so myself and my partner have been planning a USA rt over the last few months. We have mapped out a 3 month trip that does a national parks loop in the West, then over to Colorado, down to Texas and across the south coast to Florida, then up the east coast into Canada (breifly, Montreal) then to Chicago, and across to NYC. We have no real idea whether this is way overly ambitious or not... ? (we are Australians)
But my main HUGE stumbling block is the car rental. It is going to be unbelievably expensive, considering the length of time as well as an exorbitant one way fee charge, and all insurance coverage. We are VERY unsure of whether to go direct through a company or with a broker..... have heard bad things about both routes.
Mostly, we want to see national parks, like Yosemite and Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park etc, but as far as I can tell, access to many parts of these parks is on UNSEALED roads, is that correct? Particularly for camping? As we are bringing a tent and intend to camp cheaply if possible for most of our trip. We are aware that driving unsealed roads VOIDS rental contracts and insurance, meaning you could be liable for huge damages if you have an accident on such a road. That is terrifying and I really DON'T want to break the rules of a contract, but I imagine that if you can't access many of the national park areas of the US without driving on unsealed roads, most people DO break the rules? Otherwise how to non-US citizens see the National Parks or camp etc.. ? Are there companies that DO allow you to drive unsealed roads?
We went on a road trip around New Zealand and had a terrible experience, and we're both pretty jittery about this, to the point we feel like we want to call the whole thing off.
Any advice would be so greatly appreciated!!!!!
Thanks in advance for any help!
- Tess and Dylan