I am planning a cross country road trip for 2-4 people that will not take place for another couple of years but I really want it to be well thought out and not be spontaneous. My current itinerary is for two months and about 13,000 miles possibly 15,000.
So far the trip is as follows, We will start in Seattle, WA (hometown) and head to Portland, OR from there into the Redwood Natl' forest in CA and down to Yosemite, then AZ for the Grand Canyon, Colorado is on the maybe list, into Oklahoma to see family, Texas also to see family, LA for New Orleans and the Mississippi river, Arkansas, Graceland in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia,Washington DC, Gettysburg in PA, Boston MA, NY, NH, VT and ME. From Maine I want to head up into Canada to see Prince Edward Island, Montreal, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Niagara falls outside northern New York, around the Northern end of the great lakes down into North Dakota, then South Dakota for the badlands and blackhills, and then through Montana and back to Seattle.
Basically it is a huge circle that covers a lot of ground which I want because there is so much that I am dying to see. The plan is to bring a couple of tents and camp along the way but stay in a motel as we see fit and to eat mostly from grocery shopping, a cooler and a grill but I do understand that we will want to eat out. The car is a 2004 Subaru Forester so it is pretty spacious and our budget is 1500-2000 a person and the travelers will be 21-25 years old.
My questions are is the budget appropriate for this kind of trip? (8000 for 4 people) Is two months a decent time frame? Do you think that fitting four people in a forester is realistic? Am I overlooking anything? Do you have any advice if you do think the trip is possible and are there any sites that we should include in the trip that aren't already included?