Hi everyone. I am planning a long road trip from LA to DC. I actually live in Hawaii, so will be catching a plane ride to Los Angeles to begin my road trip. This is in part to see a friend in Houston, and another in the northern Virginia area. It is also a scenic trip. I want to see some of the national parks and outdoor nature. I have 14 days planned for the entire trip. I will be driving in a rental car picked up in LA and dropped off in DC. It will be a Toyota Corolla (what I drive at home), so a car I am obviously familiar with.
I know the distance from LA to DC is a little over 2,500 miles. I'm planning to drive around 250 miles per day on average, so I'm estimating 5-6 hours per day, factoring in any traffic.
I have a partial itinerary for Los Angeles to Houston. I don't know the route from Houston to DC. I need the most help there.
Day 1 drive from LA to Vegas. Book a cheap hotel (Holiday/Comfort Inn type of place, nothing fancy and preferably somewhere off the strip).
I have been to Vegas many times with family. I have seen the strip and downtown Vegas casinos/hotels, and the major attractions. I just want to start my trip and stop in a familiar place.
Day 2 visit Hoover Dam in the morning. Spend 3-4 hours there. Leave Hoover Dam around 2-3 pm. Drive to somewhere close to the Grand Canyon. Maybe a small hotel/lodge around 15-20 miles from the Canyon. Sleep there for the night.
Day 3 spend entire day enjoying Grand Canyon. Maybe watch sunset. Sleep at same lodge/hotel.
Day 4 leave to drive to Petrified Forest. Leave at 10 am and get there around 2 pm. See the sights for the rest of the day/early evening. Sleep in hotel near forest for the night.
Day 5 spend morning driving through forest one last time. Take pictures alongside the road. Drive to El Paso. Spend night at hotel there.
Day 6 spend morning/early afternoon visiting museum/local attraction. Drive from El Paso to somewhere in the middle of Texas. Need help finding a town to stop over in for the night. Somewhere close to halfway between El Paso and Houston. If there's nothing to do in El Paso, maybe just drive for the whole day, finding a roadside place for lunch.
Day 7 drive from middle of Texas to Houston. Arrive in Houston for the night.
Day 8 spend day with friend in Houston. He has a day planned for me.
Day 9 Visit museum district in Houston, maybe do a tour of the football or baseball stadiums.
Days 10 to 14 From Houston to DC I need help planning route. Is 5 days enough time? Cities to spend a full day in? I like museums, parks, mountains, and lakes. Also any good restaurants for lunch or dinner? I enjoy seafood, pasta, and pretty much anything Japanese/Chinese.
Thanks for all of your help.