Hello there, have been lurking and reading some of the posts on here for a few days and thought I'd post up our itinerary for critique from the masses.
My brother and I are from the UK and are planning a road trip from SF to NYC over 18 days in August. We're also using the planning process as an experiment in collaborative working and crowdsourcing.
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31st July: Arrive SFO 9pm
1st Aug: SF (perhaps spend the night slightly down coast?)
2nd: Big Sur / National Parks
5th: Grand Canyon
6th: Glenwood Springs / National Parks *ouchlongday*
8th: Anama Colonies?
11th-13th: Toronto & Niagara (relatives)
15th: New York *return car to Manhattan 9pm*
16th: New York
17th: Fly out LGA
There's no denying that we've set an aggressively fast pace here, possibly too fast (though we both have some experience of road trips in other countries). I can see definite room for slippage in Canada (at the risk of offending the relatives!), and removal of the Boston section if that takes some of the pressure off, but where would be a good place to add the freed up days? (Probably not LA, I've spent time there before).
If anyone cares to read the detailed itinerary (linked above) you'll see some of the activities we have planned, but feel free to suggest anything along the route that we should be visiting but haven't considered. It's very much a work in progress but I'm feeling quite good about the route at the moment, and I want to get on and book some accommodation in the popular areas soon.
Thanks for your time,