Hi guys, first-time poster, long-time reader. Thanks for a great site!
Me and a friend are planning a May (2015) trip from NYC to LA. We have a very strict 21 days to complete, minus 2 days for the flights, minus 1 day in NYC and 1 day LA. So that leaves a total of 17 days for the actual drive. We would also like to spend a non-driving day in Chicago, Denver, SF and Las Vegas, so that would bring the driving days down to 13. We are planning not to follow the I-80 all the way through; rather after Nebraska we would like to go via Denver and through the Rockies into Utah, followed by Monument Valley and Arizona, and then Las Vegas.
My questions please, if anyone would be kind enough to consider them, are:
1) Is it reasonable to expect to do all that in that time-frame? And more importantly, will it be enjoyable or will the driving days simply be too long and always stretching into the night?
2) Is it boring driving on the Interstates? In particular, the I-80, which will be around half of this planned trip? This is one of my concerns. A lot of people here seem to suggest following the smaller highways, but we would surely not have enough time for that. On this trip, we would be on smaller roads for only a tiny amount of the time - would this make the whole experience less desirable?
3) Is the Pacific Coast highway from SF to LA worth it, scenery-wise?
4) Would you recommend driving through/visiting the Death Valley in California?
Thank you for your time!