Greetings to all fellow travellers!
Been lurking on the forum for a while and have gathered lots
of usefull information, thanks to all posters!!
Me and a friend have finally decided to visit the United States (males, 33yrs., Norwegians).
We are doing the old " coast to coast in a month" thing, arriving in NY the 14th of june, leaving from LA a month later.
The plane tickets are bought but regarding planning we have a lot of work to do.
We do know that we want to see Chicago, we are both architects and visiting the roots of modern steel architecture is a must.
What we really want to do is to experience as much as possible of
the diversity in modern America, from the big cities to the endless agricultural grid of the midwest, from small picket fence towns to the glittering neon lights of Las Vegas, from the lone deserts to the lush forrests and so on...
The route we have in mind is NY-Chicago-Denver-Vegas-SanFran-LA.
Anyone know if this route will give us a little glimpse of what we are looking for or if it is even possible in a month? To be honest I have no idea about what to look for between NY and Chicago or between Chicago and Las Vegas. After reading this forum though it seems that the triangle of Las Vegas, SanFran and LA have a lot to offer so it is probably wise to spend enough time there? (We are not afraid of 15 hour driving sessions if that is what it takes to get us across this huge land)
After browsing through the usuall suspects ( Alamo,Hertz,Budget,Avis etc.)
we realized that renting a car would be a lot more expensive than we first thought, 26 days, one way fee, around 3000$ ( the one way fee alone is usually 1000$!!). Then my friend got a tip about Holiday autos, they would charge us 1800$ for the same trip, with a better car. Sounds to good to be true so I would love it if anyone has some experience with Holiday Autos to share.
Another thing regarding renting a car is the insurance jungle, if someone have information on what you actually need as an european driver in US it would be very helpfull, if that information is easier to grasp than the stuff the renting companys have on their web sites it would be even more helpfull.
Thanks to everyone bothering to read all this and to everyone
posting comments, hopefully I will be able to write a few lines after the trip as well.