My parents are moving from Alabama to Oregon and they need me to drive a car semi-full of stuff. This of course is the perfect opportunity for a road trip! I've invited a female friend to help me with the driving as well. I figure I have enough money for about 3 weeks of driving and I've got the trip planned out a bit.
Leaving on July 2nd we have (http://g.co/maps/5nw4b) :
Day 1: Montgomery, AL -> Memphis, TN
Day 2: Memphis -> Joplin, MI (she's got a friend here)
Day 3: July 4th in Joplin
Day 4: Joplin -> Somewhere in Kansas
Day 5: Kansas -> Somewhere in Nebraska
Day 6: Nebraska -> Denver, CO (Stay with a friend)
Day 7: Day in Denver to celebrate my 21st.
Day 8: Denver -> Yellowstone (probably a late start though)
Day 9: Spent in Yellowstone
Day 10:Yellowstone -> Salt Lake City, UT (stop at Grand Tetons along the way for a few hours)
Day 11: Salt Lake -> Somewhere near Grand Canyon
Day 12: Grand Canyon -> Las Vegas (Hoover Dam stop)
Day 13: Las Vegas -> Death Valley National Park
Day 14: Death Valley -> Yosemite Valley NP
Day 15: Yosemite Valley -> San Francisco, CA
Day 16: Spend a day in SF
Day 17+: Drive up the coast to Portland, OR
Days 4 and 5 are just to pad out the trip a little before Denver, but I'm not sure what's to see or where to stop.
Lodging will mostly be cheap motels and couch surfing so we can splurge for the national parks. Food will be from groceries stores, but I'm a bit of a foodie so we might rack up some expenses having a taste of America.
I'm a little worried I've crammed too much into this trip, so if you have any suggestions or insights please let me know!