First of all; Great forum! I have read many posts here and gotten lots of inspiration. Thank you all for you contribution on helping fellow road trippers :)
Im planning to do a coast to coast trip and need some advice. I'm from Norway so I'm not that used to travelling in the US, but I have done a couple of road trips on the east coast MA-VA area mainly focusing on exploring the big cities in that area and the historical "countryside". This time I'm planning a bigger road trip mainly focusing on driving and exploring the different aspects of nature and the diversed scenery that a great country such as the US has.
I'm thinking of driving from NY to LA with a rental car and spend around 2 weeks on the road, trying to go a little up and down and touch most of the southern/mid states. Im not planning to stop in any cities, but mainly just enjoying the driving and experience different kind of nature and sceneries on the way from east to west and north/south.
How does this map look like:
Is it doable and enjoyable? Its 7500 km wich is roughly 5k miles. That gives around 350 miles of driving per day if i spend 2 weeks on it. I will be doing the trip by myself, and planning to sleep at motels that I find on the way and sleeping in the car if possible to shrink the budget a little.
I know it's a big detour going up and down instead of stragiht from point A to B but i wanna try and touch as many states as possible and see the differences between west/east and north/south.
How will the driving conditions be driving at the end of this month/beginning of november? I will be renting a SUV. Will there be any problems with snow this early in the year for instance in the mountains in Colorado? Other natural hazards to be aware of anywhere along my route? I'm a quite skilled driver when it comes to snowy and deserted roads (beeing a norwegian) but I wanna avoid trouble if i can, and especially heavy traffic and other things that can slow me down (And I don't like driving with heavy traffic around me either, I like driving peacefully and watching the scenery). :)
How does my plan look like and do you guys have any other advice for a first time coast to coast crosser? I'm bringing a GPS but i wanna try and stick to the main highways as I can find it a bit difficult to manouver on the big and complex road network that you have in the US. Sticking to the main roads also makes travelling go faster, and hopefully makes it easier to get a place to sleep so that I'm well rested when im driving.
Let me know if you need any other information, and I will probably have more questions later :)