I'm planning a road trip in Spring, flying to Nashville then south-west/west through Texas to California, a little of Oregon, back through Colorado and flying home from Nashville. My main interest's are: country music, seeing traditional America, cruising through the country side, smaller towns and the scenery, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park, Death valley, Billy the Kid and Kit Carson's territory, any other places of interest that may come up plus the odd city I've heard about in song and read about in the 'westerns' in my young days. I'm not big into cities .
I'm retired, therefore not restricted to time, except money! I'm allowing about 6 to 8 weeks for the trip. I wish to visit before the crowds but also avoid any late winter which seems to run into spring in some of the north western states. I will probably be travelling alone. I don't think my friend would put up with me 24/7 for that length of time. One can always be hopeful! Got to get there before age catches up with me entirely!
I own a camper here in Ireland and love that way of life. Naturally my first intention was to rent a camper for the trip. On checking the internet the most suitable is a 2 Bert - Compact C19 having a Ford V8 gasoline engine and seems to average 10 MPG. There isn't a 2 Bert available in Nashville. Only place Denver or Salt lake City even then I couldn't drop it off in Nashville. I considered picking up in Denver then doing a loop from there.
In theory that would be a lovely tour but would take a long time in a camper and would cost a small fortune in fuel. I estimate I will cover 5000 plus miles. Alternatively a car would be faster, less cumbersome also more economical. I realise I have to consider the extra hotel costs as against campsites... I don't want to race around America but it would be useful to be able to get from A to B fast then cruise/stop at my leisure through the nice places.
Now, the outline plan is to fly into Nashville in early April, spend a week or so there then rent a car, explore some of Tennessee and doing the same trip perhaps dropping the car off at Denver early June and flying home from there or perhaps back to Nashville then home. There is a drop off fee of around $500 - I might as well spend it on fuel, lodgings and enjoy a little more of America.
In the process I stumbled across your website and gleaned some useful info from it. I would appreciate your opinion of my plan? Also if my timing (weather wise) is right? Is the distance in that timeframe over-ambitious? I don't have a problem with long hours driving so far ! Also which size car would you recommend for that journey? I think a small engine is OK for short runs but for longer a minimum 2 liter might more economical and comfortable. Max two people (if I'm lucky). Would I need to book a car in advance or will I be able to rent in Nashville whenever I'm ready to leave? From reading your forum there seems to be no need to book lodgings in advance. I prefer it that way as then the trip can be more flexible. I have never been to the States before. Anymore advice will be appreciated. Thanks.