after spending two weeks driving around California in 2008 (when this board proved a big help) I am hoping to come back with my brother in April or May next year to drive coast-to-coast (something of a lifetime ambition) if we have the good health and money to be able to do so. we have sketched out a route but of course Google Maps can only get you so far.
this is the route we are looking at. the general opinion of the forum seems to be that 500-600 miles is the most you can do in any one day, and we have a few of them. I think overall we are treating the actual travelling and road trip experience as the holiday, and I realise we won't be able to stop off much (though if something is worth seeing and nearby, we'll take it.)
this is what I've come up with so far. distances are taken from Google Maps.
day/night 01 - into San Francisco (seeing friends from England)
02 more San Francisco then over to Groveland (I stayed here last time, really liked it) - 141 miles
03 through Yosemite, down to somewhere close to LA, maybe Santa Clarita - 335 miles taking the scenic route
04 a whistle-stop tour of Santa Monica and Hollywood then arrive late in Las Vegas - 313m
05 spend a day/night in Las Vegas
06 leave early, over to Grand Canyon, take it in, stay over - 274 miles
07 over to Albuquerque, or somewhere nearby - 411 miles
08 over to Oklahoma City, or somewhere nearby - 545 miles
09 over to Tupelo (seeing more friends from England) - 572 miles
10 over to Athens, GA (birthplace of R.E.M. of course!) - 355 miles
11 over to Charlotte, NC (seeing yet more friends from England) - 200 miles
12 over to... somewhere. Richmond? open to suggestions - 292 miles (Richmond)
13 over to Washington, DC for the day and stay nearby - 108 miles
14 over to New York - 228 miles
15 more New York and then home
as you'll appreciate we are limited by the time we can take off work... I used 14 nights as a starting point. I have visited LA, Las Vegas, Yosemite and New York from my previous trip, though my brother hasn't been before and wants to see them all. I'm not very familiar with the middle States and the east coast so any observations are welcome.
1. does the route look possible? two drivers in their early 30s, happy enough doing long stretches. car to be decided on.
2. if we could push it to 16 or 18 nights, where should we add stops? I'd rather see places of real interest than make the driving easier.
3. we decided April or May to avoid a. the summer crowds b. the cold weather. is there a big difference between the two?
4. any other observations or advice on places/routes?
thanks everyone for your help.