Hey there. :)
A good friend of mine and I got a couple weeks off to play with in June and were planning a road trip. We'd be leaving Astoria, Oregon on the 11th of June at about 4am and plan to take the Pacific Coast highway down as far as we can - My cousin lives in Alameda, CA, so we figure we'd stop there for a night.
After we leave Alameda, we plan to go to LA, Tucson, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Albuquerque... And then come up through Colorado, Wyoming, see Old Faithful/Yellowstone, shoot up to Kalispell, Montana to visit family and then come back through Seattle on I-90 and back south on I-5.
Can this trip be done in two weeks and still leave us time to do stuff? We definitely want at least two days in Phoenix and LA - I've never been to Disneyland and neither has he... and we'd like to experience that to the best of our ability. :) To go from LA to Tucson, we were gonna go down to San Diego and cut across on I-8.
Neither one of us have ever been to LA before, but I've been studying maps and doing a lot of research on it. We also have a GPS system we plan to bring to help us get around. Question, however: what places should we check out and what places should we avoid like the plague? We'll be coming in on Hwy 101 and plan on going over to Arcadia before coming south to Anaheim.
Still not 100% sure about Albuquerque... Really haven't done much research as to what is there... Will do that research later, though I would welcome any tips as to what there is to do there. :)
Would also welcome any advice as to what there is to do anywhere else on the trip. :D
Thanks in advance! I look forward to reading up on this later - I always like being prepared when driving through a major city I've never been to... especially LA. My friend says I'm nuts for studying maps two months before the trip, but... at least I won't get lost. ;)