We have been planning a 48 day cross-country road trip starting from the Boston area. We have been using this site as a resource and would appreciate any criticism, input, and/or advice that you can give us on our trip plans.
Here's what it looks like so far:
July 5: leave home, drive to Gettysburg, PA (stay in hotel) 447 miles
July 6: Gettysburg
July 7: Drive to Smoky Mountains N.P. stay in hotel that night
July 8-10 Smoky Mnts. (camping.. leave on 10th for Nashville, TN)
July 10-12: Nashville TN (hotel)
July 13: Begin drive to Austin TX. On way stop in Memphis to see Graceland, continue driving to Hot Springs, AR (total driving miles 400)
July 14: take dip in hot springs, leave to Austin (488 miles)
When get to austin stay in hotel for that night
July 15-17: camp around Austin, TX
July 18: go to San Antonio, TX. begin long drive to Tucson, stay in hotel
July 19-20: Reach Tucson, AZ stay with family
July 21: Leave Tucson, drive to Grand Canyon National Park (340 miles)
July 22-23: grand canyon (camp)
July 24:Leave the Grand Canyon head to Disneyland (hotel)
July 25: DISNEYLAND (hotel)
July 26: drive to San Jose, CA (stay with friends)
July 27-29: San Jose / San Fransisco (stay with friends)
July 30: Drive to Redwood N.P. (hostel)
July 31- Aug 1: Redwood N.P. (hostel)
Aug 2: Drive to Yosemite (camp)
Aug 3-5: camp at Yosemite
Aug 6: Travel day, drive toward Yellowstone, stay at hotel
Aug 7: Arrive at Yellowstone (camp)
Aug 8-12: Yellowstone N.P. (camp)
Aug 13: Drive to Mt. Rushmore (stay in hotel)
Aug 14: Day at Mt. Rushmore (hotel)
Aug 15:Long Drive to Lincoln, NE (family stay)
Aug 16-17: Lincoln NE (family)
Aug 18: Leave for Chicago, IL (hotel)
Aug 19: Spend the day in Chicago, IL (hotel)
Aug 20: Leave Chicago for Niagara Falls (534 miles)
Aug 21: Spend day in Niagara Falls
Aug 22: Drive to Boston, MA
Some questions that we have are:
should we reserve the campsites at the NP or will we be able to get sites the day we arrive?
are these reasonable drives?
any recommendations on specific camping areas in the NP?
should we reserve hotels on hotwire/priceline in advance?
Thank you in advance for your suggestions/ comments.
We will start another thread for our budget, feel free to comment on that as well. Thanks!