Hi there, I've just found these amazing forums on the Web and I've spent some time searching through the various posts. There's so much to read!
I'm from the UK, aged 27 with no family or real commitments (as yet), and would like to take the opportunity to get away and experience another country! I'm looking at taking a three week trip across America, probably in a rented car, flying into a city on one coast then flying home from the other coast. I enjoy socialising but I love being on my own too, so it'll probably be a solo trip as no one I know has any money and if I'm on my own I can please myself. I don't get bored easily.
So with the preamble out of the way, I had pencilled in Seattle and New York as my start and end points. I've always wanted to see New York and Seattle not only has Peter Buck's restaurant (of R.E.M. fame), it's also near where Twin Peaks was filmed (hurray). At least I think it is.
Obviously we're at the very early stage here and it'll take me til next summer to save but the more planning I do the better. I also need to set some money aside each month, so a rough figure on cost would be helpful (though very hard to estimate, I appreciate).
I suppose I'm really talking to people who've done this trip... am I right in thinking there's a major road that links these two cities? What scenery can I expect along the way? Any detours of note? I hardly know the US at all. Though I know the Smashing Pumpkins are from Chicago.
I'm interested in music and film, but most of all seeing a variety of landscapes and scenery... not necessarily the famous spots but the miles and miles of unpopulated space that good old England doesn't have.
As far as travel and accommodation go, I'd prefer to have reservations at hotels in place before I go, and as I've said I'll be renting a car and paying for an awful lot of fuel.
I apologise for this being vague but it's still early stages and I thought maybe someone could give me a few pointers. If I give myself three weeks does that give time for a few diversions further south along the way?