My daughter (19) and I are leaving in two weeks to travel from Atlanta to California. Our tentative plan is to travel from Atl. to Mo., Ks., Colo., Utah, Nev., Calif....down the coast of Calif...heading back through Arizona, NMex., Tx, La, Miss, Ala. As the time gets closer I am getting more concerned that we haven't a clue what we are getting ourselves in for. I am a bit overwhelmed at the amount of info on the website and if someone doesn't mind would like some comments related directly to our trip. We have 4-6 weeks to travel (or until the $$ runs out). We would like to stop in each state and see something "worth seeing". The Grand Canyon, LasVegas, and Calif coast are our main objectives but want this to be an adventure everyday. We will be traveling in a Honda (hopefully with a luggage rack)....would like to pack only the necessities. Okay with camping (though we have never done it), but have purchased a nice tent (this may be a huge mistake as I am 50 and like a good night's sleep). Am a bit worried about safety in camp sites...and do we need reservations...and will there be camp sites everywhere along the way...and is this really doable????? Anxiety rising. We would like to spend at least a week or two in Calif, taking our time from San Francisco to San Diego. We have no reservations anywhere at this point....are there camp sites along the coast? Reasonable hotels? I am ok with an adventure and some unexpected curve balls....but would like to know there will be safe places to sleep. I am feeling totally clueless at this point. Is this a huge mistake...just getting in the car with as little as possible...and going? Madness?? Oh..we would like to go white water rafting in Colo....but haven't a clue what to do in all the other states.
Thanks for reading and responding...I want this to be an adventure my daughter will never forget....but for good reasons.