My husband and I are planning a road trip in Spring 2007. Here's a very rough plan:
March 21st.- flying to Chicago. We've both been there twice, although not together. I like the city, the husband could care less about it, but it's a good starting point for us and that's why we'll land there. We'll drive all the way to California on Route 66, with a detour to Santa Fe.
San diego (where my husband's brother and his family live)
Las Vegas around April 16th-19th for a conference
San Francisco and up the coast to Seattle
Montana, Wyoming, Colorado
June 14th - returning the car in Chicago, taking another car which we'll return in New York City 14 days later (the rental company does not rent for a longer period than 56 days and drop-off charges in the middle of nowhere is too expensive, hence the return to Chicago).
We're not quite sure how we'll drive to New York - either via Canada and the New England coast or via the Tri-State area.
Pretty ambitious, I know, but we've been talking about this road trip pretty much since our first date, almost 6 years ago :^)
We plan to sleep in cheap motels, truck stops, camp grounds and on friends' floors and couches, visit both big cities and nature resorts. We'll have AAA, NPS and student cards (any other discount cards we should know about?).
This will be my husband third time in the US and my 4th but our previous trips were quite different than this one. We've got a couple of Route 66 books and guides and a bunch of official state-issued visitor's guides and a friend should provie us with one of the 'off the road' sort of guides. Nevertheless, We'd like to buy a more 'traditional' kind of guide. Lonely Planet is always a default choice but we found some flaws in it both in Cyprus and in Germany. Has anyone had an experience with LP USA or perhaps with another guide?
Thanks in advance