So, I have a friend who is graduating from a college in Garden Valley, TX. I and a friend are flying down there, and then we are driving back up with him and his brother. We'll be in a Dodge Grand Caravan, so there will be ample room to stretch feet and all that.
We're pretty lean on road trip experience.
What we're looking for is any ideas as far as good eats and attractions along the way, things to watch out for, and just general road trip tips (how not to kill each other in the car, food, how to handle unexpected things, what some of those unexpected things can be, etc.). Things that are common sense for the seasoned road tripper.
Google states that the shortest route is going north through Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. However, we all want to go to the Grand Canyon, so that's not happening. There are two revised itineraries that appear to be feasible:
1. Cutting north through Vegas - 2,115 mi – about 1 day 8 hours (per Google)
93 through NV to 84, and the to 82 and to 90 (woohoo, home!).
2. East to California and going up - 2,298 mi – about 1 day 11 hours
40 to I-15 to CA-58 to CA-4W to I-5 up to Seattle.
I am kind of leaning toward the CA route, because we'll be driving through Barstow, where the original Del Taco is, and In-And-Out. However, I've never driven anywhere past eastern WA and northern OR, so I'd kinda like to have the opportunity to drive through the main Vegas strip (and there's an In-And-Out there).
One place I know we're hitting is The Big Texan, home of the 72oz steak. It's right where we'll be getting onto 40, and will get us going with some good foods.
We're really jazzed about this and want to make it count. I have a GPS and a laptop (with converter), so we'll be tracking our trip and posting at nights or wherever there's signal.
Any insight or suggestions that y'all have would be most appreciated and useful. Also, if anyone has experience blogging a trip, ideas would be awesome.