I have been lurking on the RTA forums for a few months now and really enjoyed the advice a lot of you have given people, but now I could use a little bit of my own.
I'll start by giving you a run-down of as much info as I can:
WHO: three 20-somethings
WHEN: 14+ Days
WHERE: starting point Phoenix, ending point New York
HOW: 4-door Sedan
My Uncle out in Phoenix, who flips cars as a side way to make some money, is willing to let two buddies of mine and myself take a car from Arizona and bring it back to New York anyway we deem fit. So our journey will begin in Phoenix right about the middle of August.
So far, we are definitely aiming to do two nights in Vegas (only point where we won't really care about expenses), then proceed to San Luis Obispo where we have a family-friend who can house us for a night. From there, we'd ride the pacific coast highway up to San Jose / San Fran and spend a day or two with a mutual friend there. After that, the only concrete plan is Seattle, where one of us has family that can house us.
At that point, we have a couple weeks (if need be) to do and get to New York as we please. I've mapped out the first leg / West Coast of our trip pretty extensively, but from here we don't really want a concrete schedule, but kind of just want to go, if that makes sense.
The only absolutely necessary thing i'd like to do once heading back east, since we'll be up north in Seattle at that point, is ride the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the Glacier National Park in Montana. As a huge fan of The Shining and Scenic Roads, I'd really like to drive it.
From there, I'd love some suggestions RTA! We have family/friends in Kansas City, Savannah, Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas and some other places, but we don't have to base our travels on their location.
I figure since we have more than a week to get from Seattle to NY, that means we don't have to spend every day driving and can actually spend time at places. Any recommendations?
Also we are really interested in cutting costs. How is it sleeping in your car at truck stops? Safe? Worth it?
Looking forward to hearing some responses.