I'm planning a one-way cross-country road trip with my family for my 50th birthday in the summer of '08.
Is this route too ambitious for 3 weeks?
Cape Cod to St. Louis (visit relatives) to Colorado (stay in Rocky Mountain National Park) to Santa Fe and Flagstaff, via Route 66, to Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite and San Francisco?
Should we fly to St. Louis and rent a car there? I'd sort of like to be able to say my family did the whole cross-country thing (and save on air fare). But the priority is to spend time out West, after visiting with relatives in St. Louis.
Also, how far in advance should I book lodgings at the YMCA of the Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon and Yosemite? Any suggestions for fairly inexpensive rustic cabin lodgings or nice motels?
Should we rent an RV or a car for the trip?
Various family members from several states may be joining us along our westward trek. They aren't too keen on Las Vegas, but I think it would be fun to do at least an overnight there, enjoy the pools and see the strip lit up at night. What do you think? (We'll be traveling with kids ages 9 to 16.)