Hello fellow road trippers:
There is the itinerary, the bulk of it anyway. Its all beginning on the 22nd of November and it must end on the 14th of December. I have read a few post yet have not found much that could suit my needs, hence my post. I am currently using Delorme Street Atlas to plan the whole thing, to get a better idea of mileage, time, and fuel costs/breaks. From NJ to SC and back from SC to NJ, the passengers will be myself, my wife and daughter (2 yrs old). The rest of it, leaving SC until we get back to SC will just be myself and my wife.
Making my way to Florence SC, via Cape May NJ, Lewes Ferry, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, then following most of the shore of VA and NC down to Wilmington NC, to then follow west to finish the 1st leg in Florence SC.
We are then staying in SC thru Thanksgiving. At which point the next leg will begin, to finish in Las Vegas NV, deadline for arrival is sometime on Monday. From Columbia SC we will be leaving on black Friday morning after shopping, to Nashville TN. Just actually realized how "close" to the Tail Of The Dragon (rt 129) we would be driving, so i just added the detour. We will be spending the night in Nashville and leaving before or right after lunch. The next scheduled stop is Grand Canyon, then the Hoover Dam and finish the leg In Las Vegas. There will be @1,600 miles to do between TN and AZ.
Here comes the 1st question, any good places to stop for dinner and overnight for this stretch of I-40 Westbound?
i was thinking of 2 overnight stops, Oklahoma city and Albuquerque, any restaurants or minor sightseeing that could be done at these locations.
i also contemplated to drive straight thru overnight past Oklahoma city thru to flagstaff or something, I'm open for suggestions.
I have a conference in Vegas from Tuesday to Friday hence the whole trip.
Leaving Vegas and heading to Vista CA on Noon Friday. Sometime Saturday will head to San Francisco thru the pacific coast highway, any good places to stop and see or eat on this leg.
So its now Sunday December 2nd In San Francisco and we have to arrive NJ in just 7 days (8 days is the utmost possible stretch). With wishes to stop in Chicago IL(overnight), Flint MI (wife's best friend, overnight stop), Fayetteville WV (river gorge bridge quick stop, overnight if need be), and Florence SC, before the end back in NJ.
So here is the 2nd What could we do between San Francisco and Chicago, 2200 miles of I-80 Eastbound? Or am I just asking too much.
Anything else i may have not considered or thought of?
PS - this may help visualize the whole trip