This is my dream trip I want to take before I start a real job and don't have this kinda time to take off at once. I want to do this while I'm still in college working fast food.
I originally planned this trip around March last year for Summer 2012. Money issues this past semester kept me from saving any money and I figured I'd have to bump it back to Summer 2013. I have done a lot of planning on this already thanks to another forum, but more help and criticism is welcome, especially since this forum is dedicated to road trips in America. I didn't realize how popular month long road trips in the West really were until I saw this site. Thought I was being somewhat original... :p I have my days pretty much panned out. I was originally planning a month long 30 day trip, but after looking my itinerary over it was decided it was pretty packed with not enough stopping to take in the sights, and not really any fail safe buffer days. If I were to fall behind schedule, I could use that buffer day to make up what I lost on the day that I broke down in my car or whatever the case may be. Since most of the buffer days are just a longer stay somewhere or breaking a long days drive into 2, it is still attainable I think. My main thing now is budgeting. I originally budgeted $4-5k for 30 days. Now I'm at around $4k for 40 days. Even $4k seems rather low, but at the same time, still lots of money. I honestly still want to make this trip happen Summer of 2012, but as of right now I am putting in $50 a week and have $200 saved so far plus all my tax return is going in. With that, assuming I can afford to keep putting in that same amount plus any extra cash I come across I might make it to next summer, but that's just a total maybe. Side note: I'm a guy and I'll be 22 in 2012, 23 in 2013, in case it's relevant.
Here's the itinerary. I have it all mapped out on Google Maps as well, but the links are bookmarked on my other computer right now so I'll post tomorrow.
Start and end point - San Antonio, TX area.
Day 1- Drive to Carlsbad
Day 2- Carlsbad Caverns, Drive to Roswell for night
Day 3- Drive to and stay at Durango for the night
Day 4- Durango/Silverton Train
Day 5- Drive to Vesa Verde National Park then to Four Corners, Stay at Monument Valley for the night
Day 6- Drive to Canyon de Chelly then to Meteor Crater, Stay at Flagstaff for the night
Day 7- Grand Canyon, camp
Day 8- Grand Canyon, Stay at Kingman, AZ for the night
Day 9- Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire SP camp
Day 10- Drive to Las Vegas and wonder around (No gambling)
Day 11- Go to and camp at Death Valley
Day 12- Another day at Death Valley
Day 13- Drive to Los Angeles
Day 14- Los Angeles
Day 15- Another day at LA
Day 16- Drive up to San Francisco, Winchester Mystery House San Jose, SF for the night
Day 17- Explore SF, Mt Tamalpais State Park (Ridgecrest Blvd.)
Day 18- Alcatraz
Day 19- Another day of SF
Day 20- Drive up Hwy 101, Drive-Thru Tree Park, Camp at Prairie Creek Redwoods SP
Day 21- Camp at Redwoods National Park
Day 22- Drive to Crater Lake, Stay the night
Day 23- Camp at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Day 24- Stay at Lake Tahoe
Day 25- Drive Hwy 50 and Salt Flats, Stay in Salt Lake City
Day 26- Drive to Jackson, WY
Day 27- Drive to Yellowstone, camp
Day 28- Wonder around in Yellowstone
Day 29- Wonder around Yellowstone, Drive to Cooke City, Montana
Day 30- Drive Beartooth All-American Road, Bighorn Canyon, Stay at Thermopolis for the night
Day 31- Drive to Grand Junction, CO for night
Day 32- Drive Hwy 550 to Durango then up to Breckenridge, Stay for night
Day 33- Drive to Denver, Mt. Evans Scenic Byway, Stay in Denver for night
Day 34- Denver Zoo, Drive to Colo. Springs for night
Day 35- Pike's Peak, Seven Falls
Day 36- Drive to Canon City, Royal Gorge
Day 37- Drive to Santa Fe
Day 38- Drive Hwy 4 and see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Day 39- Drive to Lubbock
Day 40- Drive Home
The general course of driving is pretty much set, and I believe it is attainable. Just looking for any extra input on the matter.
I've heard all about how I will get all lonely doing this solo, but I'm an independent person more so than most. I actually enjoy just taking drives to nowhere for hours on my own. So that is a non issue to me personally.
I got more info on the thread in the other forum: Link
I'll post more tomorrow as I said, it's kinda late right now so I can't completely think. haha