I am planning a trip to the U.S.A. mid September for 2 months. My budget is approximately £8000 to include flights, travel, food, accommodation and entertainment.
My idea is to use Amtrak as much as possible as I like the idea of train travel. Will probably hire a car at points in my trip to get to places the train doesn't go.
I am thinking of flying into New York, then heading to Boston for a few days before heading into New England to tour around for a week. I will be here toward the end of September when the leaf peeping season is starting, hopefully see some colour before it gets too busy first week of October. Any suggestions as to best place to hire a car from or relatively inexpensive accommodation to stay at would be much welcomed.
After will then head south to end in New Orleans.
I would really appreciate ideas for stops along the way. Looking for cool landscapes, interesting towns/cities, good music, places to meet people - the list could go on. My main concern is accommodation cost for a single traveller. When I backpacked around the world it was fairly easy to find cheap accommodation on arrival, it doesn't seem that this will be the case in the States. Should I book in advance if I know where I'm going to be ahead of time?
I know its quite an open question but any help or ideas to make this trip as amazing as I hope it to be would be very much appreciated. Thanks