A friend and I have decided to take a cross-country road trip. We've been friends for 20+ years and did travel to Italy on a guided tour together a few years back for about 9-10 days without too much aggravation! We don't have a budget, but do have time restraints as we both work and we are pretty realistic about how long we can be together 24/7 and still come back friends.
He has taken long road trips recently, to TX and back. It's been awhile since I've been in a car more than 4-5 hours but have driven to the East Coast, FL, GA, etc.
One discussion we are having is which vehicle to take, my Prius or his pick-up (with extended cab). I get more than twice the MPG he does and the back seat is just as roomy as his for napping. Luggage/shopping space is obviously more limited in the Prius, but unless we are looking at totem poles, I'm thinking the savings in gas will outweigh shipping purchases home.
Also one discussion is what time to leave. There is not much between here and Mount Rushmore that we want to see. However, we do want to stop at the Corn Palace and Wall Drug. He thinks if we leave at 3 a.m., we can make these stops and still get to Rapid City so we have a full day in that area.
We have revised the itinerary a few times and are pretty flexible to changes. I am concerned about not making hotel reservations - just because of the deals you can get on-line and if we just show up, we'll be paying full rates.
Any input is appreciated. We leave May 2.
Day 1 WI-MN-SD Milwaukee WI to Mitchell SD = 566 miles, 9:27, Mitchell SD to Wall SD = 221 miles, 3:39, Wall SD to Rapid City SD = 55.5 miles, :55 (gain 1 hour)
Day 2 Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, hiking
Day 3 SD-WY-MT Rapid City SD to Yellowstone Park WY = 542 miles, 8:21
Day 4 Yellowstone
Day 5 MT-ID-WA Yellowstone Park WY to Spokane WA = 476 miles, 7:45 (gain 1 hour)
Day 6 Spokane
Day 7 WA Spokane WA to Seattle WA = 280 miles, 4:38
Day 8 Seattle
Day 9 WA-OR Seattle WA to Astoria OR = 177 miles, 3:15
Day 10 OR Astoria OR to Tillamook OR = 71.7 miles, 1:35
Tillamook OR to Portland OR = 79.4 miles, 1:36
Day 11 OR-ID Portland OR to Boise ID = 430 miles, 7:26 (lose 1 hour)
Day 12 ID-UT Boise ID to Salt Lake City UT = 340 miles, 5:24
Day 13 - SLC
Day 14 UT-WY Salt Lake City UT to Cheyenne WY = 440 miles, 6:47
Day 15 WY-NE Cheyenne WY to Omaha NE = 495 miles, 7:37 (lost 1 hour)
Day 16 NE-IA-IL-WI Omaha NE to Milwaukee WI = 513 miles, 8:20