Well, many wont agree with me here but I'll be a maverick and go ahead and say it.
Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church share the same legitimate claim to being a continuation of the original first century church. They developed in quite different directions. The Romans introduced a lot of new doctrines which I personally do not think was right. The Orthodox preserve the mystery, so to speak, and don't try so hard to codify every tiny detail of faith in a comprehensive and definitive Catechism like the RCC has. I seriously believe that the OC has remained far closer to the original church than the RCC has, for many reasons.
Nonetheless, that doens't invalidate the spirituality or the sacramants offered by the RCC. I think that doctrinally they have strayed somewhat, but the Holy Spirit never abandoned the RCC just because they introduced the ideas of Papal Infallibility, Indulgences, Purgatory and the Immaculate Conception. The Catholics aren't living in sin just because they worship in a Catholic Church. They still have the Eucharist, veneration of the saints and the Mother of God, a priesthood, and meditative prayer practices such as the Rosary. It's a great church. If I wasn't an Orthodox Christian, I'd certainly be a Catholic.
So, basically whilst I absolutely affirm that the Orthodox Church has remained closer to the practices and beliefs of the early church than the RCC has, I also think that theirs is a legitimate expression of faith and the body of Christ within the invisible One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I eagerly await the day when the two churches are reunited in ecumenical communion again. If there is no OC anywhere near you, there's no harm in going to a RCC for the time being. However, if you plan on eventually going to the OC once you are able to, avoid undergoing the Sacrament of Confirmation in the RCC for integrity's sake.
You are right, however, that the Orthodox Church needs to be experienced. The Divine Liturgy is otherworldly and beautiful, and uplifts and sanctifies the soul like no other type of worship I have ever seen or experienced. Maintain your interest in Orthodoxy by watching videos online and reading books. Perhaps you could catch a bus or hitchhike interstate just for one weekend to visit an Orthodox parish. You sound like an intelligent person, surely you would be able to look after yourself if you took an intercity bus to a city which has an Orthodox Church one weekend. Just stay in a backpacker's hostel for $25/night, get up early in the morning and catch a taxi to the Orthodox parish. I did that when I was seventeen.