we are looking for advice and also reccomendations from anyone who has taken a road trip in the US.
Me and my girlfriend have booked flights and hotels in NY, and then we have 84 days to travel without anything booked or agenda. Our general plan is to travel the east coast to Florida, before making our way to Calfornia while taking in New Orleans, Texas and Vegas. When we finally arrive in California (which I am advised it one hell of a drive from Texas) we will travel the coast to Seattle before making our way slowly back to NY, ensuring we stop at Yellowstone, Badlands and Chicago.
Our primary concern is having enough money to have complete freedom to explore. We have 15,000 GBP between us which must cover petrol, all accomadation, food and most activites (althought we have already paid for theme parks & a National Parks pass).
Also if anyone can advise on any must see places or hidden gems that would be great!
Are you renting a car/van or buying a vehicle and selling it once your adventure is over?
Driving between Texas and California, route yourself on Interstate 40.
Take in the Grand Canyon and you have the option to turn north towards Las Vegas, then on to California.
We are looking to buy a car once we arrive. We have relatives that live in Pennsylvania who will help us as I have been told you need a permenant address. We are hoping to get a car which is good on gas and reliable for about $3000. Is that a bit optomistic??
I suggest that you look at minivans. They are easy to drive, get decent gas mileage, plenty of room to sleep in it when in the National Parks. Or when you just don't want to pay for another motel. The Dodge Grand Caravan is my fave. Heaps of used ones out there for under $3K. Or the Ford Aerostar. Either one would be a better buy than a car IMO.
Send me a PM if you have any questions on driving across the US.
I have one simple piece of advice for you and it is....pls be careful when driving in the USA as they drive on the right hand side of the road. It might seem obvious but sometimes it can get confusing and has led to many accidents in the past, with British drivers turning into the left side of the road! So pls be careful in this respect.