I'm planning a roadtrip in July or August with a friend and since this will be my first roadtrip in the Southwest I have a few questions :

Do you know the usual rates for taking a shower in a truck

Is it safe to go out in gay bars in the Southwest I heard people are really homophobic?

I heard Chicago is a very dangerous city, so I guess it
wouldn't be a very good idea to go out in a jazz club? If it's not true, do you know any great jazz club in Chi?

Do Hostels, motels and Camping really respect their posted rates in AAA Guides or other publications?

Where are the best swimming spots between or in San Francisco and L.A.?

What Interstates or routes should I avoid or go absolutely?