nosebag wrote:Where is the best for us to fly in to?
Best place to Rent car/van?
Ball park figure of what you are likely to spend at the festival?
General advice for noobs?
If you want to try a ride share, you can fly into Reno and hope for the best. It's much closer than anyplace else you can go but there aren't any direct flights (so then you have the question of whether you'd spend more time on the ground driving or more time in airports and on planes).
More likely, though, you want an major international airport that has direct flights from London on mulitple carriers (keeps the prices down). That rules out Sacramento and Reno and pretty much leaves you with San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
If you have other business in Los Angeles or want to visit there, you can consider that, otherwise it's too far. I'd give San Francisco a miss, too many Burners vying for finite resources and the car-rental companies WILL know where you're going.
That leaves Las Vegas and Salt Lake. LV car rentals are expensive but you might find something reasonable if you start now. I don't really know about Salt Lake City, but a lot of international Burners do come in via Vegas (and that's not a bad place to begin/end your trip). I haven't studied it, but I think there are more flights to Vegas, thus lower prices.
Either of those cities will probably be a two-day drive, but you probably can't do it in one day from San Franciso anyway unless you're good at sleeping on the plane and want to zoom down the highway immediately after escaping the airport.
As to expenses, anywhere from $500 to $5000 per person. If you rent a big car or a van you'll be able to carry all your provisions with you; if you don't have room for water (and a way to remove gray water), you'll have to arrange with a camp. It's a good idea to stay with an established camp if you can find one you like and that has room for y ou and reasonable camp fees.
If money is no object, rent an RV in Las Vegas or Salt Lake, but do it now. Solves your water problems (though you should probably bring extra) and gives you cooking facilities. If you come on your own, you won't have them unless you want to buy a lot of stuff and throw it out or give it away at the end ofyour trip. Smallest one will run you about $4000 if you reserve now, much more later on, but you'll have complete independence.