First of all, I want to say that I was amazed at all the information available on this site. I found out so much from people who are planning very similar trips to my own. My friend and I are planning a 6 week loop around the country next summer. We will both be graduating from college next spring and we want to take this opportunity to do something before we have to many commitments. We will be starting in Atlanta, Ga., heading to Portland, OR., and then making our way back home. We plan to take the southern route there and the northern route home by way of NY hitting all the national parks and big cities along the way. We will be leaving the middle of may driving a 2003 Impala.
Do you think 6 weeks would be enough to cover this kind of ground?
Is $5500 enough if we plan to sleep in a tent and truck stops, and eat out of a cooler? We are two college guys, so we can tough some stuff out, but we also want to have a nice time. Also, national parks interest us more than a night on the town, so that should help a little with cost.
This one might be kind of weird, but how hard is it to eat out of a cooler. What I mean is, we are going to be doing this over the summer. It seems to me that ice and a hot car might not work so well. Any tips or experience about this?
Last question(for now):
how hard is it to find places to stay around national parks this time of year? I hear that camp grounds get pretty full around june and july. We probably won't know where we are going to stay more than one or two nights in advance, is this going to be a problem?
Thanks for your help, we really appreciate it. Also, if you could think of any other posts off the top of you head similar to ours, that would help a lot. I've looked a lot myself, but there are so many post i know i am missing a bunch of them. Thanks again!