My girlfriend and I are planning a road trip starting mid-October from New York City to San Francisco - we are borrowing a car from friends and will be away 2 months.
Our itinerary so far is : New York to San Fran via the Northern states - Cleveland OH, Chicago, Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone.
From San Fran we will stop at Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Arches/Canyonlands National Park, Santa Fe, Roswell, Fort Worth, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Great Smoky Mountains, Charleston, Savannah, Orlando and then back to New York.
My question is - do you think this itinerary is feasible in this time? I realise there will be a couple of really long days of driving, but we're okay with that. And geographically, does our route make sense? We also thought about heading down from Salt Lake City and stopping at Arches/Canyonlands before San Francisco. Would this save much time? Is it likely that there would be snow on the roads from Salt Lake City to Arches at the end of October/early November?
Also, to keep costs down we're hoping to camp as much as possible. Will the weather at that time of year allow us to do so?
Finally, are there any other places you suggest we stop at on the way?