Hi! I was looking along the websites, and come across this website, and I absolutely love it. Me and three other of my friends are planning on a cross country roadtrip from Philadelphia all the way to California, and back. We're are planning to go for about 3 weeks, and with a $2,000 budget on gas, food, and hotels/lodging. We're also planning on going to hitting some of the National Parks (like, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Petroglyph, Death valley, Yosemite, Rocky Mountains, Petrified Forest). we wouldn't be spending so much time inside a city, we're a more of a nature lovers, but there are some places that we like to hit as well.
I made an abstract plan, and it would be greatly appreciated if you guys help me out a bit:
Day 1: Philadelphia-St. Louis (I-40 just for a start)
Day 2: St. Louis-Albuquerque
Day 3-4: Albuquerque-Petrified Forest-San Diego
Day 5: San Diego-Los Angeles-Monterrey (It was my best and my friends interest to not stay in LA for long, just for a few stops like the Hollywood sign,and the Hollywood Boulevard, so passing by. And we're planning ont aking the Pacific Coast Highway)
Day 6: Monterrey-San Francisco-Lake Tahoe
Day 7: Lake Tahoe-Yosemite (We love to try camping at Yosemite, and would appreciate for any advice)
Day 8: Yosemite-Death Valley-Las vegas
Day 9-10: Las Vegas-Hoover Dam-Grand Canyon-Zion (we're already planning on staying in the Canyon for 3-4 hours, just for sightseeing)
Day 11: Zion-Bryce-Grand Junction, CO
Day 12: Grand Junction, CO-Rocky Mountains
Day 13: Rocky Mountains-Mt. Rushmore
Day 14: Mt. Rushmore-Sioux Falls
Day 15: Sioux Falls-Wilmaukee
Day 16: Wilmaukee-Chicago-Toledo
Day 17: Toledo-Buffalo/Niagara Falls
Day 18: Niagara Falls-Boston
Day 19-21: Boston-Philadelphia(home)
That was our plan, and we were wondering if that would be fine, we know what we want to see along the ways, and time is no essence, is gonna be our last trip together, so we're trying maximize the time and spend as little as possible.
Your critique and expertise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much if you read the whole thing :)
We need to know about the gas, if the plan would be possible/passable, and also scenic routes (Except for 66, Pacific Coast) that go along with our plan.