Hi, me and my girlfriend are planning a round trip around whole USA. We are from Europe and already got tickets and booked a car for total of 42 days, starting on manhattan. The dates are 18th august to 30th september.
We plan on hitting following locations:
Badlands national park, mt. Rushmore
Beartooth hwy on route to yellowstone
Grand teton NP
Salt lake city
Capitol reef NP, boulder, escalante
Grand canyon north rim
Mono lake, yosemite NP
Big Sur on CA-1
LA, San Diego
Joshua tree NP
White sands in new mexico
Tampa, Orlando, Miami
This is our rough plan, which google maps estimates around 9000 miles gross driving distance. With some detours, sightseeing and city driving i expect it to be around 10000-10500 miles, which should be around 5 hours in the car per day. Do you think my assumptions are correct? And do you think we can enjoy that long trip in 42 days? We would like to take some time and spend a few days in california and florida, and we defenitely don't wanna be in rush on our way.
We booked a standard size car from hertz, using their promotion relieving us from underage fee (since i am 23yrs old) for pretty solid price. We plan to stay at motel every 1 of 3 nights, rest camping. Our total budget for the trip (with tickets already bought) will be around 7000 dollar, 3500$ each.
I know u guys are experienced roadtrippers, and i would greatly appreciate any comments and criticism of our plans. Especially i am worried about being too rushed and spending too much time in car, since we also want to enjoy beautiful american beaches, national parks and living cities. Note that this is not my first road trip in usa. Although i live in central europe, i spend last 2 summers working and travelling around this amazing country (first year Utah and then Hawaii) and i absolutely LOVED it. Its just that I've never done a trip this long before and want to make sure me ang my girlfriend will enjoy it without being too stressed from long driving and rushing things. Also if u have any tips what places we shouldnt miss on our route (especially east coast, where i haven't been), please post:-) Thanks so much fellow travellers:-)