I live in NJ and want to give my boys, ages 14 and 12, a chance to see the rest of the country. I only have 26 days to do it. We hope to do some car camping along the way. I've talked to my boys about the idea and they are excited. Here's my first attempt at a schedule. Any advice or wisdom this forum could provide would be greatly appreciated. The only MUST stay destination is the Grand Canyon, otherwise I'm completely open to suggestions.
The mileage is just approximate, I've read enough posts on this site to understand the actual total will be more.
Day 1 Leave HOME to Hershey, PA (son may have soccer game there) - 140 miles
Day 2 to Madison, WV (coal mine museum) - 410 miles
Day 3 thru Lexington, KY (churchill downs) to Louisville, KY (louisville slugger) - 270 miles
Day 4 to St. Louis, MO (gateway arch, mississippi river) - 260 miles
Day 5 to Baxter Springs, KS (Route 66) - 330 miles
Day 6 to Oklahoma City, OK (oklahoma city national memorial) - 210 miles (keep moving toward Amarillo, TX?)
Day 7 to Alburquerque, NM (nuclear science museum) - 540 miles
Day 8 to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ - 390 miles
Day 9 Grand Canyon National Park, AZ - 0 day
Day 10 to San Diego, CA - 530 miles
Day 11 San Diego, CA - 0 day
Day 12 to Joshua Tree National Park, CA - 160 miles
Day 13 to Las Vegas, NV & Hoover Dam - 190 miles
Day 14 to Zion National Park, UT - 160 miles
Day 15 to White River National Forest/Aspen, CO - 490 miles
Day 16 White River National Forest - 0 day
Day 17 to Denver, CO - 200 miles
Day 18 to Omaha, NE - 540 miles
Day 19 to Iowa City, IO - 250 miles
Day 20 to Chicago, IL - 220 miles
Day 21 Chicago - 0 day
Day 22 to Dearborn, MI (Henry Ford Museum) - 280 miles (stopping along the way in South Bend, IN)
Day 23 to Cleveland, OH (Rock & Roll) - 160 miles
Day 24 to Niagra Falls, NY - 210 miles
Day 25 to Syracuse Museum (Erie Canal) - 160 miles
Day 26 to HOME! - 280 miles
Total approximate mileage (before factoring side trips/getting lost/etc.) 6380 miles.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide!