I am grateful for all the advice I've gotten from this forum as I've planned our upcoming trip. I thought I'd finally 'jump in' to the conversation and share our itinerary and solicit some of your comments.
I am somewhat of a veteran long distance traveler. However, it's been a long time since my own cross country college trips that I've undertaken such a journey (and those were the days when a friend and I would drive non-stop, 36 hours, from St. Louis to Bakersfield -- ah youth). I've looked forward to the opportunity to make another cross country road trip. My daughter's acceptance to Georgetown University (and her enthusiasm to go along) was the perfect 'excuse' to indulge my long dormant wanderlust.
Since my daughter will not need a car in DC, I am renting a car, a medium sized SUV, to drop at Dulles Airport. I found a great rate through AAA and by plugging in as many local car rental outlets as possible I saved $330 from an initial quote on an 11 day, one way rental: total = $560 from Hertz.
We plan to follow the highlights of Rte. 66 through St. Louis and then take I-64 to I- 81 in Virginia. Here is our itinerary -- please chime in with 'not to be missed' sights.
8/13 (Late afternoon) Carlsbad, CA - Barstow, CA
8/14 Barstow, CA - Rte. 66 thru Oatman, Peach Springs, etc.-Williams, AZ
8/15 Williams, AZ - Grand Canyon - Holbrook, AZ (Wigwam Motel)
8/16 Holbrook, AZ - Albuquerque - Tucumcari, NM (Blue Swallows Motel)
8/17 Tucumcari, NM - OK City, OK
8/18 OK City - Tulsa, OK (visit Georgetown roommate)-Lebanon, MO (Munger Moss Motel)
8/19 Lebanon, MO - St. Louis, Mo - Evansville, IN
8/20 Evansville, IN - Louisville, KY - Harrodsburg, KY (Shaker Village)
8/21 Harrodsburg, KY -Beckley, WV - Lewisburg, WV
8/22 Lewisburg, WV - Lexington, VA - Washington, DC
I intend to blog our trip so we'll have a record of our adventures. What method have y'all found to capture the essence of your trip? Do you journal every night? Do you have rules for picture taking? i.e. do you start snapping as soon as you open your car door? What are your 'not to be missed' photo opportunities?
Thank you in advance for your insight and advice.