My boyfriend and I will be traveling from Boston to San Francisco during the first week in August. We are both turning 25 during the first few day's of August so figure it is a good birthday present to ourselves! We have rented a one way, mustang convertible from Alamo and plan to drive coast to coast in 8 day's. We have already heard that this sounds a bit ambitious but we can only take a week and a half off from work. After 8 days of driving to CA, we plan to spend 2 nights in San Francisco, then fly back to Boston. All in all, the trip will be August 3rd to August 13th.
As it will be August, we plan to take a northern route. We are really interested in seeing some amazing and diverse scenery. We realize with the time we are spending, we will be driving through a lot.
We would like to go on a hike, camp out for at least one night, and possibly see some cheesy road trip cliché's.
Here are some of the places we are thinking. We know we can't fit it all.
We both would really like to see Chicago- maybe spend a half day there.
Salt Lake City, UT
Drive on part of the Pacific Coast, CA
What would you recommend? With 8 day's in the car and 3,000-3,500 miles to travel, what are the definite sites to see? We plan to stay at cheaper hotels with AAA discounts along the way.
Thank you in advance for your recommendations!