Hello, everyone! A buddy of mine and I referred to this site a lot last summer when we did a driving tour of the West Coast and everyone here was fantastic, helpful and full of excellent advice, and now I'm taking my girlfriend on a driving tour across the country and back again.
It's a relatively spontaneous trip--we've only recently find ourselves with the time and the means and this is something we've always wanted to do. We'll have three weeks at most, and we'll be leaving this Friday (her birthday) so that she might be wined and dined in someplace completely unexpected (the plan is to be back by that first half-week of August--hot weather, I know!).
What I'm wondering is:
1. What advice could anyone give me about traveling inexpensively over such long distances?
2. Can anyone recommend spots along the way? Neither of us are terribly interested in cities so much as nature and odd places that tourists don't often see. The plan is to head out through the north and return through the south.
3. We don't have a very clear plan for the trip other than having chosen some places we want to see (the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Olympic Park, etc.), so any general advice about long-distance road travel would be appreciated.
4. Is there anything else we should be aware of?
Thank you all very much.