I have been lurking this forum for a couple of years now and have finally decided to register.
I have recently inherited some money so I'm finally starting to plan a roadtrip for next year when I've got enough vacationdays.
What I am trying to figure out right now is when the best time would be to do this trip.
I dont like extreme heat or extreme cold nor do I like large crowds of people.
So I'm wondering if it would be best to do this trip in the late spring/early summer or in the late summer/early fall.
But since I have read that Tioga pass usually opens late May/early June I probably will have to take this trip in late august/september/early october.
Anyway here is my first draft for an itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive at Newark International Airport. Take shuttle to hotel on Manhattan.
Day 2 Sightseeing and shopping in New York.
Day 3 Sightseeing in New York. (Empire state building, Statue of Liberty)
Day 4 Pick up rental car at Newark International Airport. Drive to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Do some shopping then drive to motel in Lake George, NY.
Day 5 Drive to motel in Watertown, NY via Fort Ticonderoga.
Day 6 Drive to hotel in Toronto, Canada.
Day 7 Sightseeing in Toronto. (Hockey HOF, CN Tower)
Day 8 Drive to hotel in Cleveland, Ohio via Niagara Falls. Visit Rock And Roll HOF.
Day 9 Drive to motel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Day 10 Drive to motel in Washington, D.C.
Day 11 Sightseeing in Washington. (National Mall, Smithsonian)
Day 12 Sightseeing in Washington. (Smithsonian)
Day 13 Drive to motel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Day 14 Drive to Newark International Airport, return car. Fly to LAX. Pick up convertible at LAX. Drive to hotel in Hollywood.
Day 15 Sightseeing in LA. (Walk of fame, La Brea tar pits)
Day 16 Sightseeing and shopping in LA.
Day 17 Drive to motel in San Diego, CA. Visit Seaworld.
Day 18 Drive to motel in Palm Springs, CA via Salton Sea.
Day 19 Drive to motel in Phoenix, Arizona via Joshua Tree NP.
Day 20 Drive to motel in Williams, Arizona via Sedona.
Day 21 Drive to motel in Kayenta, Arizona via Grand Canyon.
Day 22 Drive to motel in Green River, Utah via Monument Valley and Arches NP.
Day 23 Drive to motel in Cedar City, Utah via Capitol Reef NP and Bryce Canyon NP.
Day 24 Drive to Hotel in Las Vegas via Zion NP.
Day 25 Drive to Hoover Dam and back. Do some gambling at casino. Maybe see a show.
Day 26 Fire various weapons at GunStore. Do some gambling at casino. Maybe see a show.
Day 27 Drive to motel in Lone Pine, CA via Death Valley NP.
Day 28 Drive to motel in Fresno, CA via Yosemite NP.
Day 29 Drive to Sequoia NP then back to motel in Fresno.
Day 30 Drive to hotel in San Francisco.
Day 31 Sightseeing in San Francisco. (Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz)
Day 32 Drive to motel in Monterey, CA. Visit Aquarium.
Day 33 Drive down Pacific Highway 1 to motel in Buellton, CA.
Day 34 Drive to LAX, return convertible. Fly to Newark International Airport. Fly home.
So I would like you experienced roadtripper to take a look at this and tell me what you would have done differently.
I have a couple of extra vacation days I could extend the trip by so if you think there is something I shouldn't miss feel free to tell me.
Thanks in advance!