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1. Posted by noodlebrad (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Me and my friend are looking at doing a big tour of the states around late August. We're looking at travelling for around 3 months. A rough itiniery would be starting around New York way, travelling south to Georgia, then hook a right to L.A.
We are trying to figure out what is the best way of doing this. Ive been told by some people that it is a good idea to buy a car in Canada and do it that way. However, you need insurance which can be costly. Another alternative is to rent a car, but for renting a car for 3 months can run into the $1000's not including petrol. I know that there are companies that need people to drive cars accrsoss the country but we thinks that is too rushed and are looking to take our time with this one. Another alternative is to use the Greyhound buses, but from my experience in the States, you need a car to fully appreciate a lot of the places.
We have a fair amount of money behind us but are looking at a cheap way of doing this.
Does anyone have any suggestions or can share their experiences with me. Any feedback would be a great help!

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3. Posted by squash6462 (Inactive 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting noodlebrad

However, you need insurance which can be costly. Another alternative is to rent a car, but for renting a car for 3 months can run into the $1000's not including petrol.

Hi! I agree, you will need to have insurance if you buy a car, which will definitely be expensive, plus there is a lot of red tape to go through.

I noticed that some car rental companies do long term rentals. Check out this link: (um.. if that doesn't come out right there is a link to long term rentals on their homepage).

I did a similar trip to the one you did a few years ago - of course I was living in the USA and had a car so it was easier. Your plan seems like a good one.

One bit of advice - to save money in the long run, camping is a really good idea. I don't really like camping, but we did it on our trip, for 5 weeks, and it wasn't a big deal. We stayed at KOA campgrounds. They are not a chain exactly ... it's more like independent campgrounds apply to be listed and if they are up to par they are added to the directory. They are not much more expensive than other campgrounds but are of really high quality. Most of the campgrounds have electricity and water right at your site. Also, most have special "tent spots" that are built up with soft filler so you're not sleeping in rocks or puddles. Other facilities we came across: outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, tv rooms, washing machines, game rooms, cafes, private porch swings at your campsite, etc. Plus they are really clean.

Gosh, this is a long post. If you have any other specific questions you can PM if you want.


4. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

how about aamtrak? its the train... not always on time, but should do the job for a 3 month trip.... i think there is a 3 month pass out there... when you get to a major city... rent a car their... Dollar car rental is the cheapest, but not as conveinent as enterprise who are all over. Avis is cheapest for one way rentals... so if you wanted to get off aamtrak in new orleans and drive through houston or san antonio, you could turn in your car and jump on the train again....

if you are in houston, go to the galleria, eat in montrose, skip nasa; friday nights is shakespear (sic) in Herman park -- FREE!!! by mosquito control and take a wine, and food. all the museums are in this area as well.

san antonio -- the river walk is cool (side trips new braunfels -- lots of water activites, austin young beer drinkers, blanco state park) ... the best beach in texas is south padre island which is about 7 hour drive from san antonio...

your only route from georgia to LA is interstate 10 (via cities listed above) ... a great interstate which also takes you through phoenix