My boyfriend and I are planning a road trip, sometime in July/August, and really our basic goal is to make it to the West Coast. I've done the east coast, (my parents had a REAL travel bug, we moved back and forth between Maine and Florida at least every two years) literally dozens of times, but never anything further west than Kansas. We both reside in Massachusetts, and my first initial idea was to take 1-90 all the way out to Seattle.
After discussing this a bit further, we both decided that we'd want to take one way all the way out to the west coast, and a different route back in order to get as many different parts of the country into our journey.
The idea now is to take 1-90 until it splits off into 1-80, take 1-80 all the way to Sacramento, travel up the West Coast, (Pacific Coast Highway??) end up in Seattle, and take 1-90 back again.
Does anyone have any sort of advice for a trip like this? Are we overreaching? I've done a lot of roadtrips along the east coast and have this real hunger to see the West/mid-west, and this is the first realistic opportunity I've ever had. We're both not working/schooling at the moment so we're not on any sort of real time crunch, I was thinking possibly 2-3 weeks. We have an E-Z pass to cover tolls, but I am wondering if there are any tolls not covered by the pass. We also have a brand new 08 yaris, so we're figuring the car won't be an issue. The car is actually the reason why we're taking the trip, now that we have solid transportation.
Our main goal is to see a few of the national parks, camp as much as possible, see some unique roadside attractions and eat interesting, local food. Would a national parks pass be a good idea? We'd really like to see the badlands, Arches National Park, Yellowstone, Redwood National Park and the Olympic rainforest. Would these parks be covered by the pass? The site says that it covers 3 adults with each basic entry fee, is this correct? Would we be able to get away with buying just one or two?
Also, We'd like to see carhenge/Ames Brother's monument or any other weird/off beat attraction. IF anyone has any other sort of offbeat attractions such as that, definitely throw them out there too!!
Thanks to anyone who has advice to offer in advance!!!!