Hi everyone :)
My partner and I (24 and 25) are planning a 6 week road trip across America mid way through June and all of July. We are from New Zealand and it will be our first time visiting the USA.
We both have very wide interests - we enjoy exploring cities as well as doing more adventurous activities such as hiking, scuba diving etc. We really want to cover all the big cities and also get a flavour of the South!
Our rough plans are as follows:
Fly into San Fran - 3 nights
Yosemite National Park - 1 night
Monterey - 1 night
Down the Pacific Highway to Los Angeles - 2 nights
Las Vega - 3 nights
Grand Canyon - 2 nights
Phoenix - 1 night
Albuquerque - 1 night
Sante Fe - 2 nights
Amarillo - 1 night
Oklahoma City - 2 nights
Dallas - 2 nights
Memphis - 1 night
New Orleans - 2 nights
Panama City Beach - 1 night
Orlando - 2 nights
Miami - 3 nights (we will be going a week cruise of the Bahamas/Caribbean departing from Miami at this point but this is not included in the 6 week timeframe of the road trip)
Once we are back from the cruise we would fly to Washington DC (2 nights) and take a train to New York City (4 nights) and fly to Chicago (4 nights)
I also have relatives in Toronto (4 nights) so was hoping to fit in a good few days in Toronto
I would really appreciate any comments or suggestions. We have only started planning so the above plan is very flexible.
I have a few more specific questions also;
- We are going to be on a relatively restrictive budget - would you suggest renting a car or an RV to take this trip? Any suggestions regarding the most economic rental company would also be great. I have also had a look at the buses which seem very reasonable - I realise this is a road trip forum so people are unlikely to suggest buses as the better option but any comments welcome.
- My partner is very keen to get along to some sports games (NBA, NFL or baseball). What are the best cities to do this in and is it very expensive? It would be cool to even go along to some high school or university games.
- Are there any festivals or events around this time that we should not miss?
- Does anyone have any clue how much we should account for, for gas? I understand the trip I've outlined above is approximately 5,000 miles, plus inner city travel. Petrol is pretty pricey in New Zealand but I understand that it is a lot cheaper in the USA.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this post :)