Hey guys, just want to thank you for the site as it has given us a load of information to help us put together our road trip for this summer. Bit of background there's 4 of us who are graduating this year from uni in the UK and want to do something this summer so thought to go east to west coast of America. We're trying to fit it in after our last exams, before graduation (about a 28 day period give or take a few days) but I think we're just going to stick to 28 days to keep it safe.
What I’d like advice on is how our route is looking so far, some places have quite long drives in between and I’m trying to find us some decent stopping places, so I’ve underlined what we have so far, and then we're open to suggestions to others as we're not too sure of any decent places to stop.
We’re not sure whether we're trying to do too much in the little periods we have as there’s a lot of 1 dayers in places, not sure whether that’s good or bad. But yeah, here's our route, would be great to hear what you guys think and any advice on any aspect would be greatly appreciated!
11/06/2012- Leave Manchester Airport. Arrive Washington DC Collect Car.
See white house, Nelsons Column, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall
12/06/2012- Day in Washington DC. Drive to New York around 4-5ish (4 hours 30)
13/06/2012- New York
Central Park, Times Square, Broadway, NBA/NHL
14/06/2012- New York
Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island
15/06/2012- Leave NY morning. Drive to Niagara Falls (7 hours 22 mins) Perhaps stop in Syracuse for food (4 hours 30 into journey) Arrive Niagara Falls in the evening, find somewhere to stay
16/06/2012- Niagara Falls
Go see waterfall etc.
17/06/2012- Niagara Falls - Chicago (9 hours8 mins) Stop off Detroit MI (4 hours 30 into journey)
Food, maybe hit up the Ford Field (Held Superbowl XL in 2006) tour the stadium for a break. Arrive Chicago in evening, find somewhere to stay.
18/06/2012- Chicago to Kansas City (Or somewhere else to break up the drive to Colorado)
(8 hours 35 mins) just spend the night here. Open to suggestions of places to stop off.
19/06/2012 - Kansas City to Colorado (9 Hours26 mins) suggestions of stop off points
White water rafting, lakes, Denver Zoo, any midweek sports games? they have football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer or lacrosse.
21/06/2012- Colorado to Rapid City (7 Hours30) Suggestions of stop off point
Mount Rushmore, Devils Mound
22/06/2012- Rapid City to Thermopolis (5hours 30)
23/06/2012- Thermopolis to Old faithful (3hours 40)
Old Faithful Geyser, Rafting, Bear Watching, Rodeo, Waterfall, Grand Prismatic Spring, Grand Loop Road, Mount Washburn
24/06/2012- Old Faithful to Salt Lake City (6hours 15)
25/06/2012- Salt Lake City26/06/2012- Leave Salt Lake City. Drive to Grand Canyon (9 hours 30) Suggestions of stop off point
27/06/2012- Leave Grand Canyon. Drive to Las Vegas (Hoover Dam on the way) (4 hours 45)
Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam
28/06/2102- Las Vegas
29/06/2012- Las Vegas
30/06/2012- Leave Las Vegas. Drive to San Diego (5 hours 15)
San Diego Bridge
01/07/2012- Leave San Diego. Drive to LA (2Hours)
04/07/2012- Leave LA. Drive to San Francisco (6 Hours 30)
05/07/2012- San Francisco
San Francisco Bay (Golden Gate Bridge), San Andreas Fault line
07/07/2012- Fly from San Francisco to Manchester Airport
All times are rough estimates from Google maps. We're going to just rent a car to save time at the end if we needed to sell a car on our tight schedule.