Two friends and I (from Europe) want to go on a pretty big road trip in summer 2013. I am going to be overseas for a while before that so we're starting to plan already.
- 5-6 weeks time, end of June till end of July/beginning of August.
- money is not a huge issue, though we don't want to spend much more than needed.
- NYC is the only place we're planning on staying for 4 nights, the rest is either 1 night in all the NP (in a tent) and Hotels/Motels on the way. We have included 2-3 'reserve nights' in case someone gets sick, we're tired of the road or if we want to stay somewhere for longer.
ROUTE: We're starting in NY (rental car) where we'll spend 4 nights then drive all the way to Las Vegas in pretty much one go, visiting Grand Canyon on the way and sleeping somewhere when we're too tired to go on.
Then we're going to Death Valley and Sequoia. The next city stop is L.A. but we just wanna see the major sights and we're off again. From L.A. we drive along the coast to San Francisco... we're not sure how to go on after that. When we look at the map it looks like a huge detour but we're not sure if there is a better way. Anyway. Next stop is Grand Teton and Yellowstone NPs and then we sort of make our way back to the coast to the Olympic NP and Seattle. We want to give back the rental car in Seattle and take the bus to Vancouver which is our final destination.
Do you think this is too much to see? I'd hate it if we were in such a hurry that we would miss all the fun!
Also, we really don't know what there is to see on the way from NYC to Grand Canyon... is there something really great we should definitely see?
edited to add: all 3 of us can drive though we are not used to such long distances. It is also the first time in the US for me, the other two have been to Las Vegas and some of the National Parks but nothing as major as we're planning now.