I would really like some expert input on the road trip I am trying to plan for May. Time span is the entire month of May.
Travelling with 3 people in a Toyota Rav4
Average age 21, so we are not going to be staying in hotels or eating 5 star meals or anything like that
Plan is to camp mostly, except in the major cities we plan on visiting.
I'd like to use two lane highways instead of interstates, but it just doesn't seem realistic to do that the whole trip. Plan is to use US101 and Cali state US 1 on the West coast though.
All three of us are capable of driving 5-6 hrs at a time, so we plan on doing 10-12 hr driving days to buy more time at destinations.
Starting from Columbus, OH
to Chicago, IL spend 2-3 nights here
to Yellowstone national park (20 hr drive) spend two nights there. Split the 20 hr drive between two days/Probably motel for a night here
From Yellowstone to Seattle (12 hr drive) probably will tackle this drive in one day
Stay at friends place in Seattle for two nights
Drive to Portland stay for a night
From Portland to San Fran through two lane highways mainly US 101/US 1. (16 hr drive) Plan is to take 2 or 3 days driving down to SF camping along the way.
Stay in San Fran for two nights
At this point I'm not 100% sure of the plan, but here is a rough idea.
San Fran-to Phoenix, AZ one day driving around 10 hrs
Spend night in Phoenix, then drive to Grand Canyon, camp there one night
Grand Canyon to Boulder or Colorado Springs or Denver ( around 11 hrs drive ) in one day
Colorado to Columbus is a 20 hr drive-Will drive this distance over 3 days staying overnight at two stops that are yet to be determined
In my head this seems really doable. After counting out the days I believe we can stay even longer at the destinations mentioned above. Google maps calculates this at 99 hrs, ~6200 miles.
Then again I might be being ambitious. I have faith in our endurance, and glancing over what I wrote above it seems possible to me.
Please give me some advice and tips, I would really appreciate it.