Okay, so me and two friends plan on a trip to Cali and back starting from Philly. We want to camp mostly, but cheap motels some rainy nights. Not sure on the car exactly, probably a small car but that's not an issue as we're used to long car rides. Probably drive 8 hours-ish a day. Cook our own food as much as possible, you know, be cheap lol. I have two main questions, and any other advice is appreciated! -around 20-30mpg for the car
1. How much money would it take for gas/food/campsites(or motels) alone, while being cheap as possible? (just necessities)
2. What are good stops from PA to CA, although we might go north to Washington and work down the West Coast?
Now, we've never taken a trip like this before but are 100% committed and have the means and ability to take this trip. Everything is situated. This trip would be taken in mid-july of 2014. Before I leave for college and before my friend moves out of his house. My friend will be 20 and me and the other person(not sure exactly who yet) will be 18 most likely. We want to camp as much as possible unless a storm or something comes through, then we will stay in hotels. Any advice, past stories, etc. are much appreciated!