Hey everyone..I'm 23 years old and it has always been my dream to road trip the US. Summer 2011 looks like it may be the perfect opportunity as I will quit my job that I dislike in a part of the US that is boring. I will begin to look for work, probably in NYC, after this epic summer. This will probably be my last chance at this so I gotta go for it, right?
Here are the details. Me and one friend will be leaving NYC around the beginning of June and head out to Portland, Oregon where my buddy lives. The plan is to pick him up, buy surf boards and to road trip the west coast and learn how to surf the whole way down and stay with a friend in San Diego for a few days. If we get courageous we may even venture down through mexico to cabo, which is probably a terrible idea.
The reason I'm posting on this site is for a good route from NYC to Portland. The goal is not to get there as quickly ad possible but to get the full experience. In other words, what cool places should we stop to see that aren't too far out of the way. Also, we will be 23 and 22 year old bachelors who would like to party with as much beautiful women as we can. However, we would also like to see nature and visit some national parks. Obviously we want to hit up the grand canyon and ride donkeys and las Vegas but I think that's manageable once we get down close to LA after we already get to Portland. I'd imagine we'd sleep in the car a lot, camp or go to cheap motels. Money is not a problem. I should have between 33k and 37k saved up by next summer. My friend however may be broke so we decided that we can craigslist some odd jobs and work for a day or two. Obviously, if this doesn't work out, I will be able to spot him. Anyone have any experience with this? The point I'm trying to make is that I want to do this right and not cut corners but to also have a decent amount of money left when we get back. How much would you say it will cost me?
-quick route across but not too quick
-party but also experience other things
-do it right as this may be my last opportunity
-money is not an issue but I don't want to go broke
-can use whole summer if that's what it takes
I apologize for the length and appreciate if anyone has any cool ideas, tips, routes, suggestions or anything else they want to share. Thanks in advance.