I am planning a trip with 2 other friends for this May. We graduate college at the beginning of May and plan to go on a 3 week roadtrip around the country following graduation.
Below is a map of the route we plan to take.
Since I don't think my Jeep Cherokee is reliable for such a trip we were planning to rent a SUV from Hertz. Hertz seems to drop the underage surcharge (we are 22) if I join the $60 #1 gold program. It looks like I can rent a small SUV for $1500-$2000.
We are planning to book reservations at cheap motels to try and limit that cost. It looks like I can books motels most places along to way for around $50/night.
We plan to spend most of the 3 weeks out west. We can drive straight through to Colorado taking shifts driving and slow down the pace of the trip from their. We want to spend most of the 3 weeks out west.
I have never been to Colorado but I have always wanted to go there. I would like to tour the Rocky Mountain National Forrest and maybe stop at the Colorado National Monument since it doesn't seem too far out of the way.
In Utah I would like to stop at Arches and Zion. I have never been to Arches and would like to see it. I have been to Zion when I was younger but at the time my family didn't want to do any hiking. I have wanted to hike up Angels Landing and this seems like a good trip to do it on.
We plan to drive from Zion to Vegas and spend a night there at the Mirage.
We plan to drive to Huntington beach area of California from there and spend a day or two on the beach. From there we will drive to San Diego and spend a night there.
From there we are going to drive to New Mexico and visit a friend there, and then continue on to San Antonio, Texas. I have never been to Texas and don't really know what to expect. My friend wants to go there and says it is really nice.
From there we go to Disney World for a day or two to make one of my friends on this trip happy.
We can drive straight home from Disney in a day (24hrs nonstop). I have done this drive with this group of friends before and it went smoothly (from CT to Florida) so I think we get along and can handle long drives well enough to pull this trip off. We each have $2000 to $2500 to spend.
Any recommendations on places out west within a few hours of this route that we should stop at? Does anyone have any better suggestions on renting a SUV at age 22? Do you think this trip is possible? Thanks