I've found great ideas and tips from this site - so figured I should post up my itinerary and get some feedback if anyone has some! I'm 23, female, going on a 2 month road trip this summer (but the 1st month is East Coast, family-member-to-family-member, so it's already set and not included here). The 2nd month is out west (I've never been out west) so I wanted to make sure my plans are reasonable and see if there's any advice on where to stay, specific routes to take, etc etc.
Here's the plan:
5 days --> Drive Boston, MA to Rapid City, SD (about 2000 miles)
2 days --> see South Dakota (specifically Mt Rushmore, Badlands National Park)
2 days --> Drive Rapid City, SD to Glacier National Park, MO (about 800 miles)
2 days --> See Glacier National Park
2 days --> Drive Glacier NP, MO to Cedar City, UT (about 1000 miles)
4 days --> see Zion NP (day 1), Bruce Canyon NP (day 2), Capital Reef NP and Canyonlands NP (day 3), and Arches NP (day 4)
2 days --> see Mesa Verde, CO
1 day --> Drive to Grand Canyon, AZ (stop at 4 Corners Monument along the way - about 300 miles)
3 days --> see Grand Canyon, AZ
2 days --> see Sedona, AZ
5/6 days --> Drive home to Virginia (about 2200 miles)
Total Days: 30/31
The number of days can't change, and I definitely want to see these places (plus hopefully some random ones along the way) but I haven't yet planned lodging, routes, or all the specifics of each destination.
I'm budgeting $35/day for food (mostly out of a cooler, some restaurants).
I'll be alone and won't feel comfortable camping, so I'm planning $65/night average for motels/cheap hotels/hostels.
I figure about 7,000 miles (x30mpg x$4per gal) for about $950 gas.
So?? Realistic?? I'm specifically looking at time-wise and $$-wise. The mileages are from mapquest, rounded up, and I do expect it to be a little more with detours and whatnot. Tips, opinions, suggestions - all would be appreciated! Thanks!