My friend and I are planning to come to the states in about a year or so and want to do a massive road trip (I guess that's why I'm on this site!) First off I'll say we're visiting friends in San Diego, Chicago and Calgary, (could they have been more inconveniently placed around the continent!) so that may explain if it's a bit of an odd combination. Now I don't have a lot of the finer details down perfectly just yet, just have a ball park idea floating around in my head.
The route I'd like to take is something like this: start in Calgary, Montana to Yellowstone and Wyoming, Salt Lake City, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Vegas, San Diego and LA. Not sure of the order from here but we'd fly to the East coast and do (in no particular order) Toronto/Niagara Falls, Boston, NY, Washington DC, and Chicago. Then fly back home to Australia. (Yes, another Aussie looking for direction in your country!)
So I guess my questions are:
1. On that rough route, have I left off any major sights along the way?
2. What's the best way to get around the North East area like I described?
3. What's the best way to get away from tourists. Hiking is high on our list of things to do.
4. We'd love to hire a camper van and just drive without much of an itinerary, but will this be a lot more expensive than just a regular car after you take into account accommodation costs and such?
5. Is it generally possible to pick up a vehicle in Calgary and drop off in LA? Or is there a better way to do this?
Thanks so much for any tips or general comments and help you can give. It's really appreciated :)