I am graduating from school in May and my boyfriend and I are going to take a trip from Warrenton, VA to California and back.
So far I have an idea of the way out there but would really appreciate some suggestions as I know nothing about any part of our country except for the east coast.
The following itinerary is based on places that I have to stay along the way. Any ideas of where to stop along the way or alternative routes is greatly appreciated!
Also an idea of how much to budget would be great also!!
I am a college student so virtually have nothing but my credit card... so WAYS TO SAVE MONEY WOULD BE GREAT!!!
Since the places below are all places where I have family, they are obviously free! But I still need to figure out how much it is going to be to camp or stay in hotels along the way...
Monday, May 26th- VA to New Orleans- 16 hours
think we can do 16 hours in one day?
also this is memorial day- think we should leave earlier/later because of traffic??
Thursday, May 29- New Orleans to Dallas, TX- 8 hours
I don't know anyone in Dallas, but since it's on the way I figure we should splurge and stay a night.
Friday, May 30- Dallas to Oklahoma City- 3 1/2 hours
I have an uncle here that works a lot so it would be nice to stay here for the weekend when he is free.
**I have relatives in Odessa, TX and Phoenix, AZ--but it seems that it would be out of the way to go there...suggestions?**
Monday, June 2- OK City to Flagstaff, AZ- 12 hours
We want to camp on the way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon but have no clue how much time to invest into this... should we stay in Flagstaff the first night, then get up early the next morning, drive to GC and hike down there, stay at the bottom one night, the hike up??
Also, should be stay in Alberquerque along the way since it's a long drive?
Saturday, June 7- Grand Canyon to Joshua Tree National Park- 6 hours
This park looks absolutely beautiful so I was thinking we would take Sunday to hike in part of it.
Monday, June 9- Joshua Tree to San Diego, CA- 3 hours
We have a place to stay here for 3 nights so we probably see the sights and make use of the beach. :)
Thursday June 12- San Diego to Coto de Caza- 1 1/2 hours
I have an uncle here so it would be convenient for 3 nights on the weekend.
Saturday, June 14- Coto de Caza to San Francisco- 8++ hours
We will probably take our time and take the Pacific Coast Highway (and 17-mile drive) up the coast to San Fran. Suggestion on where to stay a night on the way?
We have a place to stay in San Fran for 3 nights.
Thursday, June 19th- Most likely BROKE and no clue how to go home. Ideas? =)