Hello all- I always get linked to these forums, and there is always great stuff here, so I finally got around to registering.
I'm looking for some advice, opinions, insight, or whatever from whoever wants to give it.
My good friend and I have been talking for quite some time now about seeing the entire country this summer. He has a fairly new jeep wrangler that we are planning on taking. The theme we are going for is to take the country in at our own pace, and for as little money as humanly possible. We are both the types that don't bore easily, and can be generally entertained by wandering around someplace cool, or spending a few days screwing around in a forest somewhere. We really don't want to ruin this sort of rambling spirit by planning TOO much, but I've thought through a general route.
Start in Boulder, CO (we live here) ---> Yellowstone Natn'l park ---> Washington (British Colombia?) ---> down the coast of California ---> Arizona ---> Texas ---> the south via Georgia ---> DC ---> New England ---> Quebec ---> Chicago ---> Back to Boulder
Is this a good route? Any suggestions for stuff to see? nice places to camp out for a bit? relaxed, laid back towns along the way? places with the best music scenes? incredible natural wonders? We know we want to buy some surfboards and try out the surf bum life for a while while in California. We also want to hike around as much as possible and climb some mountains maybe.
General cost by my not in any way scientific calculations is around 1000 bucks each for gas? Not sure what to factor in for lodging, as we are comfortable just throwing up some hammocks, a tent, or just sleeping in the car. We both have relatives and friends across the country to stay with in numerous towns, and we are going to give "couchsurfing" a try.
As far as time goes, we don't have any real constraints, and plan to be gone for a good chunk of the summer. I was thinking about a month to a month and a half.
We are both easygoing, love everything about life types of dudes. I am not worried about ever being too bored anywhere, and we both don't ever buy much. This is simply a HUGE adventure and don't want to jump in before I've thoroughly thought stuff through. Any help would be greatly appreciated.