Hello fellow road trippers, I'm planning a road trip extravaganza as you can see from the thread title and I would like some advice and suggestions about the trip.
My brother and I plan on starting our trip from Crozet, VA and heading on over to drive the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, VA, from there we plan to go to Washington, D.C. and then on up to Philadelphia, PA, then to New York City, NY, then to Boston, MA. From there keep North to Acadia National Park, ME and then to Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, ME, then down to Niagra Falls, NY then to Chicago, IL then set West to Badlands National Park, SD then to Yellowstone National Park, WY then up to Glacier National Park, MT to wrestle a grizzly or 2 before heading further West to Seattle, WA and then Olympic National Park, WA to finally see the Pacific Ocean! From there head south on US Route 101 down the coast of Washington and Oregon until merging onto State Route 1 in California down to San Francisco, CA then jump back on State Route 1 down to Los Angeles, CA and then to Newport Beach, CA, then to Death Valley National Park, CA. From there start back East to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ then to Zion National Park, UT then over to Monument Valley, UT. Then head down to Houston TX, then over to see Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans, LA to enjoy some of that world class gumbo. After filling up on gumbo and sweet tea, head South to Miami Beach, FL then down to Key West, FL to scuba dive in the crystal clear water. From there start back North to Atlanta, GA before finishing trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway from North Carolina up through Virginia.
My brother and I will be driving my 2002 Kia Rio, we plan on sleeping in my car for much of the trip and eating dollar menu to make the trip cost as little as possible. I've calculated the trip to be around 11,500 miles, I get 27 MPG and at a national average of 3.68 dollars per gallon that leads us to $1,567 for the price of gas for this trip. Some questions I have are, would you recommend sleeping at truck stops or camp grounds? Any suggestions for what type of food is good to take on the road? How much do think this trip should cost us total? Do you think this trip can be done in about a month with time to enjoy these destinations? Do you have any suggestions for other places along the way to visit or must see attractions in the area's listed? Thanks for any and all advice!