Hello everybody! I am super excited to be taking a trip around the country next year, 2016. Originally I was aiming for a summer trip May/June or June/July but I am from Los Angeles and would LOVE to experience Fall (leaves change colors, say whatttt???) so Im thinking I am gonna move my trip to Sept/Oct, what do you guys think? Some of you probably take Fall for granted but I don't know seasons, and they sound amazing!
Second my trip is about big city stops. I am couch surfing via couchsurfing.com (please don't give me the safety talk, I am not 12) and I am taking this trip to experience new cities and meet awesome people form around the country. Landmarks and mountains and National Parks don't interest me too much, Ill stop at one if its on the way but I am more of a city traveler. I am starting (map attached) in LA, up to Reno, Portland, Seattle, Boise (family), Salt Lake, Denver, Oklahoma (family), Memphis, Nashville, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philly, NY, Boston (friends), Baltimore, Charleston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Grand Canyon and end it with a major party in Vegas (yes, you are all invited). I am using furkot.com to map all this out, but I am not married to this route or all of these cities at all, its just a rough plan right now, so any advice on stops/routes/whatever would be GREATLY appreciated. I want to stay in each city about 3 or 4 nights and I am thinking my trip will take about 2 months or so, maybe a little more. Is that realistic?
I have never done anything like this before so any tips or tricks or really any advice at all would be super appreciated!!! I couch surfed in Portland OR (flew there) a month ago for 5 days and had an AMAZING time and met AMAZING people and the trip changed me for the better and that is why I am taking this trip.
Oh and I am traveling solo, if anyone has any financial advice, that'd be awesome too. Couch surfing is free (only have to pay for lodging if I pull over somewhere for a night) but I want to be sure to have extra money to spend on nights out and fun social stuff, plus all the essentials of course.