Me and my girlfriend plan on going to Los Angeles not this summer but the next. We plan on making it very special, something that we both will enjoy. We live in Kansas City. We want to explore, not go and came back the same way. We are choosing Los Angeles as our destination because we both want to see how it is there to see if we like it because we plan on living there after college. I hope it works out. But back to the road trip. We plan on taking 1 month + so we were wondering how much money it would cost. Not including car rental. Just food, entertainment, gas, and hotel. We want to stay in a not run down hotel. With good quality. We want to visit parks. EXPLORE on our way too and from there. What route is the best way to go. Not to isolated or with bad areas. Is $5000 sufficient? I was thinking up north to San Francisco and then coming down to Los Angeles. I need Ideas. I don't know much about road trips since I have never been on one. Thanks to everyone who has any suggestions.