As I explained in the thread for this year's trip, I'm already planning next year's trip (for a variety of reason which I won't repeat here), so let's look at what I have in my mind:
Day 1: Arrival in Miami
2 Everglades, either go back to Miami or drive north a bit
3 Jacksonville/Northern Florida
6 + 7 drive up to Chicago
8 in Chicago
9 St. Louis
10 Kansas City
11, 12, 13: from Kansas City via Denver to Salt Lake City (possibly also via Canyonlands National Park)
14 to Grand Teton NP
15 at Grand Teton NP
17 at Yellowstone
18 drive to Browning, MT (or any other place west/south/southwest of Glacier NP)
19 at Glacier NP
20 + 21 from Glacier NP to Seattle (hopefully via Mt. Rainier)
21 Olympic NP
23, 24 from Portland to San Francisco, along the coast
25, 26 Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles
27 in Los Angeles
28 Flight back from Los Angeles
Is this a good, solid 4-week schedule? I'm looking for a mix between National Parks, cities, scenic drives and I'm in love with the idea of a really varied trip that would take us through a variety of regions (FL, the South, the Heartland, the Rockies, the West Coast).
So, is this trip utter nonsense or not? I don't mind a fast-paced road trip that keeps us active and on the road but on the other hand I wouldn't want to run into physical impossibilities either.
I figure there's plenty of time left to plan this but on the other hand, I always hear about motels near National Parks being booked far in advance and I'll need to have a very good idea about the planning of a trip this size to book motels at specific points along the route.
I really really like the route I laid out above but here's some options for tweaking the trip if you feel it needs improvement:
1) Throw in a couple more days. (I figure it wouldn't outright destroy our budget)
2) Start in Boston and go to Chicago from there.
3) Start in Miami, but from Charleston go straight to St. Louis and skip Chicago.
4) Start in Chicago.
5) Kind of a last resort: Start in Denver or Salt Lake City and make it a loop around the Rockies.
Okay, let me know what you think, I appreciate any opinions and input I can get.