Hello all fellow roadtrippers! We are a Finnish couple in our late 30's planning our first ever US roadtrip. This forum has been a truly awesome source of info, thanks for that! Since we're newbies, we'd like to hear Your thoughts and advice on our (yet unfinished) plan.
Ok. We'll be arriving to LAX on May 31 afternoon and we'll be renting a small car for the first 3 days in LA. Our hotel for the first night should be near LAX (jetlag, unfamiliar car/streets) so we could start fresh the next morning to explore LA. On Jun 3 we'll be switching to a rental campervan for the next 3 weeks. It's a modified Ford E-150 with a bed, small kitchen, cooler, utensils and what not. For the last 3-4 days we thought of renting again a smaller car for the Miami/Key West part and staying in motels/Airbnb, after returning the van. Flying back to Finland from Ft. Lauderdale on Jun 27, dropping off the small car there.
This is our (very rough) draft for the 4 weeks (3 in the van):
L.A-Barstow/Baker-Las Vegas-Hoover Dam/Kingman-Grand Canyon South Rim-Sedona/Gallup-Albuquerque-Amarillo-Wichita Falls/Arlington-Parker/Dallas-Shreveport-New Orleans-Biloxi/Mobile-Panama City Beach-Orlando-Lake Worth/Coral Springs-Miami-Key West-Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
We plan on sleeping in the camper for the most part (national parks/camping sites/truck stops), and in motels maybe every 3 days (comfier bed/shower/laundry). Our itinerary is quite flexible, maybe a bit more driving on certain days (NM, TX) and chilling on others. The route is not the fastest nor most economical, as we prefer highways to interstates in some parts of the trip. Google maps calculated roughly 3200 miles, which is of course too conservative.
How does all that sound? Not too tight a schedule? Sorry for the long post (I still have a ton of questions!), but let us know Your thoughts - still got 6 months to plan. Thanks!