Hello! I just found this wonderful website in my attempts to plan my first cross country road trip. I would love advice, route suggestions and recommendations for stops along the way. This will be a long message, but any wisdom would be MUCH appreciated.
Some of the details:
My best friend was accepted to Cal Arts for drama, but she's got a phobia of flying, so my boyfriend and I have volunteered to drive cross country with her sometime in mid August.
We plan on renting a vehicle (we are 21, 23, and 24 respectively) but are not sure what kind (space and gas mileage are obviously an issue...but in the end price has a huge say). Where do you recommend we look at renting? This will be a one way trip for all of us. My boyfriend and I will fly back from California at the end of the trip. I would like to find a place that won't charge me an arm and a leg for a one way trip (if possible)!
With three drivers, what kind of schedule should we make for each driver? We do want to make stops, but I would like to optimize our trip as best as I can.
We're going to be starting out in Pittsburgh, PA. We don't have a set trip yet, but I would like to hit Route 66 at some point and I have some places I have in mind like the Chicago, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas , but has anyone discovered any amazing places on the way we should try?
I work, but I'll probably be taking at least 10-11 days off for the trip. With three drivers how long would it take to drive straight through? Once I know that I'll be able to start scheduling in entertainment and sights to stretch that time out. I would really like to spend most of the day driving with either short side trips planned in or one night in places like Chicago and Las Vegas.
We haven't made up a budget yet, but do you know what the ideal amount would be to take? What about roadtripping on a budget? Any advice?
I would like to take as much with us as possible to reduce costs, like food etc. What kind of emergency supplies should I bring? What kind of food stores well for long trips?
I know I'm asking a lot, but if anyone has any advice I'd be absolutely grateful! I have a lot of time before we head out, but I'm a born planner, so the more I know before hand the better.