Hi everyone! To start off - my longest drive was only 6 hrs, that 6 hrs was from NYC to Norfolk, stopping over at Washington DC.
Today, I'm planning my first road trip alone this August, from Southern California going north all the way to North Dakota and exiting to Canada to get my friend who will be my road trip buddy going back. I'm on a budget, and am not really planning on stopping on the way, except for sleeping. I am seeking tips on how I can find nearby rest areas where I can maybe park and sleep when I get tired on the road, a place where its (hopefully) safe for me to stay alone in the car... I plan on sleeping day time and driving night time. My target is to get to Canada as soon, but going back (with a friend), I want to pass by scenic routes. I have chosen only 2 stops, but being on a budget I still need to find a cheap and safe hotel for us. I'd appreciate any help or suggestions to make this trip better and more practical. But, right about now, this is the plan:
1. Leaving El Centro, Califonia (around 3 am) towards Winnipeg, Canada (total of 31/32 hrs drive)
*** I'm not sure how many stops I need for that long a drive.
My fun part starts when I leave Canada.
2. Canada to North Dakota Airport (to pick up a friend) - total of 2.5 hrs drive
3. Airport to Mount Rushmore - total of 9.5 hrs drive
4. Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone National Park - total of 8.5 hrs drive
5. Yellowstone National Park to El Centro - total of 16 hrs drive.
My friend does not drive. So, it'll be just me, and I'm not really sure of how long til I get tired. So, I have no timeline for the whole trip. I only plan on staying in Canada 1-2 days, and initially I thought a week would be enough, but I guess not? Maybe 2 weeks? I have no idea where we can stay for a cheap price. I'm not even good with cars, but I plan on driving my Nissan Sentra 2015.
Any comment would be very helpful... Is my route bad? Is it all over the place? I have no idea. Thank you in advance!