New here -
My husband and I have just started planning a 2 week road trip from our home in Central FL. It will be my graduation present when I get my Masters of Social Work. My husband has been to most of these places on family trips in the past, I have never been out west. We road trip and camp/backpack well from our Volvo, the longest being from Virginia Beach VA to Memphis TN in one day.
So far our route looks like this:
1: Orlando FL to Shreveport LA (motel stay)
2: Shreveport LA to Albuquerque NM: including Cadillac Ranch (motel stay)
3: Albuquerque to Grand Canyon NP: including Meteor Crater, lunch in Flagstaff (campground stay)
4-6: Grand Canyon NP to Zion NP: including day trip to Bryce Canyon NP (3 night camground stay at Zion)
7-8: Zion NP to Arches NP: including Canyonlands NP (2 night campground stay at Arches)
9: Arches NP to Rocky Mountain NP: including Colorado NM (campground stay at Rocky Mountain)
10: Rocky Mountain NP to Hays KS (motel stay)
11: Hays KS to St. Louis MO (motel stay)
12-13: St Louis MO to Memphis TN (stay with family)
14: Memphis Tn to Orlando FL
That's 7 nights camping in 4 different NP, and 4 motel stays. We will be getting a NP pass obviously. We have budgeted about $700 (2 weeks at $50 a day) for food and $800 for gas based on 5,400 miles. Our total budget including motels and campground is going to be a bit over $2000.
How's that sound? Any tips or advice? Any places we're missing or must see road side attractions. We have the option of staying a night longer somewhere instead of 2 nights in Memphis.
Thanks! I look forward to reading through the forums :)