My friend and I are currently planning a road trip for June 16-25. I'll just give you all a quick run down of what our trip looks like so far. First, we are stopping in Colorado Springs for her cousin's wedding on the 18th. We have decided to stop at Ely, NV (a little over half way from Colorado to San Francisco) to camp overnight. We then planned on driving to San Francisco to stay in a hostel. I've already picked one out which seems like it is highly recommended by many reviewers.
My questions are regarding time mostly. How long should I expect all this to take. Will there be time to do things on the way back? For instance, I would really love to drive through Yosemite National Park and possibly take a short hike. I think we might be limited to driving there and taking stops, however, and driving straight back. If this is the case. Are there any places we can stop overnight that are interesting between San Francisco and Minneapolis?
Also, money is not unlimited. How much do you figure a trip like this would cost? I'm figuring about $600 for gas alone. Most lodging that we're looking at is not over $20 per night.
Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!