Hi all! Itís fantastic to find such a great website!
I am a South African visiting the United States for the first time and Iíve heard that the best way to see the country is via road tripping! I have friends in the states whom I will be joining with, as well as a friend from Mexico. We will be a group of about 7 Ė mostly female Ė between the ages of 17 and 21. We arenít what youíd call ďwild teenagersĒ so attractions like night clubs in Vegas wonít really be our thing. Scenery is better but we donít mind a few museums along the way.
We will be travelling from Dec 13 Ė 24, 2008 (Yes, I know it is winter!). I am looking at travelling in either an RV or 7-seater car and trailer for our luggage. I donít really have an idea of the buying power of a dollar in the states but our budget is between $1000 and $2000 each. I have come up with a rough itinerary, but Iím not too sure if itís possible/ enjoyable in our time frame. Any tips, questions, comments, alternative route ideas would be appreciated! (I will be doing NYC and Florida on a separate trip, so please donít suggest going there for this one.)
We want to start in Washington, DC and end in San Francisco. This is the route Iíve devised so far:
Washington (possible 1 day tour before we start)> Pittsburgh, PA > Columbus, OH > Toledo > Chicago > St Louis > Kansas City > to Denver via just Topeka or Topeka, Wichita and Colorado Springs (not sure if Colorado Springs is worthwhile in Dec) > (we have a choice hereÖ)
1. > Salt Lake City to San Franc or,
2. > via Grand Canyon (at sunset???) to Los Angeles (perhaps a simple drive-through Las Vegas as gambling and dancing girls arenít our thing) and then up to San Franc.
This itinerary doesnít indicate stops (Iím not sure of driving times and attractions along the way just yet), but we will probably be staying at on-route motels or hostels.
I would love to see Disneyland, but as Iíve already said, Iím not sure how long this trip would take and I do plan to visit Florida during the New year. So maybe I should leave it out???
Thanks for any comments! Iím super excited to see the states!!