Hi, just wondered if anybody would care to share any advice/hints/tips/recommendations! My sister and I (22 and 23) are planning to travel from the UK in Autumn - hopefully late September if we can get everything planned and booked in the next few months!
The plan is very basic at the moment, and would be grateful of any advice! Essentially we're looking at joining an escorted tour (TrekAmerica, Contiki or something similar) for a week or two (looking at the NE - NY, New England, maybe over to Niagara Falls), then rent a car for a few weeks or so. A few of the states/cities we have in mind so far (other than New York and New England) are Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, Texas (any recommendations for cities/sights would be fab!), Las Vegas, San Diego, LA, San Francisco... I'll leave it there for now!
As for renting a car, how do under-25s currently stand with surcharges? I know there's a $25 per day charge, but some companies waiver it in favour of a Young Driver's fee. Also, may be a ridiculous question, but are there taxes or fees for each state? I know there are congestion charges in London, and didn't know if there was anything similar anywhere in the US. My sister does the driving here, and I've not driven since I passed my test at the end of 2008, so I'm out of practice. I feel it'd be unfair to expect her to do all the driving, but I don't know whether it would be worth the charges of having an additional driver if I'm a little unsure of my ability.
As some of the destinations are on opposite sides of the country, would it be worth flying? I have no idea what to expect of air fares, so don't know if it's a viable option or not.
Thanks from an excited-but-slightly-in-the-dark traveller,
We were thinking of motels/budget hotels for accommodation - my sister's skin is quite bad so camping has been ruled out. What can we expect to pay for a double room, and would we be better to book innadvance or would we be okay to turn up on the day and ask for a room? I'm usually happier when I've got a solid plan to go by, but this is a trip to just go with the flow, and I would prefer not to be limited by time constraints.