I guess I'm done lurking around the forum and I'm ready to actually post about my trip!
My sister and I are in the early stages of planning our 14-day road trip next May. I’ll be graduating university and she’ll be finishing up her first year. We are renting an RV and leaving from (and returning to) Vancouver. We were thinking of either:
1. Going south about as far as San Francisco and then looping back around, going as far east as Salt Lake City and then back to Vancouver.
2. Not going as far south, but doing a roughly oval loop with Vancouver at one end and Mount Rushmore at the other, taking a northern route one way and a southern one coming back.
Keep in mind we have no concept of driving times/distances as of right now, these are just possible routes that came to us when looking at a map.
-We are not big on visiting major cities and will probably avoid them mostly.
-The trip originated when my sister and I agreed we wanted to see as many “World’s Largest X” type roadside attractions as possible. Those and scenic routes/parks are our main draws. We are not thinking of lingering much anywhere, but if we end up going down the West Coast we definitely want a couple of beach days. Our childhood beach holidays were in York Beach, Maine (say it with me kids: brrr), so we are looking for at least a small taste of California beaches.
-We will probably zip through Washington quite quickly either on the way out or back, since we have to pass through it both times (I thought about going back into Alberta to get back to Vancouver but driving through the Rockies is a humongous time suck)
One major question I had is, is there a preferred way to split up days between the following?
1. Drive in the morning, sight-see wherever we are in the afternoon, maybe drive a bit more in the late afternoon, camp
2. Have long-haul driving days and full sight-seeing days?
We’re also open to any suggestions concerning routes, sights, etc. Thanks!