So my family moved from Florida to British Columbia and have offered to pay for gas if I drive their car up for them. I finish my finals in Montreal, QC on May 4th and am flying down with three of my best friends from highschool who all live in Vancouver but are attending McGill with me. Airtran Tickets from Buffalo to Pensacola were $99 so this is easily the cheapest/ most fun way for us all to get back to Vancouver. We plan to spend most nights in tents to save money; also I get employee discounts at Hiltons and Holiday Inn related hotels ($40/night). So when we crash in a big city we will stay in a nice hotel for $10 each. We are recently 21 so we can enjoy meeting locals in bars along the way.
Start -> Pensacola, Florida, USA (Leave on May 10th, 2010)
Midway -> Los Angeles, California, USA
Finish -> Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Arrive before June 1st, 2010)
~4600 Miles Including all the Secondary Stops
New Orleans (Bourbon Street)
San Antonia or Austin (Texas Culture/Bars)
Arlington/Dass (Six Flags)
Ohklahoma, Kansas, Colorado (See the Midwest)
Colorado Springs (Nature Hike/Camping)
Santa Fe (Walk in the Dessert)
Grand Canyon National Park (White Water Rafting/Camping/Sight Seeing)
Las Vegas (Gambling/Drinking)
Las Angeles (Fancy Club/Rave/Nightlife)
San Fransisco (Friends/Nature)
Vancouver (Friends/End Trip)
Points of Interest:
Grand Canyon (Essential Tourist Destination)
Joushwa Tree Park (Go on a walkabout in the desert)
Driving up the West Coast (I want to see the ocean as I drive)
Bars (We all love meeting randoms in bars so this will be a great way to meet locals)
House/Electro Music Shows (Coming from Montreal we all love Electronic music)
Campling Sites (Save money and be closer to nature)
Swimming (Lakes, Rivers, Waterfalls, Etc...Very Important as we wont shower the days we camp)
Small Hikes (We want to see all the natural angles of the the US and its varied climates)
Route 66 (After a dozen or so roadtrips I want to drive a stretch of this famous road)
??*Anything Else You Can Think Of*??
2007 Toyota Camery (Sports Edition)
Plan on averaging 82/MPH for the 4600 Miles.
I'm guessing this will mean 7 "Driving Days" of 8 Hours Each. This is very flexible however.
New Tires. Tune Up.
Driving Days will start at 8am and go till the afternoon (3-4ish)
2 Double Sized Tents
4 Sleeping Bags & Foam Mats
4 Backpacks of Clothes & Toilitries(Two with Camel Backs for Hikes)
2 Nice Flashlights
Large Refillable Water Cooler Thing
Spare Tire & Jack
iPod Full of Essential Mixes
Road Map Of the USA (We are not brining Mapquest maps or anything like that. Takes out the adventure)
??* Am I Missing Anything *??
Oats & Protein Powder (Cheapest/Healthiest Meal So We never have to be hungry)
Gatorade Powder (Electrolytes!)
Beef Jerky (I want to buy this bulk though becuase its $$ and I always eat so much on the road, haha)
Breakfast will be Oats & Whey (~$1/person/day)
Lunch probably Cheap Diners and Such Types of Road Food (~$7/person/day)
Dinners will Range from LA fancy to Cracker Barrells (~$12/person/day)
Sub-Total -> ~$20/person/day
Total -> $400/person (Sound Reasonable?)
8 Nights in a Hotel fror $40/night = $10/person/night = $80/person
Six Flags = $50/person
Camping Sites = $20/night = $5/person/night = $60/person
National Parks = $20/Person (Pass)
Gas = !! Free !! (Moms Paying for it!!)
Concert/Club in Austin/LA/San Fran/Seattle = ~$50/preson
Alcohol = ~$170/person (This could be significantly lower but I know how bar tabs can add up)
Sub-Total -> ~$250
Grand Total Costs -> ~$730 per person
So are we crazy? If you have any tips or have made a similar trip please tell me what roads to use/avoid where to eat/see/party/etc. This is a once in a lifetime kind of thing so I want to make the most of it and see every aspect of the US we drive by. I want to remember elelments of each culture we drive to and use it to broaden my horizons.
Thanks so much!!