We are planning a trip from Indianapolis to Las Vegas. We chose to drive because we have a little time and we prefer to see whatever we can along the way. We don't get to travel much and we budget travel. We have 4 nights free in Vegas and plan to couch surf as part of the adventure the rest of the time. Here's how we currently have our trip broken down. Curious if you think this is realistic? Never drove out this far and know the geography and traffic will make a difference in timing.
Day 1 - Leave Indy around 10am
Day 1 - arrive in Salina, KS around 6:00pm. Stay overnight with friend.
Day 2 - leave Salina, KS around 8am.
Day 2 - arrive in grand junction or there abouts- stay one night (prob couchsurfing)
Day 3 - wake up and explore - stay the night
Day 4 - leave Colorado 9am drive straight to Vegas.
Day 4 - arrive in Vegas, check into room, sleep for a bit, wake up later and party
Day 5 - explore red rock in afternoon/ the strip at night
Day 6 - drive to Grand Canyon to get a break - couch surf in the village
Day 7 - drive to Mount Charleston and back to Vegas for our last night there.
Day 8 - leave Vegas heading to Los Angeles via scenic route
Day 8 - arrive in LA - eat dinner/couchsurfing
Day 9 - explore Hollywood and leave around late afternoon
Day 9 - head home to Indy. We have two whole days to get home.
I know we will be limited in what we can do but for us the drive/escape is all the fun. Vegas hotel is free so we figure we will have a big party while there since we have three whole nights to enjoy there (had four but choose to couchsurf one of those nights in the Grand Canyon) and it's not our typical style of vacation. The rest of the way is more of seeing the American landscape and taking in the small towns. I feel like we broke up the driving into chunks (except the way home) so we shouldn't be too exhausted each day.
We are road trippers who like to get in the car and flip a coin to our destination and usually at the last minute. So realistically is this trip doable/enjoyable for us? What have I failed to consider?
Thanks in advance!!!!