I'm planning a wedding and road trip at the same time, and was hoping for advice on whether this idea is completely unrealistic. My fiance and I live in Boston at the moment, but his family is all in Seattle. I'm Australian, and most of my friends live overseas.
We want to have the wedding in Seattle at his family's home in October, but it's a big expense for my friends and family to come out for the wedding, so we want to make it as memorable as possible (hiccups and problems are part of the adventure too!). Dealing with different peoples schedules, we came up with this idea:
Some friends would arrive in late September and we would do a few days sightseeing around New England for the start of the Fall season. Then about 10-15 of us (including 3 children and a baby) would rent an RV and a passenger van (bringing tents with us) and spend about 10-12 days crossing the country (Pennsylvania-Ohio-Indiana-Missouri--Kansas-Colorado-Utah-Nevada-Oregon) to get to Seattle for the wedding on 10 October. We would use the RV as a "mother ship" that sleeps the kids/parents, and the rest of us would pitch tents. We were also thinking of bringing 2-3 bicycles along, so that people can do a few cycling days and not be cooped up for the whole trip.
My questions are:
1) Would we actually have time to see anything, or would we just be driving the whole time?
2) Would it be wiser/more economical to just rent 2-3 cars and stay in motels?
3) Is this too long to keep kids cooped up (12,11, and 5 years old)?
4) Any other advice (warnings?!) you can offer?
Thanks for your advice!