My wife and I have been planning on taking a good month to explore the continental United States. However, we haven't planned all that much, except for a daily itinerary and a listing of potential m/hotels we could be staying in. As we approach our start date (July 1), I'm getting the heeby-jeebies and I was wondering if there's anything I should be aware of? Below is our itinerary:
7/1. Leave NJ to head to Asheville, NC. 11-12 hours.
7/2. Explore Asheville, NC & Biltmore Estate.
7/3. Leave Asheville, NC to New Orleans, LA. 11-12 hours.
7/4-7/5. Explore New Orleans.
7/6. Leave New Orleans to head to Houston, Tx. 5-6 hours. Visit the Space Cntr
7/7. Leave Houston, TX to head to San Antonio, TX. 3 hours. See Alamo.
7/8. Leave San Antonio, TX to head to El Paso, TX. 8 hours.
7/9. Leave El Paso, TX to head to Sedona, AZ. 8 hours.
7/10. Leave Sedona, AZ to head to Grand Canyon Nat'l Park. 2-3 hours.
7/11. Leave Grand Canyon to head to Las Vegas, NV. 4-5 hours.
7/12. Leave Las Vegas, NV to head to San Diego, CA. 5 hours.
7/13-7/15. Spend time in San Diego (family is there).
7/16. Leave San Diego, CA to head to San Francisco, CA. 10-11 hours. (though I imagine a stop in between would probably be necessary; we plan on taking Rt 1. Pacific Coast Highway)
7/17 (or 7/18?) to 7/20. Explore San Francisco & Napa Valley Wine country.
7/21. Leave San Francisco to head to Yosemite Nat'l Park. 4-5 hours.
7/22. Leave Yosemite to head to Salt Lake City, UT. 12 hours.
7/23. Leave Salt Lake City, UT to head to Cheyenne, WY. 6 hours.
7/24. Leave Cheyenne, WY to head to Omaha, NE. 7 hours.
7/25. Leave Omaha, NE to head to St. Louis, MO. 7 hours.
7/26. Leave St. Louis to head to Louisville, KY. 4 hours.
7/26-7/28. Spend time in Louisville, KY. (family there).
7/29. Leave Louisville, KY to NJ. 11-12 hours.
To me, this seems crazy but it's something my wife and I have been wanting to do for awhile. We don't have to be home at a reasonable date, so we can skip a few days here and there if we get tired. We'd like to squeeze all of this within a month, though. If we need to come home the 1st week of August, we can do that.
This is approximately 7800 miles, according to AAA TripTik. I figure a very conservative fuel cost would be $660--its probably going to be more likely $900+ so we're aware of that. Figure a couple of oil changes would be 60-70 bucks. Hotels, motels, and the occassional campground is going to cost us about $2 grand. We haven't budgeted for food yet, but that could be another $1000, given that we pack our food ahead of time and only eat out 1 meal/day, which could be $25-30. Who knows how much attractions would cost? In all, I'd say this could run us 4 to $5000, which is a little worrisome but we have the money.
What do you think? Anything I should consider? Experts: what should I be doing right now? Thanks in advance for your input.