Hi there everyone,
Been reading with great interest all the great information on this site from the experts through to the newbies like myself.
My gf and I are planning a rather long road trip roughly as follows:
Currently living in Jasper, Alberta and will visit the following places along the West Coast of USA before heading across USA and up the East Coast around Canada before finishing in Toronto. Both in our early 20's from New Zealand and dont mind driving, roughing it and really want to see the real America as well as some beautiful scenery. We will obviously have some stops inbetween the places listed as we drive to break up the trip but these are the largest towns/cities we have on our map currently. Most of these will be overnight stops with the exception of the largest cities for a few nights to check out the sites. We want to do less than 6 - 8 hours of driving a day but are prepared for some 10 hour days if required. Both are capable of driving. And already doubting whether 6 hours will be too much even. We have purchased a 1998 Dodge Caravan with a bed in the back, a gas cooker, 12v cooler, and will cook most of our meals if we can. We have approximately 5 weeks from mid-Sept to 22nd October at the latest to arrive in Toronto.
Budget as follows as I have calculated it:
Fuel = $1800 (8000 miles x 18mpg @ $4 a gallon using the fuel calculator)
Food = $1200 total (40 days x $30)
Accommodation and activities = $1000
TOTAL = $4000 (hopefully we can spend less)
Rough list of cities/towns on the list to visit as follows:
South Lake Tahoe
Yellowstone National Park
I know that is a pretty rough outline and hard to follow but we dont want a concrete plan but we want a rough idea of where we want to go. Not sure if this is even feasible in the timeframe (well I know you could drive a lot and do it easily but we want to take our time). We will be camping/sleeping in the van on the side of the road or in campgrounds. We may want to do a motel every now and then to shower and do some washing etc. Have liked the look of doing truck stops as well instead of the side of the road for safety reasons.
So I guess what I am looking for from other forum users is how does this look for planning? Am I over planning (I feel like I am)? Is the budget ok? Too high too low? Too many kms to drive per day? Am I missing anything?
Please feel free to rip apart my plan and advise whats good, whats not etc. Add little tips of where to stop, how to stop safely, what else we can do etc etc. Look forward to hearing from all of you. Ask any questions.