Hey Guys! First post here. I am a 21 year old college student who will be graduating next may and I started looking into this trip about 2 weeks ago. I really have a great route mapped out, but wanted some opinions from some people who may know more than me about obstacles, time, etc. I will be doing this with my girlfriend, so there will be 2 drivers. If you see anything that you don't think I am dedicating enough time to, let me know! The trip is planning on lasting 2.5 weeks, but hopefully by next winter, it may be bumped up to 3 weeks.
Day 1 - Leave MA at Midnight, drive to DC, spend the day there sightseeing monuments, and drive to Harrisonburg, VA to sleep for the night.
Day 2 - Leave Harrisonburg, 8.5 hours to Nashville, spend the night in Nashville sightseeing the city
Day 3 - Leave Nashville, drive 6 hours to Hot Springs National park in Arkansas, spend the day/night there
Day 4 - Take the day to get to Abilene, TX stopping at any sights/towns on the way that look intriguing, stay in Abilene for the night (8 hours)
Day 5 - Leave Abilene, go to Carlsbad National Park, drive to El Paso, TX for the night (7 hours total)
Day 6 - Sightsee in El Paso, head to white sand national monument, then to Tucson ( 6 hours total)
Day 7 - Tucson to Hollywood (7 hours)
Day 8 - Disneyland
Day 9 - Either Disneyland or sightseeing in LA
Day 10 - Hollywood to Vegas, spend afternoon/night in Vegas (4 hrs)
Day 11 - Vegas to Sedona, spend afternoon/night in Sedona (4 hrs)
Day 12 - Sedona to Roswell, NM (8 hrs)
Day 13-17- Leave Roswell later in day, drive towards MA, probably stop in St. Louis
1. Is this good pacing for a trip? Too packed? I figure hitting the road by 6-6:30 on most days would be good.
2. Is there a lot to do in Roswell? The Bottomless Lake State park looks intriguing, as well as all the alien stuff, but I didn't know if an afternoon and night would suffice there.
3. Is a night in Vegas enough to just see all the hotels and sights on the strip? We won't have the money to gamble/drink, so it would just be to see it.
4. Albuquerque looks really interesting, but is it a few hour stop or a day stop? I was thinking of maybe axing something else for it.
5. How much is there to do in El Paso?
6. Is Hot Springs National Park worth a day? Interesting? Scenic?
Any and all information/help would be greatly appreciated! With any luck, we'll be able to spend the 3 weeks because I feel that would allow us a little more breathing room. It would also be a great graduation present! Between hotwire and tenting, lodging shouldn't be too pricey.
Thanks in advance!