I am planning a 6-8 week trip summer 2006 and I would like to visit 3 friends, one living in Cleveland OH, another in Seattle, and the last one in Los Angeles. I will be leaving from Montreal, QC in Canada.
I was thinking of either renting a car (in the US) or buying a cheap car (in Canada), driving first to Cleveland, then accross to Seattle and finally down to LA. After that, I was thinking of driving back up via the historic route 66 or somewhat farther up north.
I have budgeted about 1000usd a week (or 140 a day) for car rental, gas, lodging, food and the odd site or museum. (I actually made an excel spreadsheet to be able to play around with the figures...)
Any specific recommendations of sites to visit? Does my budget seem reasonable?
One of my concerns about Route 66 is that I would be in Arizona and New Mexico around August or September? How hot should I expect it to be? Would I be better off delaying by a month?
Anyhow, thanks in advance for any ideas or recommendations.