This is my first time posting and I was hoping to get some advice. My brother and I are planning on driving cross country from June 23rd to July 2nd. The latest we can be traveling is Jun We have a wedding to attend in Vermont but its looking more and more likely that we will have to miss the wedding. I guess my first question would be: (1) Do you think we can still have an enjoyable experience rushing through the country in 10 days? Here is what we have so far. I've never done anything like this before so any tips, thoughts, observations, comments would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thursday, June 23: Los Angeles to Hearst Castle/San Francisco - Being traveling along the Pacific Coast Highway to SF. From what I've read this can be done in one day but its a long day and doesn't give much time to stop and smell the roses. (2) Should we stop and spend a night at Hearst Castle as a midpoint? I'm going with the assumption that we are going to stop and spend the night.
Friday, June 24: Hearst Castle to San Francisco - Continue along the PCH and spend the night in SF.
Saturday, June 25: Head to Yosemite National Park. Camp out. (3) Any recommendations for things to do at Yosemite? We will either spend Sunday at the park or head north early. We are planning to go white water rafting on the Salomon River in the upcoming days. (4) What is a good point inbetween Yosemite and Boise? Maybe a place to go fishing or something? Lake Tahoe?
After White Water Rafting in Idaho we are planning on going to Yellowstone. (5) Any recommendations on things to do in Yellowstone? (6) How many days would you recommend staying in Yellowstone?
(7) From Yellowstone maybe we go to Jackson Hole? Is that even worth it?
Then onto Mt. Rushmore. (8) How much time do we need to spend there. I think all we want to do is take a picture.
I think I should figure out this part of the trip before continuing. Its very complicated and for a first timer its hard to know where to begin. Any tips or places of recommendation would be beyond appreciated.
We were also thinking about doing ATVing or Skydiving or Fishing, and if you have any highly recommended places to do that, please don't be shy.
Thanks for all your help. I really do appreciate it and am looking forward to seeing this great country of ours.