I am a 22 year old who is trying to plan a 6 week road trip covering all of december and half of january. I am meeting my friend in LAX and would love to do a roadtrip from west coast to east coast so we could both end the roadtrip in NYC. We would rent a car at LAX that we can then drop off in NYC. Now I have quite some family living in the US which means I would love to be able to fit them all in our road trip.
The states or cities we would love to see are California (LA, Sacramento, San Fransisco), Arizona (Phoenix), Washington (family in Seattle), South Dakota (family in Rapid City), Illinois (Chicago), Florida (family in Orlando) and last but definitely not least New York.
This is quite the trip, especially for 6 weeks. So my biggest question is: Is this possible? If yes, that would be amazing. If no, no problem but what might be a better route?
Because we're only 22 I would also love some advice on no too expensive hotels. It doesn't have to be hotels, we would love some fun B&B's or any fun, unique places to stay the night.
Because my friend is a good piano player and sports fan I was wondering if anyone knows some fun music-piano/sports related places/museums/events in any of these states.
I think I covered pretty much all of the topics I'm still struggling with (pretty much everything). All tips are welcome!