My friend and I are planning a roadtrip for September / October next year (2015) I basically need some advise, the internets good and everything but being from England, I thought a bit of advise from some locals would be far better!
Our route is currently, (this could be a few miles off we're using roadtrippers.com to plan the route)
Fly from London to New York (or maybe somewhere near by depending on the price)
New york to Washington
Washington to Chicago
Chicago to Iowa
Iowa to Nashville
Nashville to Memphis
Memphis to Alabama
Alabama to New Orleans
New Orleans to Houston
Houston to Dallas
Dallas to Roswell (along the route 66)
Roswell to Phoenix
Phoenix to Vegas
Vegas to LA
LA to San Francisco
Then fly back to New York and fly home.
According to our calculations it's a 5452 mile route and we should set aside $936.00 for gas.
We're going to be hiring a car and sleeping in motels - how much should be budget for this?
We will also be stopping at attractions, places of interest etc on the journey & accounting for getting lost (which will no doubt happen once or twice) I'm assuming the gas will be significantly more than predicted.
We have no idea how much to budget for food either.
So all in all, how long do you think this road trip will take (we want to see things and get a real feel of the USA not just do the route in as fast as possible) we were thinking around 4 - 5 weeks?
How much money should we ensure we have on us (we'll probably add a few hundred on top as a cushion for emergencies).
Any feedback would be brilliant!