I'm planning a one-way road trip from Toronto to Monterey in early August and would appreciate any advice!
This trip's main purpose is to help me move to Monterey, but because my parents are also coming, I'd like this trip to be a little bit more fun for them than just driving across the country. We have a 2014 Toyota RAV 4, it's practically new at only 8000 km (<5000 miles). Based on the rough estimates from a couple websites, the total drive time is around 40 hours, so the timeframe I have planned for this road trip is around 7-8 days.
There are a couple places that we would like to stop at to meet with friends: St. Louis, Missouri, and San Francisco CA. We would also like to see one or two national parks on the way, and would like to have some flexibility with the route we choose. We have had short road trips and day trips to Niagara Falls and Buffalo, but other than that, we really don't have much experience with road trips and therefore I'm here to research and seek advice on lodging choices (we are looking at motels), dining choices (some local food would be great, but not a must), and just general driving tips. I am also technically "importing" my car to the US, and I've looked at some of the legal requirements like the emissions standards and compliance requirements. But if anyone has any experience or advice on this I'd also greatly appreciate it if you could share them with me.
Thanks in advance!