My boyfriend and I are planning our first roadtrip this summer. We have a round trip ticket to Boston with 22 days in the US. We are considering driving to Maine for a few days, and then driving to NYC and Washington DC before heading back to take the flight form Boston. We are renting a car online, and are thinking about a Ford Focus or something similar and cheap.
Does anyone have any good suggestions? Should we cover more states or cities in that amount of time? As we are college students we would like to make this trip a bit cheap - any good advice in this area, and what would be an estimate for hotels/motels per day? I know the big cities are expensive, but we'd make up for that by staying in cheaper hotels when we're on the road. Whats a reasonable budget for food/gas/entertainment per day?
Also, how much should we plan in advance? We'd like the freedom to be spontaneous, but booking hotels in eg. NYC is necessary from home. Should we try to book a m/hotel for each night?
Lastly, are there any good books that cover both New England and the middle states?
Any advice welcomed! Thank you and happy summer holidays.