Could you name any of these thrifty car rental companies?? lol
Daawgon...we are not going to LA to see celebs. We just wanted to start at one side of the country and work across so LA seemed like the best place.
Thier are still celebs in LA but thier is also plenty to do thier. I suggest checking out Studio city area besides the normal tourist places. I also recommend Starline tours in LA. Ive used them before and they are really good and offer some great tours including transportation and the like
I live near the DC area. I agree that hostels are harder to find in the US; but there are probably some near the Applachian trail; like near Harpers Ferry, WV (http://www.harpersferryhostel.org/reservations.shtml). I just googled on hostel Washington DC and found a lot more than I expected; so you may be more in luck than I realized. Also if you are traveling in July / August you will find campgrounds with cabins and perhaps college dorms that rent out rooms. As far as air travel; I find that Jet Blue and Southwest offer best deals. If you are under age 25; it will be hard for you to rent a car here. Travel on the Amtrak train up and down the east coast might be a good option for you. I personally have done a cross country travel across the United states via car/pop up camper in four weeks. for a family of four back in 2002 and traveling frugally; it cost us about $6k including gas, campsite/hotels, food, and entertainment. Absolutely you should check out San Diego. LA is overrated; but you can at least go there to see what it is about since so much publicity about it including Hollywood. I loved traveling up the coast line up to Malibu. I need to travel yet the road from Malibu up to north of Santa Barbara.
I have not been to Boston yet (later this year) but have heard that is a great place to visit.
I just traveled to Australia in October and I agree the US is not as nice (convenient) as other countries for backpackers/ budget travelers; especially if you do not have your own vehicle. The US is much cheaper than Australia though for food and overnight stay if you do your research.
where do you want to go in Texas? what interests you to go to Chicago? I have a friend from Chicago so could get good inside information for you there... Do you want to do more things like hiking, outside stuff; or more interested in museums, shopping??
any specific questions about the states especially around my area of DC? (I live an hour northwest)...
The US is cheaper then the UK and Europe just check the exchange rate lol
I can tell you for certain food is cheap in the USA! So that'll be one less strain on your budget at least For your flights internally in the USA, I'd go on to one of those sites that compares all the airlines prices, you're sure to find something to fit your budget there. Not that you'd metioned it, but I wouldn't recommend Amtrak - I did a train trip from Alberquerque to Seattle and it was filled with delays and route changes and there was even a burnt through tunnel so part of the trip had to be taken by very crowded bus!! Hostels aren't such a big thing in the USA, but theres always several in the big cities. I have taken 2 solo trips in the USA, so if you have any more questions feel free to ask