So, I'm planning to take a (roughly) 3 month road trip starting in Northern California in Late July/Early August. My friend and I have done very little planning. We're a bit overwhelmed and are unsure where really to start or what we need to do. I've been reading posts here, but was hoping to get some insights on our (very, very rough) itinerary and any other thoughts on how to go about planning.
Our general idea is as follows:
1) San Francisco to Vancouver: Stop in Seattle for 2 days and otherwise drive straight through. Figure we live close enough to do much of this area on weekend trips in the future.
2) Vancouver to Jasper/Banff/Glacier Nat'l Park
3) Glacier to Montana/Wyoming (skipping Yellowstone) and then east through the northern plains states to Chicago
4) Chicago to upstate New York up to Canada (Montreal, Quebec City, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia)
5) Nova Scotia to Maine (via ferry? Any thoughts on that) south through New England (hope to see fall foliage, but not sure if we can time it right)
6) New England to New York City (stay there about a week to visit people)
7) New York City south to Orlando (want to stop in Philly, Baltimore/DC, Asheville/Blue Ridge Mountains, Outer Banks, Charleston, Savannah)
8) Orlando for a few days (Disney fanatic...kind of a requirement for us!)
9) Orlando up to Alabama through southern states (stop in New Orleans, San Antonio, Austin)
10) Up to Santa Fe and back to San Francisco
Obviously I have a lot in there. Do you think 3 months (we can probably swing an extra 2-3 weeks) is enough time?
I also want to make sure I'm building in time to: A) spend time traveling on non-interstate roads; B) spend time in smaller places and random attractions we find along the way. I know that my favorite parts about my (admittedly much shorter) road trips in the past have been the places and experiences that were unplanned.
I know these are very general questions. But I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has some wisdom, thoughts or comments...