Ok so im currently planning a major road trip across America (solo) for either next summer or summer 2016 and i have a couple of questions for you experienced travelers :)
First an idea of my route.... Fly into NYC from the UK, train to Washington, pick up rental car then drive the east coast stopping off at various destinations like Virginia Beach, Charleston, Savannah down to Miami, do the Key West drive before heading inland hitting Atlanta, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas City, South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Vegas, LA, west coast drive upto San Fran, North Nevada, Idaho, Montana into Canada doing a circle into Alaska then ending in Seattle before flying home.
Like i said a major once in a life time road trip
The Canada part of the trip will be mainly driving stopping off at only a handful of places for rest and a few sights, really dont want to spend more than a week getting to Alaska where i plan to stay for a week or 2 and hopefully see the northern lights (i aim to arrive beginning of winter/mid September) then finally driving to Seattle to come home.
As for North America i plan to take my time and experience some great destinations such as Grand Canyon, Whitaker Point, Death Valley, The Lost Sea, Mount Rushmore, Shoshone Falls, Going to the sun Rd, Yellowstone, Zion, Big Sur to list a few
So my questions:
First of all im not sure when to start this trip, i aim to hit Alaska mid Sep (will need to book my accom) and do NA during the summer but i dont really know how long a trip this size would take, i dont want to end up having to rush or not see certain places but at the same time i dont want to be driving for 6 months, at first i thought id start in June and aim to hit Montana (Going to the sun road) end of August time and hopefully it will be fully open to drive straight through. Would that allow me plenty of time to travel at my own pace or is it too short a time period?
Next would i be able to rent a car for such a length of time and if so will i have to pay a ridiculous price?
Also im not a millionaire unfortunately but i do have time on my side, saving has already started and ill make a decision later in the year on wherever or not i can afford it next summer or if its better to wait another year, can anyone give me a rough estimation of the sort of figure id need for such a trip, i dont mind camping, staying in hostels, cheap motels etc i dont plan to stay in luxury too often, maybe a nice hotel in New York and Alaska, maybe Vegas too lol ive read you can buy a national park pass that gains you entry into all national parks? Petrol/Gas im assuming is expensive like it is here in the UK, food-wise ill make a lot of my own, im not a stranger to fast food either but i do plan to visit a few local pubs/restaurants etc
Finally any little tips or advice to make it the greatest road trip ever
Thanks for reading, sorry it was a little long