Hi Everyone, I've just joined this forum in preparation for a road trip to the US next July.
I'm currently planning on driving with a friend in July 2014 from L.A to the east coast (i.e. Georgia, Carolina's) in hopefully around 2 weeks.
I've done a brief look on the internet and found that there are similar trips that others have undertaken, but being my first real road trip I'm just a little unsure of time frames and the possibility of fitting everything in.
The plan is to start in L.A and do the following:
-> Las Vegas (2)
-> Flagstaff (South Rim of Grand Canyon) (1)
-> Albuquerque (2)
-> Carlsbad Caverns (1) (Also Roswell... just to say we have :D)
-> Fort Worth/Dallas (2)
-> New Orleans (2)
-> Jackson -> Montgomery (1)
-> Nashville (1)
-> Charlotte (1)
-> Wilmington (1)
-> Down the coast to Savannah (Dropping car off and flying back to L.A. - maybe an extra week in New York)
Firstly, is that actually a doable feat within 2 weeks? I've plugged it all into https://roadtrippers.com/ and it's given me 3835mi with a total travel time of 60:29 hours driving and the longest driving day will be Dallas - New Orleans at 7hr:48min and secondly the Carlsbad - Fort Worth at 6hr:53min. Not being a particularly long distance driver, is this a reasonable amount in a day? Obviously will be broken up every 3 hours or so to get fuel and walk around. (My mapped out trip is HERE if anyone is interested in the website I used it on. Handy tool to gauge fuel costs as well :D)
Secondly, I'm definitely not an expert on the areas we're heading through and would appreciate any help or suggestions in maybe varying the trip to places that may be more interesting than in places that we've got. I'm not really sure about New Mexico and whether it would be better to maybe go to Sante Fe, or even go south through Pheonix and Tucson... Same goes for Texas, we'll obviously be driving through a lot of smaller town that may have lots of cool things but I haven't heard of any of them in order to know.
I think I'm leaning towards renting an SUV just for reassurance that we'll have enough durability to do the trip and room for everything.
I'd appreciate any and all suggestions and assistance, even if it's pointing out the flaws in the plan (especially then!). Thanks in advance!!!