greetings! i'm new to this forum and would be greatful for any advice and suggestions. my 14 year-old daughter and i are going to take a cross-country road trip starting july 1, 2005 and must return to los angeles by july 16 or july 17. preliminary planning (based on our wish list) looks like we'll be taking a semi-northern route to new york and then going down the coast and hitting i-40 back west. i would like to try to spend less than $100/day (lodging - hostel? - food, gas, etc)...
this is our preliminary itinerary:
jul1: still trying to figure this one out...
jul2: still not sure of this either...
jul3: we'd like to make it to mt rushmore before the end of the day (to see their fireworks display) and spend the night somewhere nearby
jul4: chicago? (staying with friends)
jul5: day in chicago
jul6: cleveland (may be staying with friends)
jul7: nyc (staying with friends in queens)
jul8: day in nyc (taking a few days break from driving, since i am the only driver on this trip)
jul9: day in nyc
jul10: dc - staying with some friends in DC -
jul11: day in dc
jul15: grand canyon
jul16: drive home
jul17: drive home
any advice (routes, rest stops, gas stops, good and/or cheap food, places of interest, scenic and/or faster routes, etc) is very welcome and much appreciated. i look forward to hearing from you!