A couple of friends and I are planning a trip out West, starting from outside Philadelphia. I was wondering if anybody had any advice/comments on the feasibility of our road trip.
We have a class C RV, and we are very prepared to rough it. The RV runs on diesel, and gets approx. 10 miles to the gallon. To be short, the trip goes from Philadelphia to our most northwest point (Yellowstone) to our most southwest point (Grand Canyon), and back to Philadelphia - I'll go over specific details below. Below is a rough itinerary.
Day 1: Philadelphia to Badlands NP (25 hours driving). We know this is a long drive, but it could be split between our drivers. If anybody here strongly advises against it, we might choose to split this up into 2 days, staying over in Chicago between.
Day 2: Drive through Badlands and visit Mount Rushmore.
Day 3: Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone. (9 hours)
Day 4: Yellowstone Day 1.
Day 5: Yellowstone Day 2 (partial) - leave for Salt Lake City after dinner (5 hours). Arrive there at night.
Day 6: Rest up in Salt Lake City.
Day 7: Drive to Moab (4 hours). Canyonlands or Arches National Park.
Day 8: Canyonlands or Arches National Park (AM). Drive to Zion (Springdale) (5 hours).
Day 9: Zion Day 1.
Day 10: Zion Day 2 (AM). Drive to Grand Canyon NP (5 hours)
Day 11: Grand Canyon.
Day 12: Grand Canyon to midwest City #1 (TBD).
Day 13: City #1 to City #2 (TBD).
Day 14: City #2 to Philadelphia (Cities to be determined, just to break up the total 35 hours of driving).
Budget (6 people):
-6,000 miles, 10mpg, $4.50 diesel, $2,700 total
-Lodging: Only KOAs, other campgrounds, and in-park campsites. Avg ~ $50, $640 total
-Tolls: $200 (this is a complete estimate - more? less?)
-National Park Pass: $80
-Daily Avg. Food (individual): Total individual cost $300 (5 dinners at $15, 10 lunch/breakfast at $10, 27 meals at $3 each, $50 snacks, and food brought from home: $21 daily)
-Things to Do: $50-$100 (individual)
-Extra budgeting: $50 - $100 (individual)
Total Cost: $6,000 ($1,000 per person).
Sorry for the length of the post! Any advice, suggestions for improvement, or the pointing out of unrealistic goals in our trip are much appreciated. Thanks!