Hi there guys,
My name is Dan and I'm from israel.
Im planning to circle the USA next month..
I have a few questions which I hope you guys can answer me please..
1. Is it possible to do that in 67 days?? I know it is, but, will I enjoy it? (i know that coast to coast will be nicer, but because some rental car issues, I can't. my main plan is to start the trip from NJ to LA and back.)
2. how much money will be enough for that? (without car rental) I'm planning most of the nights to stay in motels..
3. is there a good site somewhere to plan this kind of trip? or maybe AAA can help me with that issue?
Any information will be great!
Thanks a lot!!
I had once planned such a trip, never found the time to do it. The way I had it planned was as follows:
1) rent car (or drive my own...)
2) stay at camp sites. Most campsites charge $10-$15 dollars a night and they generally have water and showers. What more do you need then a place to sleep and wash up?
3) Cook own food, bring gas burner, or charcoal and BBQ.
4) Only stay in motel/hotels/hostels when in major cities, and they would generally cost $50+ for a room that isn't rented out by the hour... Hostels can be cheaper at $20 a night...
The distance between LA and NY is 2,902 miles. To make the math easier assume you actually get a car that runs 29 miles per gallon. That is about 100 gallons of gas at $3.00 a gallon is about $300 for a one way trip, $600 for both.
67 days at $15 a day in camping is: $1,005 in lodging, will be more if you stay in motels. $3350 for 67 days at $50. Hostels at $1340
Then you have to add food, not sure what you eat and how much you eat but a good rule of thumb is cheapest at $15 a day on just McDonalds (cheaper if you just get hot dogs..) to $30 if you splurge every once in a while.
Add in tours, meuseum fees, souvenirs etc... Most places aren't that bad...
As a route I would suggest you go south through Philly, DC, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Vegas, Salt Lake, San Diego, LA, San Fran, Seattle (maybe Vacouver?), check out the national parks in Wyoming and South Datokoa (where you can visit a decomissioned Minute Man site), Colorado, Detroit, Chicago, (Toronoto?), (Montreal?), and back to NYC. You can also obviously reverse the route.
To drive from NYC to LA straight is 5 days with about 10 hours of driving each day. 67 days is about 10 weeks, so I don't think you'll have an issue doing it. You just have to pick the important places you want to visit. Like Baltimore!
Hope this helps.
What time of year are you planning your trip?
67 days is definitely possible, it will probably take a week or so of just driving time ( just driving time, not stopping to sight see)to drive that unless u really push it. That leaves u 4 weeks to see things...
Cost depends on what kind of hotels of course. also, if u are a camper of backpacker you can really stretch your dollars by camping instead of hotels or do some of each...
ANd what kind of sights are you interested in? Cities or country scenary? what kinds of activities do u like? that all would dictate my suggestions...
so, more information on your likes and dislikes would help me to make some intelligent responses to your post and hopefully be some help...
i agree with lugar's post, tho i would choose a bit different itinerary- depends on your interests tho...if you detial your interests we might be able to suggest an itinerary to match...
And the math in lugar's post seems pretty good- the math for your available time is right- mine was wrong- thats what happens when i do math when i have just awakened lol
First of all thanx a lot of the fast response guys!!
I'm planning to start my trip at June 1st for the period of 2 months and a week.
I'm intrested in everything actually.. hmmm.. let's say 40% city touring and 60% camping?
about the hotels, I'm planning to stay at cheap motels. (but not that cheap, my girlfriend will kill me!)
altough, we are definitely want to pass by main attractions, such as, universal studios (which one is better LA or Orlando?), disney, etc'
I just checked a random Motel 8 in small town Indiana and they were charging $75 a night. Motel 8 is what you would expect for a non-bug infested, no rats, and non-hourly motel. I'm sure you can find cheaper at truck stops and other places. I highly suggest finding a hostel, cause even the best hostel will be cheaper then the cheapest motel and the hostel would be cleaner. However if you travelling with your girlfriend, that may be different, motels charge by room, hostels by person, in the end may be the same for you. East Coast there aren't that many 'good parks', I would hit the cities here, out west there are tons of good parks out there. The route I gave you pretty much covers them if you are willing to zig-zag a little.
Things to consider
1) Look at festivals, for example there is a Jazz and Just for Laughs in Montreal in July. May be other festivals you are interested in? Tailor your itinary to that?
2) Certain things you want to do? White Water rafting- New River Gorge, WV or Grand Canyon. Parties- New York, Miami? Baseball? Rock
'n Roll Hall of Fame? Tomb of Elvis? Whale Watching (of the coast of Nova Scotia and Maine)?
3) Parks, I would have to suggest Grand Canyon (textbook answer), Zion, Yosemite (will be bug infested and crowded in the summer), Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore (consider spending July 4th there??), Olympia Natonial park, Sequoia, etc... All of the good ones are out west.
If you had an August/Sept or Sept/Oct I would suggest hitting New England for the legendary fall foliage.
If you want to save money on alot of these places like Disney World, Universal, etc... there are alot of companies that will give you tickets for a 50% discount (or free). All you have to do is waste half a day listening to some guy trying to sell you a timeshare. What is more important time or money? Oh, in the summer expect every major attraction to be packed.
But as jobdib says, there are many other possible itinaries.
For camping, i love places like Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Grand Teton National park in Wyoming, Yosemite in California. Ther is also the Grand Canyon of course, and Yellowstone...
a particular favorite is driving up the California coast- really spectacular. I once camped on a beach there and woke up to see whales playing in the ocean visible from the tent window!
i would do the center/northern route rather than southern route to cross the country but it is dependent on what one likes...
lots to see in Chicago and New York City...Philadelphia has some history but I prefer Boston...i live near Boston now, used to live in Philadelphia. Was born in Detroit...Detroit proper is not what it was, but there are nice places around it...happy to share more info on any of these places if thats helpful...or plenty of other places too lol
oh, Zion and Bryce!!! Great places! and olymic peninsula and San Jaun islands if u get to WA state...whale watching is good off of Massachusetts too. Smaller parks on east coast, but some are really nice- New Hampshire and Maine for example, I love. Fall is great for foliage, late summer less bugs than early summer, but still warm enough for canoing, kayaking, swimming, hiking...
I swing dance, if u are into that i can tell u good places to go, all over the country...
Florida has lots of things besides orlando and disney...everglades, beaches, etc...
there is Smoky Mt. natl Park on east coast...
many choices !!!!!! wahtever u do hopefully it will be a great experience...
agree with previous post about motel 8 vs hostels- and if u are with gf, hostels are usually single beds and often dormitory situations, if that is important to you...
if u are doing a side trip to Quebec and have enuf time, Forillon , at tip of Gaspe peninsula is great- it is equivalent of natl park in states. Camp sites are by lottery at peak seasons tho, so u could have to camp outside the park itself...but the scenery there is amazing, and from campsites as wellAlso at least one of them comes with a raspberry bush- we had freee fresh raspberries once there lol!
Hi, Thanks a lot for the information!!
I would like to know if should i join AAA? will it help me to get some good discounts for motels which are on the way? or is it just plain bull?