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    Default Miami - Panama City - LV - LA

    I am in the early stages of prepping for a road trip. I am from Malta. Before searching for rentals etc, I must know what places of interest that include historic/iconic/unique/fun places that are in these states them like in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Keep in mind that me and my friends would like to do this during spring break for some parties, that's why we are going to the legendary Panama city beach etc.

    Also how many stops (Sleeping, visiting places etc) per state do you recommend for a 14-day road trip of this length?

    That's it for now. Thanks for the replies :)

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    Default Spring Break and Other Pleasures

    Merhba! Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There are a somewhat limited number of Spring Break venues that draw the bulk of the college-aged revelers. Fortunately, the first part of your trip will hit a significant portion of them. Starting out, you can just head up the east coast of Florida through Palm Beach, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine and then cut across to continue along the Gulf Coast party sites of Panama City, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Shores, Gulf Islands National Seashore, New Orleans, and Galveston Island. I can't tell you how long to spend at any given location, but if you really plan to do this at the height of Spring Break, you are going to need to make reservations and resign yourselves to the fact that you may not be getting as much sleep as you may think, just due to the fact that everyone around you will be in a celebratory mood.

    But from the Houston area, US-290/US-183/US-84 would take you up through Austin and Lubbock to I-40 at Santa Rosa NM (or other routes through other towns to the same highway) and begin a different portion of your trip. This segment will emphasize the natural beauty and grandeur of America with de rigueur stops at Petroglyph National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Grand Canyon National park, and Hoover Dam on your way into Las Vegas. One cautionary note: you and each and every one of your friends must be 21 to be on the gambling floors of the casinos, no exceptions, no 'just watching'.

    AZBuck

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    Hello AZBuck,
    First of all thanks for the reply.
    We decided to spend 2 days in Miami (1 day to rent a car and prepare for the journey) and then start hitting the beach parties. Also I think reservations must be a must during those days cause of the number of people right?

    When we are partied out it's better to take a relaxing rest of the trip. We love sight seeing as my friend is a photographer and he adores beautiful scenes.
    We also plan to detour into Mojave desert to maybe view some ghost towns. Would that require a 4WD vehicle?

    Talking on vehicles, should we rent a medium-sized SUV or economy car if we are just 2 people. Also does the terrain require off-road vehicles?

    For places to stay in general:
    I think it would be rather expensive to sleep in a hotel in places like Las Vegas right? Should we go for an average motel (I hear good things about Motel 6)? or for a low-end hotel, if there is any?

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    You will not need a 4wd vehicle, and you will be required to stay on paved roads. Driving a rental car on unpaved roads will violate the rental contract.

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    If you are just two people, then there really isn't any practical advantage to renting an SUV. As GLC mentioned, even if you rent a 4WD vehicle, you aren't allowed to take it off the highway. An economy car could work, although for such a long trip, I'd think about getting something a little bigger - like a midsized car - just because a slightly larger car will be more comfortable and have more amenities and usually only costs a couple bucks more per day.
    I think it would be rather expensive to sleep in a hotel in places like Las Vegas right? Should we go for an average motel (I hear good things about Motel 6)? or for a low-end hotel, if there is any?
    Motel 6 is pretty much the definition of low-end motel in the US. That doesn't mean they are places to avoid, it just means that their entire chain is based on low prices and no-frills. Basically, they are rooms with a bed, a shower, and a tv. There are no extras that you'll find at many other budget motels, like a free breakfast or free wi-fi. They will have some of those extras like wi-fi available, but they will require an extra fee.

    Vegas isn't necessarily an expensive place to stay - as there is a lot of competition and a lot of deals can be found. I'd look at some of the older hotels on the north end of the strip or downtown, where prices can be very reasonable.

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    It pays to do your homework. I have stayed at more than one Motel 6 which had free wifi, fridge and microwave in the room, for less than $50 a night. They are not all the same, just as some of the better hotels will vary in what they provide per room from location to location. The only way you'll know is by doing your research.

    Lifey

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    What you will find is this - company-operated Motel 6's are pretty much the same - no amenities. Wifi is extra cost, no fridge, no breakfast, no in-room coffee. They have coffee in the lobby. Franchise operations are free to expand and often do.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. We are currently planning our route, schedule and at which places we are going to stay. This process is probably one of the most time consuming because you have to think for everything. I know that if I have a problem I can come to this forum. Thanks again.

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