this is my first road trip ever across the USA...I'll be driving solo from Detroit, Michigan to Los Angeles, California.....I plotted out the route using the map wizard and it looks like I'll be going through these states:
Illinois [northern part]
Iowa [south central]
Nebraska [Omaha, Lincoln]
Nevada [southern tip - Las Vegas]
Here are some things that looked interesting to me:
Iowa state capitol
Skywalk and Hualapai reservation (near Grand Canyon)
Grand Canyon – Parashant’s National Monument
Glenwood Hot Springs (CO)
Colorado National Monument (CO)
Arches National park (UT)
Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas
1) I'm estimating it's roughly a 2400 mile trip (assuming I drove straight from Detroit to LA)....If I leave mid-January or thereabouts - will 2 weeks be enough time to see it all? Or do I need more time?
2) In your experience, how expensive do you think this will be? (I'm guessing at least $300 for gas based on the fact my car gets around 30-32 mpg highway).
3) My current plan is to stay in cheap motels (or possibly find a campground and sleep in my car) along the way - should I pre-plan my lodgings before I go?
4) I'm pretty open to other routes as well, I just picked this one since that's what the map wizard suggested...
Any other help appreciated. Thank you very much.