Hi all, last year I took a little road trip by myself (after posting the itinerary up here for feedback) and enjoyed it immensely. I drove from Los Angeles to Vancouver and back, with stops in Seattle and San Francisco. I came down the coast, went to a couple of baseball games, Alcatraz, and the Redwood National Forest. 3540 miles, 15 days. As a result, despite the insane gas prices, I'm doing it again, taking it up a notch, and leaving L.A. August 12th.
Again, I'd appreciate pretty much any advice on the matter, from "must see destinations" to "you need to allot more time here," and etc. Once I hit Minneapolis, the trip is chock-full of baseball games, and as a result, the schedule is somewhat rigid. Still, I'd like some instant reactions on the overall itinerary. It is pretty daunting, to be quite honest. But how would I rectify this, short of extending the trip? Are there expendable cities? Do you look at this and think, "This is completely impossible"? Or "This is tough, but doable, and awesome"?
From Los Angeles, CA
Day 1: Salt Lake City (690 miles) - Straight driving with breaks
Day 2: Yellowstone (320) - Antelope Island, Temple Square, TitP
Day 3: Casper, WY (330) - Yellowstone, Grand Tetons
Day 4: Sioux Falls (600) - Mt. Rushmore only
Day 5: Minneapolis (270) - Mall of America, Minehaha Park, Sculpture Garden
Day 6: Minneapolis (0) - Institute of Arts, Stone Arch Bridge, Twins game
Day 7: Milwaukee via Green Bay (400) - Lambeau Field & Bay Beach, Lakefront, Brewers game
Day 8: Chicago, maybe via Dyersville, IA (400) - Field of Dreams, Cubs game
Day 9: St. Louis (300) - Lewis & Clark Memorial Park, Lincoln Library, Cardinals game
Day 10: St. Louis (0) - Arch, City Museum, Busch Tour, Forest Park, Catedral Basilica
Day 11: Kansas City (250) - Various museums, Royals game
Day 12: ~Colby, KS (370) - More KC, driving
Day 13: Denver, CO (235) - Rockies game + Denver
Day 14: ~Clifton (230) - More Denver
Day 15: Flagstaff, AZ (220) - Arches National Park, Four Corners
Day 16: Los Angeles, CA (460)
Now my own impressions. Originally, I had a Day 3 where I would wander around Yellowstone all day, and everything else would be shifted back a day. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like I have that luxury anymore. I'm also considering snipping out the side trip to Dyersville, just because it's way out of the way (even though I'd like to go). But I feel like driving 200 - 400 miles a day is pretty reasonable, so it's really those first four days that might be completely killer. Then again, my first 3 days last year went 680, 330, and 300 (and I spent really good amounts of time in Portland, and Mount Saint Helen and Mount Rainier), and I was perfectly fine. I could also shift some of the driving from Day 4 to Day 5.
Bottom line. 5400 miles, 16 days. A ton of cities. Too much? Thanks in advance.