Hey, all, I'm new to the forum! My name is Logan, I'm nineteen years old and I live in Oklahoma.
I plan on taking a road trip up to Bend, Oregon to pick up a good friend of mine who is moving back to Oklahoma. From OKC to where she is, this will take around 24-28 hours according to estimates.
However, on the way back to Oklahoma, we really wanted to live it up. We plan on leaving Oregon and traveling down the coast, hitting San Francisco, Los Angeles, to drive through Nevada and experience Las Vegas (without gambling I guess, not being twenty-one), and to stop by Denver before returning home. I mapped all of this out (not without the help of the internet), and a non-stop drive would be about 40 hours tops (estimate).
I just wanted to get a few tips from everyone. Our budget is limited, so we really do not want to stay at any hotels, and we both have experiences with sleeping in vehicles (she took a three day Greyhound bus trip to Oregon from here) and I have gone from Oklahoma to Florida and back whenever I was younger. I know travel stops are a great option too. One tricky thing: she does not have a driver's license, so I will be responsible for all of the driving.
Also, how can I optimize this trip? I'm a little worried, it is so much driving... and to be honest, I really do not even want to stop at all on my way up to Oregon, but that would be quite dangerous—driving ~28 hours with no sleep...not going to happen!
So, thoughts, experiences, tips? This will be a great time for both of us, but it is a huge undertaking, and even more so on a limited budget. The closer it gets, the more anxious I get.
EDIT: I do want to add that the trip back is fluid and changeable if anyone has better suggestions. I have never been to the west coast before.
EDIT #2: I have taken a whole week off of work for this trip—it includes going up there and the return trip. I would like to at least stay a night at her soon to be former place in Oregon. Tips on the timeframe would be much appreciated as well.
EDIT #3: I really need to stop doing this... but an idea popped into my head—since staying the night in vehicles is nearly condemned by everyone here... and I know we could do it, but it's best to heed that advice, would "couchsurfing" be an appropriate alternative? Does anyone have advice concerning that?