I've been reading some of the fantastic advice and ideas over the last few weeks on this forum, so I think it's time to post our itinerary so we can get feedback from the experts and really get down to the nitty gritty of budgets and things to see.
My girlfriend and I (26 & 24) will be arriving in LA mid July and leaving 6 weeks later, again from LA. Our route is currently variable and we're not sure whether to go clockwise or anti so your opinions on that would be great, or if it doesn't matter thats cool too. The clockwise version in LA - San Fran - Yosemite - Seattle - Vancouver then head inland and down through Montana - Idaho - Utah - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Death Valley - LA. Do you think this is too big or possible?
At the moment our budget is looking at US$6500. About $2000 will be going towards the rental and fuel leaving around $700 a week for accomodation, food and things to do/see. We are members of Couchsurfing.org so when in the bigger cities (maybe 50% of the time) we'll be looking at staying with hosts. What do you think of this too?
Now the most important bit, what to see along the way. We are definitely seeing people as opposed to doing people (prefer gorgeous views than adventure activities but won't say no to a small hike of several hours). We obviously have plenty to think about in Vegas, LA, Seattle, San Fran but what can people recommend for Montana, Oregon, Idaho etc. Also what is the best route to do Yosemite and other national parks. LA, Yosemite then San Fran or LA, San Fran then Yosemite? We also like perculiar things too. Sophie found a website of a museum in Oregon that has a real shrunken head and says we have to go :)
Sorry this is so long but I wanted to get as much info as possible for you guys.
Thanks for reading :)
Jon & Sophie