I'm planning on spending 5 weeks doing a road trip from NYC to LA. First question, is that actually do-able, in that amount of time, with all the places we want to go to in between?!
There's going to be 2 of us sharing the driving. Wondering if we should hire a car or a motor home, as there will be 3 of us on the trip. I'm coming from England, so I'm going to sort the hiring out side of things from here. Price-wise, motor home is pricier, but then we don't have to pay for accommodation, but then a car can go faster, plus it's easier to drive in cities and park. Can anyone advise over one or the other?
Our itinerary, and map, is below with the number of days (approx)we plan to spend in each place, including driving time:
NYC 9/5-9/9 - the usual NYC haunts! taking public transport from here to DC
DC 9/9-9/11 - other than Capitol Hill, anything else to check out here? Again, thinking of public transport from here to Nashville
Nashville 9/11-9/13 - All things country music! Do-able in a day??
Lynchburg 9/13-9/13 - Jack Daniels Distillery
Memphis 9/13-9/16 - I've been here before, and I've also got a friend who lives here
The next bit is basically just to get us to Seattle so we can do the PCH right from the top. Completely open to any suggestions on a route change, as it looks like it's going to be a VERY long drive!
El Paso 9/18-9/20- It's on the border, so thought it would be an interesting place to stop
Colorado Springs 9/20-9/22
Salt Lake City 9/22-9/24
Yellowstone 9/24-9/26 - would really like to go here, but can always plan another trip!
Seattle/Olympia 9/26-9/28 - we're all music fans so we'd like to do the K Records tour
Our plan is to then drive along the coast to LA, head over to Vegas for a couple of days, then back to LA. How long would that roughly actually take??
Ideally, we would like to take our time with it, and not be rushing through places. But to be honest, and you can probably tell, I have no real concept of just how huge the US is, and if this is going to be possible!
Also toying with the idea of hiring a big 'ol American car to do the California stretch of the PCH, but have a feeling it's going to cost many, many $s. Is that a certainty?
We'd like to stay off the main big highways wherever possible, and take the byroads, is it? With a motor home, are there places that you are not allowed to drive them? Are they ok to be parked in cities, if one is lucky enough to find a space that big?
My boyfriend would also like to catch an ice hockey game. We'd probably do that in LA, so can we go online to get tickets?
We'd really appreciate any suggestions, comments, places/highlights we really shouldn't miss, and anything else anyone may wish to add.
Sorry to ask so many questions.