My family and I are planning to drive from Central/North Central Texas to Buffalo, New York this summer. My wife's family lives up there and we plan on attending their annual family reunion this year. The last time we visited was five years ago when we flew with a <1 year old baby.
We plan on leaving early in the morning and driving to Memphis, TN where we plan on staying the first night. This is a very familiar trip (home to Memphis) that we have made multiple times in a decent amount of time. From Memphis, TN we plan on driving to Cincinnati, OH, where we will stay for the second night. We should arrive in Buffalo on the third day of travel where we will stay for a few days before heading back to Texas. We are looking to take a slightly different route back from New York and are open to suggestions on which way to go.
Also, we plan on breaking each day of travel up into 2 sections. We plan to wake up and leave around 8 am each day and driving for approx. 4 hours. After stopping for a few hours for lunch and sightseeing/shopping/etc. we will continue our drive for another 4 hours before stopping for the night.
I drive a small sedan that gets 40-45 mpg. We are budgeting about $300 for fuel. We plan to stay in cheap hotels that we either book online or find along the way. Budgeting approximately $50 per night for lodging. We will stay with family in Buffalo. Total budget for fuel and lodging is $500.
Does anyone see anything here that I am missing? Does this seem doable to those of you that are experienced road-trippers? Any suggestions or advice?