I'm off to college in Rochester, NY in August, and I'm planning to make a road trip over there from my home near Los Angeles.
My questions for you:
Do you see any problems with this route? The first two destinations are just to get google maps to do my first leg along the 126 and the 1.
I expect to be bored to death for the entire state of Nebraska, are there any alternate routes to take that wouldn't add too much distance, or anything fun to do other than drive in a straight line on I80 for 500 miles?
My proposed schedule:
Day 1, August 2nd: Drive up the 1 to Berkeley.
Days 2 and 3: Stay with friends in Berkeley. Explore San Francisco.
Day 4: Drive Berkeley to Winnemucca,Nevada or similar motel town.
Day 5: Complete Drive to Salt Lake City. Sleep, walk around for a while, find some Jazz, whatever.
Day 6: Stay a day.
Day 7: Salt Lake to Denver
Day 8 and 9: Chillout in Denver
Day 10:Half of the Denver to Pleasant Valley, IA trip. End with motel in Lincoln, NE or surrounding area.
Day 11: Continue to my friend in Pleasant Valley. Stay 2 days.
Day 14: Drive to Chicago. Stay with family for 2-3 days.
Day 17: Drive to Toronto. (Long drive, but I don't want to go to Detroit. I'll also be rested from 3 days of Aunts and Grandma, etc.).
Day 18-20/21: Have fun in Toronto.
Day 21: Drive to Rochester. (3 hours) Arrive on August 22. Freshmen orientation begins August 23.
If I'm tired of driving when I reach Chicago, I'll stay there instead of going to Toronto and spend 2 days going to Rochester.
I've never done a multi-day roadtrip, so I'm open to any and all suggestions, particularly regarding my itinerary, routes, roads, and places to stay between San Fran and Salt Lake, in Salt Lake, and between Denver and Iowa.
I'm also a 17 year old, small male teenager making this trip in a small car loaded with my possessions, so any tips regarding safety would be appreciated. I have a budget for motels between cities and hostels/motels in Denver and Toronto, so no worries about camping or sleeping in my car in weird places. I also have AAA.
Things I'm concerned about:
All that driving! My longest day is probably my first, which google maps says is just under 8 hours. If I took the 5, it would be about 5 and a half hours. I've never driven PCH, but I assume it's worth it. Most other days seem manageable, with 5-7 hours of driving each day, except Chicago to Toronto, but I really don't want to waste a day there.
Comfort. What should I get to make my car more comfortable, particularly the seat. I have ~100 CDs and 2 audiobooks, plus some standup comedy to listen to, and I'm planning on a fruits, veggies, and water cooler in my passenger footwell.
Thank you guys, I'm really glad I found this forum.