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Old 06-04-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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That's alot of driving, and yes most europeans underestimate the size of the U.S. Driving from New York to Seattle via Las Vegas would be like traveling from Paris, past Moscow, to the Ural's.
...but it is doable in a month. But you don't want your trip to be a blur of different places every day.
My recommendation, if you really want to drive cross country, is do the drive but choose only about 5 different areas - drive to one area and use it as a base where you can stay for a few days, such as las vegas and from there visit Grand Canyon, Vegas itself, the dam, etc. Also keep in mind that in October, at the national parks, services are greatly curtailed and visitors centers close (but they are also gloriously uncrowded). In the mountains of the west in late October snow may start to fly.

Don't bother with a campervan. They are pretty expensive and eat gas. If you are young just bring your tent and sleeping bag and alternate with a cheap hotel every few nights. Hotels are cheap and plentiful and not much more expensive then the RV slum campsites you see at highway exits. Depending on your taste - save the camping out for national park or national forest, or state park nature campsites. It's really enjoyable.

Don't freak out when you head west. I like to see Europeans expression when they see hundreds of square miles of unpopulated unspoiled land for the first time.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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Don't bother with a campervan. They are pretty expensive and eat gas. If you are young just bring your tent and sleeping bag and alternate with a cheap hotel every few nights. Hotels are cheap and plentiful and not much more expensive then the RV slum campsites you see at highway exits. Depending on your taste - save the camping out for national park or national forest, or state park nature campsites. It's really enjoyable.

Don't freak out when you head west. I like to see Europeans expression when they see hundreds of square miles of unpopulated unspoiled land for the first time.
I agree with both suggestions. Outside the big cities, comfortable lodging is affordable. One interesting thing to do is to stay at B&B now and then, especially in places that have a history. You'll enjoy it more, and your hosts will be able to point out things the average teenage motel desk clerk hasn't a clue about. Not that most have a clue about anything

And when it comes to land, you might find you can sometimes buy one square mile of land for about what a nicer home sells for there.
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