - Capitol Reef - possibly up to Salt Lake City/Yellowstone - Zion NP - Las Vegas - San Diego - Los Angeles - Yosemite and finish in San Francisco
We're both drivers in our mid twenties (from The Netherlands) but have no experience driving through the US, especially not in a massive RV. We will be camping on campgrounds along the way, trying to see and experience as much of the country as possible. We are looking for a nice blend of nature (lakes, parks, mountains), great driving roads, small villages with local scenery, sightseeing in cities, famous sites and must-see landmarks. We selected the above route keeping these goals in mind, although we know little to nothing about the areas/roads in between the main cities/landmarks on our way.
Budget-wise, we've calculated we will end up with something in the range of USD 3500 for gas and we have budgeted approx USD 500 per person per week on F&B/sightseeing/campgrounds (not including RV rental).
Does anyone have any advice/thoughts on our trip? Distance, route (any suggestions?), stops/landmarks on the way, method of travel, costs, timing and duration etc..? Any possible issues or restrictions we would need to bear in mind? (for example we know that we cannot bring the RV into some cities, and will have to leave it parked outside the city and take public transport or a car into the city centre). Look forward to your views on this trip.