I'm helping my brother move next week. He is currently living in Willow Grove, PA and will be moving bases to Camp Pendleton in San Diego. We leave on Monday, May 16th. Unfortunately, we are both limited on time and have a huge desire to visit many places (May 16th - June 5th). Our routes are not well defined, but we have a few locations on our "have to do" list.
- Our first set destination is to visit our cousin in Nashville, TN. We may take the I81 through Virginia, but both of us love bluegrass and were thinking of driving through West Virginia and Kentucky instead. Our time expected on the road would be 3 days (May 16th-19th)
- The next leg of the journey will be to Yellowstone. We would like to visit the Grand Tetons first if we have the time. We are unsure if we'll be taking the 80 through Nebraska or the 70 through Kansas. We were thinking of doing some long drives through this area to save time. We were thinking another 3 days (May 21st-May 24th).
- After Yellowstone we have a couple hour drive to Montana where I'm going to drop off my brother so he can spend time with his girlfriend. He'll stay there and purchase a flight to CA. I'll will be driving the rest of the way with a buddy of mine. The route to CA from MT is completely in the air. We just plan to be in southern CA by June 5th at the latest.
This is our first road trip and any advice would be greatly appreciated! The times in different states are very flexible as long as we arrive back in CA around June 5th. We plan to keep it as cheap as possible (lots of camping, less expensive attractions). I've noticed that the NPS and groups like KOA have season passes and membership deals... any advice or feedback on them or others? We love everything local (history, food, music, etc.)... any advice on routes, local foods, fairs, events, roadside attractions (yes, even the cheesy giant balls of twine)?
I want to thank everyone in advance! I wish I knew about this site a month ago. It looks like a pretty cool community!