My first post in here. This post could get a bit long, but I hope for your help and guidance :)
My girlfriend and I live in Denmark and are planning to travel to the states in April and stay there for three months until end of June/beginning of July.
We're quite sure we end up renting a car although it is a lot more expensive then buying a cheap car. It just feels more secure.
We plan to start the trip in Washington DC and up in San Francisco. I'll just quickly summarize what we're planning to see on the way to give you an idea of what kind of things we're looking for.
We aren't going to just drive across USA from A to B.
So far what we've planned is to go from Washington to New York, onwards towards Buffalo to see Niagara (is it worth taking a little detour to see Kaaterskill falls?), down to Cleveland, Cuyahoha Valley, Amish Acress, up to Chicago, Mount Horeb, Red Wing, Minneapolis, Pipestone, Sioux Falls, Badlands NP, Mount Rushmore, towards Devils Tower, Bighorn Canyon, Yellowstone, down to Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon and Zion NP, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, LA, Yosemite NP and finally San Francisco
I have a map of it all, but unfortunatelly my laptop is broken and can't upload pictures from my iPad.
We've decided to spend maximum 25.000$ on the trip in total.
Since my girlfriend is only 20 years and I'll be 22 by the time we're leaving, only I can drive the car but we still need to pay an Age Restriction fee as well as a one way fee which I so far havent found cheaper then 5.500$ (Hertz).
What we're interested to know is most importantly, is there any thing we just can't miss? And generally if you have some suggestions to sights.
Also, this has probably been asked before on the forum, but is it possible to purchase any national discount card, that could save us some money in National Parks, tourist sightseeings or other places?
And finally, how is our tine schedule? Is 3 months over the top or do we need more time?
Hope to hear from you!
EDIT: Reading through a few other posts it occurs to me that some of the places might be close at the time of our arrival. Would it be better to postpone the whole trip for a month? Starting from May-Late July/Early August