Hey, how you guys doing. So here's the story. I've planned a road trip this June that would take me (and my girl) from Long Island, NY all the way to the west coast, then back through the Midwest. It's a round trip that we're gonna do in about 35 days. I'll admit, I'm only 20, and I've got limited traveling experience (furthest I've driven is about 400 miles to Buffalo), especially compared to all of you guys. But then that's why I'm on here asking for advice.
Basically, I wanna show you guys my planned route, and hopefully you could make some recommendations and suggestions. One of my main concerns is whether or not I'm leaving enough time to see the cities, parks, and other attractions along the way. Also, I'm not sure if money could be a problem - we're leaving with about 4000 to 5000 bucks, I would think that should be fine, especially since we have no problems camping or staying at hostels. My car is an Oldsmobile Regency, and while it's no Corvette, I know it can handle long trips.
Here's my basic route. I should note that for now, the basic plan is to spend a day at each stop, but I'd certainly be willing to spend more time at places that are really interesting/fun. The max amount of days we can spend is around 35 though, as I've got work/school obligations to return to.
And if you have any suggestions on great places to visit in these states, please let me know!
1. Leave Long Island, NY and drive to Pittsburgh, PA - I heard it's a nice city, and I've already been to Philly, so..
2. Drive to Cleveland, OH. I'd like to check out the Rock n Roll hall of fame.
3. Drive to Fort Wayne, IN. Honestly, I don't know anything about this city, but I wanted to at least to stop somewhere in Indiana.
4. Drive to Chicago, IL. Defintely excited to check this city out. Is it tough to get tickets to a Cubs game?
5. Drive to Milwaukee and later Green Bay, WI. I'd spend more time in Milwaukee, but I haven't heard great things about the city (bad race relations and whatnot). No disrespect meant.
6. Drive to St. Paul, MN. My girl would kill me if we didn't stop at the Mall of America.
7. Drive to Sioux Falls, SD. Just a rest stop more than anything else, as I don't wanna drive too much in one day.
8. Drive to Mount Rushmore, and later Deadwood, SD. Gotta see Mount Rushmore with my own eyes.
9. Drive to Yellowstone Park, WY. I got the camping gear ready..
10. Drive to Helena, MT. Just a rest stop for now.
11. Drive to Spokane, WA. I hate to just blow by Idaho, but I don't know of anything to see there?
12. Drive to Seattle, WA. I love this city for some reason, even though I've never been there. Looking forward to it.
13. Drive to Portland, OR. Just a rest stop (No disrespect to any Oregon people here - I'd love to hear some suggestions on what to do!)
14. Drive to San Francisco, CA. This seems like a pretty long drive - I'll probably break it into two days.
15. Drive to Los Angeles, CA. Again, I'll probably break this trip up into 2-3 days.
16. Drive to Las Vegas, NV. It's Vegas, enough said.
17. Drive to the Grand Canyon, AZ. I'd love to see the Grand Canyon, but if for any reason I'm low on cash/motivation, this is a detour I could probably skip.
18. Drive to Utah. I don't know have an exact destination in this state, but I'll at least be stopping for rest.
19. Drive to Denver, CO. I'd love to do some hiking in the Rockies, then check out Denver before moving on.
20. Drive to Topeka, Kansas. Rest.
21. Drive to St. Louis, MO. We'll check out the Arch.
22. Drive to Louisville, KY. Seems like a cool enough city to stop at.
23. Drive to Charleston, WV. Rest, etc
24. Drive to Washington, DC. No reason not to stop by the capital and check out the monuments.
25. Drive to Atlantic City, NJ. If there's anything must-see in Delaware or New Jersey, feel free to let me know. Otherwise, we'll relax a bit in Atlantic City before finally..
26. Drive home to Long Island, NY.
Sorry if I'm not clear enough on anything. So is this route reasonable in 30-35 days on 4-5 thousand dollars? Let me know. I'm open to any critiques, and I'd appreciate them.
Thanks for your help,