Long story short, a friend and I are looking at doing a 24 day trip across the country in Fall, 2017. I've done a very rough sketch out of the route, and I figure this is what we'll do.
Toronto, ON - Seattle, WA, w/ overnights en route in Wisconsin Dells, WI; Wall, SD; and Butte, MT.
Planning on staying 2 nights in Seattle.
Sights to see:
- kitschy sights along the way
- Minuteman missile silo
- Mt. Rushmore
- Devils Tower
- Little Bighorn Battlefield.
I figure that we'd allow for an hour at Mt. Rushmore, and the other "sights" will be a "stretch your legs and take a photo or two" type of affair.
Seattle, WA - Portland, OR
Planning on staying 2 nights in Portland.
Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA
Planning on staying 3 nights in San Francisco.
I'm not sure what sights would be best to see en route - so I'm open to suggestions!
San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Planning on staying 1 night in Los Angeles, CA.
I'm planning on taking Hwy. 1 down the coast, and figure there will be lots of good pull-off spots to take photos, stretch the legs, etc. I've taken note of a few interesting bridges I'd like to see and photograph, as well as the McWay Waterfall Trail in Big Sur which looks pretty sweet.
Los Angeles, CA - Las Vegas, NV
Planning on staying 1 night in Las Vegas, NV.
Las Vegas, NV - Grand Canyon, AZ
Planning on staying 1 night in Flagstaff, AZ.
I'm planning to see the Hoover Dam (by way of driving over it and/or snapping a few pics (neither of us have any real desire to do a tour or anything), stop in Chloride, AZ and be in the Grand Canyon (South Rim) with enough time to get some great pics in daylight.
Flagstaff, AZ - El Paso, TX
Planning on staying 1 night in El Paso, TX.
El Paso, TX - Austin, TX
Planning on staying 1 night in Austin, TX.
I'm planning on stopping at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, TX en route to Austin, which I think will require a pretty early start out of El Paso - especially given the time change between El Paso and the rest of TX.
Austin, TX - Vacherie, LA
Planning on staying 1 night in Vacherie, LA.
I'm planning on stopping en route to Vacherie at the Tabasco factory in Avery Island, LA.
Vacherie, LA - Mobile, AL
Planning on staying 1 night in Mobile, AL.
Planning on stopping en route to Mobile in Biloxi, MS, to see the historic lighthouse (and maybe grab lunch!).
Mobile, AL - Daytona Beach, FL
Planning on staying in Daytona Beach, FL for a total of 5 nights.
Daytona Beach, FL - Atlanta, GA
Planning on staying 1 night in Atlanta, GA to see a friend.
Atlanta, GA - Toronto, ON
Now, I've never done a road trip of this magnitude, and I figure that, since we are staying with family in Florida, we have a buffer of a day or two on the way to FL. I know that some days will be very driving intensive (esp. the leg out to Seattle and from Atlanta to home - although I did Atlanta-home in May in 13 hours nearly on the nose).
In any event, my question really is - is this feasible? What alterations would you make/suggest? Any tips on lodging, where to eat, etc., for folks who have done any potion of this trip?
Thanks in advance! Comments and suggestions are always welcome :)