My husband and I are planning a 3 week road trip this summer. We live in Scotland (me: American, him: Scottish) and I have not lived in the States for over 15 years (so I'm not sure anymore on what we are going to find). We have a few questions and are hoping this forum is the perfect place to find the answers. Our route: from Peoria, IL to Pennsylvania and Upper New York, then back again. We don't have to be in a specific place at a specific time. We would like to just drive when we want and stay when we want. And if we only go 50 miles in one day, fine! We would like to just let the mood take us. If we feel that we would like to stay in a place for a couple of days to rest or really discover an area, we can. And the other side of the coin, if we find a place is not for us, we can move on and easily find a place just up the road. So the first question is:
1) Can we do this without making any reservations in hotels? We would like to stay in more independent hotels/motels. Are there still Mom-and-Pop type hotels around? Are there still these small motels in small towns or have they been taken over with big named, cookie-cutter type places. Will most small motels have refridgerators/microwaves? Is breakfast included at most places?
2) Is a $150 budget per day reasonable? We are talking gas, hotel, food and entrance fees? We are renting a mid-sized car. We are thinking of taking a cooler and getting sandwich making stuff for lunches. Then for dinner, we are looking at sharing a meal, since American portions are so much bigger than we are used to here in the UK.
3) Do small towns still have laundramats that we can use?
4) Is wi-fi available in most areas?
Thank you so much for your help