I live on Cape Cod MA and was invited to my cousin's wedding this summer in Montana, at Yellowstone. I am going to be 39 a few days before this trip begins and have decided to take 2 weeks to cross a coast to coast trip off my bucket list. At this time it looks like I am leaving my family behind and going alone, there is some concern about me going alone from my husband and parents. To help keep everyone on board I have agreed to have detailed itinerary planned for this adventure.
Although I have July 4, 5, and 6th off I decided not to travel on them as they are typically heavy travel days and I can spend a few days with my family before leaving.
July 7th – jump in the Atlantic Ocean and drive approximately 12 hours to Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio – tent camp
July 8th – drive approximately 12 hours to Forestville/ Mystery Cave Park in MN – tent camp
July 9th- drive approximately 8 hours to Badland National Park- tent camp
July 10th – see Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse and camp at Cluster State Park
July 11-12- Visit family/attend a wedding at Yellowstone- explore Yellowstone and stay at the condo my parents rented
July 13- drive to Portland Oregon – no idea of were exactly to camp- the goal is to swim in the Pacific by the 14th
July 14-19th – I have wrestled with my return trip. Part of me wants to go to Seattle or if the weather is right to Vancouver to cross off see the Northern lights from my to do list of life. Frankly I am only going to Oregon to get to the Pacific and Portland seems like a pretty interesting city. I need some direction from someone with more experience on the second leg of my trip; frankly I am sure the entire trip needs some tweaking. I have always been more of a spontaneous traveler but the deal I made was to have a plan, make reservations and to be safe.
I love weird road side attractions, kitschy, artsy, folk type of stuff. I also have the capacity to drive up to 15 hours a day without issue but I really would like to enjoy the trip. I need to start booking camp sights and coming up with a more. If anyone can help me mold my trip I would appreciate it.
It looks like gas and tolls will eat up around 1300. This leaves me 700 for food, lodging, park admissions, etc.., I am working on saving the money for this currently since their is no one to split the cost with and it's hard to find someone who wants to drive for 2 weeks in a car.
I would love some advice and assistance putting together a plan that is fun for me and gives my family a feeling of security while away on the road for 2 weeks. I know people do it all the time, just not me….
Thanks for your help!