For a friends birthday I purchased her VIP tickets to her favorite band down in Albuquerque where she grew up. I want this to be a wonderful trip for her and plan on covering the majority of the costs (so suggestions for keeping prices down would be great!).
For the route we plan on heading south through California as I have a relative in Clear Lake we can stay with the first night when we arrive at 11pm on the 17th. I would like to spend most of that day visiting and then leave that night around 8pm on the 18th for the rest of the trip. Is it possible to make the rest of the trip from Clear Lake to Albuquerque without staying the night somewhere else (switching off drivers)? And is it reasonable to think we could make it to Albuquerque by 5pm on the 19th?
I have never been to Arizona, should we just drive straight through or are there places that are must sees?
I was hoping she could have a couple days with her friends down in Albuquerque and then leave the morning of the 23rd. To return the plan is to go up through Utah and Idaho then back over to Oregon We want to stop at the four corners of course and then the Shoshone falls near Twin Falls Idaho. Are there any other stops we should make along the way? Is it possible to make it back to Salem by the morning of the 25th?
Would a budget of $500 dollars be enough to get down and back?
We will be traveling in a 2007 ford ranger.
Any suggestions or comments for logging, traveling times, areas to be careful (a friend mentioned that the stretch of hwy heading north in New Mexico to the four corners may be a little dangerous, I just want to make sure we will be safe since there will be no guys with us), places we should make time to visit, etc.
Thank you:) This is not our first trip but it will be our longest (in mileage, not time), a warm up for our hopeful 48 state trip next year!