Hello dear community of Roadtrip America! I have heard from people I met since moving to the US that you are the people to take advices from regarding planing a coast-to-coast trip.
The premiss as follows: I came to LA for 2.5 months to work, I bough and old car so I could survive LA (a well maintained 100k mileage 98' Volvo S-70 from someone I know) and thought 'Hi! I can use this toy as a film student in Boston and already spent money on the car (which I will lose substantial amount of it once I'll sell it again) — why not just drive it on. That is how came the idea for a coast-to-coast roadtrip, which I hope starts out of kind of a necessity (transporting a car) and will turn to a crazy fun times.
I want to share with you the little I got so far and use your wisdom and experience on if and how I should approach this trip.
So what I know?
1. I have 12-14 days — mid to the end of August — to get to Boston.
2. I will most likely will have 2 more drivers with me.
3. I started guessing a preferable route. As I'm trying to enjoy this trip I tried to choose places I wanted to go and see — but because I know nothing about roadtriping and little about the US, I might have chose unwisely. I thought building the stops and the route around this three cities: Austin, New-Orleans, Nashville ; and I thought I can try and find cool stops between LA those three and Boston.
4. I am traveling on a budget. I know roadtriping isn't a cheep thing. But as a student I will have to stay creative and find ways not to spend much. I thought I could skip big expensive big cities (except NO and Austin that I really like to visit and Nashville where I'll have where to stay if needed), but sure you have other good advices on how to travel economically smart.
So what I think I need to know?
1. I guess I have to first decide if you can drive 3500-4000 miles in less than two weeks and still enjoy yourself. I don't want only to do a roadtrip if it means only to drive all the time, and I want each day to include at least one cool activity besides car games.
* do you think that if I could get get out of work earlier and turn it into a 15-16 days trip, would this be a game-changer that would dramatically improve the quality of my groups trip?)
2. Do you have any suggestions about the route? Does south makes sense in the midst of August? (going south isn't set in stone, and we would consider other routes if they make more sense) How can I smartly fill the big gaps (for holes then cheese right now) I have in my current route. Do you have a suggestions for a reading that could help me decide? or any other creative way to research the matter? maybe any specific suggestions for stops?
We will try to at least partly avoid major touristic attractions and go through a more alternative route - to accommodate the nature of our group.
3. Any suggestions on stuff I would need to prepare for this trip? any technical stuff? maybe regarding my mature car for instance (and how to improve the chances for a smooth sailing)?
4. Again, on how to make this ride cost efficient?
I am only the first stages of preparations so really please I implore you to share any thoughts that can help me start planing the best trip possible.
Thank you all -- really appreciate you reading it, and I'm thrilled to join your lovely community,