I've searched the internet for three days to help me plan a trip and it looks like this forum can help me a ton. I am in dire need of a vacation seeing as I never actually been on a vacation before. I thought a road trip might be exactly what I need. I was never very good with geography so I was wondering if anyone can guide me in the right direction.
Here's my situation. I'm working the next three weeks to make some money for the trip. I'm planning on having $1200 the day we leave. It's me and one other person. I'll be driving a Saturn LS '94; small car and little power. I'm the only driver because she doesn't have a license yet.
We'll be leaving August 10th, and possibly return August 29th, or the 31st, the lastest. We're leaving from New York City. First, she wants to check out Amish country in Pennsylvania. Then maybe go down to Virginia from there. I want to go to Nashville, Tennessee to visit my aunt. And check out some museums in Chicago. I have no idea what is along the way to my destinations.
I want to see some beautiful scenery, so I bought a book of the best scenic routes, but I'm having a hard time piecing it all together. I like seeing how beautiful nature is and I also like to see some fancy bridges and other architecture. I am open to travel the whole country, but I want to focus on east of the Rockies. I want to try and avoid the desert.
One of my main concerns is where to sleep. I was originally planning to just get a room at a hotel or motel whenever we got tired, but camping sounds like a fun idea. Is it legal to just like pull over and set up a campsite, or do I have to stay at a campsite? I've never been camping before, but I just need to sleep for the night and get back on the road.
When I mean I never been on a vacation, I mean like never. I've been working since I was ten, and before I get out of college and get a real job, I want to do this trip. My friend just lost her job, so I easily convinced her to go with me.
I would greatly appreciate any input about campsites and interesting things to see along the rough path I created. I like the idea of a journal so I'll definitely be keeping a journal and sharing it with everyone. And I'll be taking plenty of pictures.
I'm so excited. Thanks for your help.