I am planning on driving more or less around the country (with spells through Canada, not sure if you will be familiar with the portion) with some friends starting from Connecticut and going south. We plan on the trip lasting 4-5 weeks, from late May to mid-late June
Here's the basic outline with the major stops we want to hit:
Connecticut - Savannah, GA - New Orleans, LA - Austin, TX - Tucson, AZ - Grand Canyon, AZ - Page, AZ - Zion National Park, UT - Las Vegas, NV - Los Angeles, CA - Sequoia National Forest, CA - Yosemite National Park, CA - San Francisco, CA - Portland, OR - Seattle, WA - Vancouver, BC - Spokane, WA - Yellowstone National Park - Denver, CO - Madison, WI - Chicago, IL - Montreal, QC - Connecticut
Here are a few more details for you:
There are four of us (all 22 years old) going in a Dodge Grand Caravan that has about 130k on it. It drives very well and has new tires and brakes. Our plan is to shoot down the east coast to Savannah quickly since we have all driven the east coast before. Ideally that will give us another day or two out west. We are trying to maximize our time out west and at the national parks. From Denver, again we will fast track through the plains and the mid west before turning up past Toronto to reach Montreal. We are bringing camping equipment, and plan on camping every night other than when we stay with family along the way. Using the gas calculator for 9500 miles at 18 mpg at a cost of $3.00 per gallon it should cost about $1500 dollars in gas.
Some questions I have are:
1) First of all, does this seem like a viable amount of time to accomplish such a long trip?
2) Im having trouble figuring out how to budget for things like food and campsites. Is there a good rule of thumb or trick to calculate those numbers?
3) Have any of you made border crossings like we are considering? Is it difficult or a smooth process? (we all have proper documentation)
4) There are a bunch of cities on our list...i'm not really sure what my question is but advice on camping in or around them so we can still go in and have a good time would be appreciated!
5) Also any other advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated, since we have never made a drive of this scale before