Help! My husband and I want to do a roadtrip in late April or early May - I know, not a lot of time to plan, and I'm so overwhelmed by the whole thing.
-14 days in late April or early May
-maximum budget $1500-$2000 (this is a BUDGET trip!)
-roundtrip Indianapolis to SF
-2 adults and (possibly) one very stupid beagle (might leave him with my parents)
-camping and eating out of the cooler/grill as much as possible (we have all the equipment, and rarely use it :) )
-LA (family there, so we could probably stay with them for a night or two)
We want to ideally spend at least 1-2 full days in/around SF, and we're totally willing to skip things that are closer to home in order to get out west and have more time there. Husband has only been to SF and LA as a kid, but nothing between here and there, and except for one quick trip to Houston (when I flew), I've never been west of the Mississippi.
Hubby is a history buff, and I LOVE photography and architecture, and we're both foodies (so we'd like the few restaurant meals we do to be memorable, though not necessarily expensive). I have no idea if this is even doable, or what routes/attractions would be the best for us. I bow down to your expertise, lol!
Oh, and we have a relatively new (2008) car that (on previous long trips - visiting the in-laws in NJ and my family in FL) reliably gets 35 mpg on the highway, even loaded down.