We are a fit active couple in our early 50's. We live in the UK. We are having a very belated gap year from September 2014. Our first step is to take a 3 month trip to the USA to see as much of the country as we can. We enjoy outdoor pursuits, great scenery, interesting cultural stuff and the occasional big city.
We have family in San Francisco so we thought about starting either there or further up the west coast. We envisaged then heading east before hitting Washington DC and then travelling south to see Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans where we think we will end our trip. We would like to see Chicago, Mount Rushmore, some of the great national parks and as much interesting stuff as we can. If we could hit the fall colours in New England all the better. We aren't interested (because we have been before) in Florida or California below SF or NY.
We think we would like to travel by RV but don't know whether that is wise and if it is do we rent or do we buy and sell at the end of the trip. We really have no idea if you can just pull up overnight or if you have to find a camp site!
I know this is a very broad brief, we have a decent budget (actually we don't have any budget but will spend what we have to within reason), we aren't fixed on any one part of this plan but would like to avoid extreme weather.
Ideas are gratefully received; we will listen to anything and everything and can be very flexible even to the point of delaying our USA trip until the spring (we plan to do other trips in our year).