I need some advice on a cross country road trip I am planning for May - June of this year. It is my life long dream to drive across the country. I will be starting and ending in Charlotte, NC. I will be traveling alone until Seattle and will be driving a Jeep Cherokee.
This is a list of my planned stops with the millages:
Day 1: Charlotte to St. Louis -725
Day 2: St. louis to Lincoln 721
Day 3: Lincoln to Billings 691
Day 4: Billings to Spokane 542
Day 5: Spokane to Seattle 279
Day 6: Seattle to Portland 173
Day 7: Portland to Medford 275
Day 8: Medford to Davis 300
Day 9: Davis to San Francisco 79
Day 10: San Francisco to LA 381 (Big Sur Highway 1)
Day 11: LA to Vegas 265
Day 12: Vegas to Phoenix 343
Day 13: Phoenix to Albuquerque 466
Day 14: Albuquerque to Amarillo 289
Day 15: Amarillo to ok city 260
Day 16: OK City to Memphis 466
Day 17: Memphis to Charlotte 627
These are just driving days. I will be stopping in each city for a day or two, and the west coast cities 2-4 days.
I have driven up and down the east coast several times but never undertook a trip of this magnitude. I want to see the obvious sights, golden gate bridge, grand canyon, yellowstone, redwoods, hollywood, space needle etc.
What I want to know is what do I absolutely need to see or do? What are the most scenic roads and places I can get great views, food, and cool stuff to do and check out. Some off the beaten path stuff. Is there a stop that I am missing?
Also, what should I do about sleeping and eating. I will probably stay in motels down the west coast but going there and coming back I was thinking about camping. I have never done it extensively but am not opposed to it, hear its cheap.
I was thinking I would need a budget about $6,000. Is that about right, or too low?
If anybody can help me out I would greatly appreciate it!