My wife and I (27yo) will be flying into LA around the 15th of May, and have 6 weeks to see the USA! The only restriction we have is we need to be in Manchester TN on the 13-16th of June for Bonaroo.
So far the very basic plan is:
Los Angeles 2
San Francisco 3
Yosemite National Park 1
Sequoia & Kings 0
Las Vegas 2
Grand Canyon 1
Route 66 to North Texas 2-3 (Stop at random places)
San Antonio 1
New Orleans 3
Manchester 3 (Bonnaroo June 13-16th)
Great Smoky Mountains NP 0
Blue Ridge Parkway 2 (stop at random spot)
Washington DC 1
New York 5
This plan gets us to Manchester 7 days early. So basically we have a week to spend elsewhere. We would really love to see Seattle so were thinking we could fit that in that week, but I am open to suggestions for spending more days elsewhere.
Is the best spot to hire a car in the above plan in San Francisco? We would probably need it until Washington/New York. Is it difficult to park/drive into the US cities I have listed?
We were thinking about attempting to camp as much as possible as well, but also want to see quite a few cities. Is it possibly to camp outside cities and drive in, or would it be easier to stay at cheap hotels. We would like to keep it cheap :)
One final thing we would really love is to see a basketball, baseball and/or NFL match during our stay. Any recommendations on the best places for each?
We are very open to anything suggested and appreciate any information given.