We'll planning on coming over from the England to the US in August for 3 weeks driving. We're flying into and out of NYC and renting a 7 seater mini van for the trip as there are 5 of us - 4 of whom will be driving.
We are progressing steadily on our scheduling - for the most part trying to work out how much time we should be wanting to spend in each location. We've calculated fuel costs (based on $4 - which trust me, is extremely cheap compared to over here!) so theres no issue there.
I feel that we have hit a [road] block of sorts, in that we're not natives to the USA, so we don't have the common knowledge of stores, outlets, government regulations - the sort of things you pick up from growing up/living in a country. I'm not sure if I'm missing any obvious websites to find information about places to see, eat at, drink at and sleep in.
New York - > Washington
Washington - > North Carolina
North Carolina - > Orlando (Theme Park!)
Orlando - > Miami
Miami - > Key West
Key West - > Atlanta
Atlanta -> Tennessee
Tennessee - > Chicago
Chicago - > Toronto
Toronto -> Montreal
Montreal -> Boston
Boston -> New York
I realise there is a lot of stops in there, but we're quite happy to put in the hard work. I've a lot of experience driving the west coast of America, so the east is a new experience for me.
For the major cities listed, I think our plans are fairly good, but any suggestions would be welcome. I really wondered about Tennessee and North Carolina - Any towns recommended over others? It would be nice to find some smaller towns with "real" people.
On a completely different note, I'd been looking into the possibility of taking a day out of driving to camp (tent or cabin) in some of the USA's wilderness - I assumed a national park? The Great Smokey Mountains sounded great, and I'd seen suggestions in the forum for the Newfound Gap Road. It a slightly romantic vision of life in the wilderness, we'd all really like to get away with camping out under the stars with a fire and the suggestion of fishing for dinner came up. I've no idea how possible this is as such things over here are fairly restricted - many rules about fires, camping, fishing and keeping the caught fish. I've checked the rules on the NPS.gov site, but it would appear all too easy - have I missed a catch or three? (pardon the pun) I'm a rather seasoned camper, so roughing it isn't an issue.
Please forgive the long post, I thought some background might be nice.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much in advance .