First time posting here. I'm looking for some advice as to how crazy we are in our planning. A friend of ours moved from Seattle to Georgia and had so much fun driving cross country on her trip, we thought we would do the same to go visit her. We've looked into driving round trip vs. flying one way and renting a car and driving home and it's pretty much a wash. It actually might be a little bit cheaper to drive RT but will depend how many entrance fees (food we buy, etc.) we have that first week. Who knew it would be so expensive to rent a car to drive home. So the cast of characters are me and my 13 yo daughter on the drive to Georgia where my husband will fly in and meet up with us and then we'll drive home together. My plan currently is to leave on Saturday, June 24th and return Sunday, July 16th.
Here is our plan for now:
24th Seattle to Missoula 8.5 hr
25th Missoula to Keystone, SD 10.5 hr
26th stay in Keystone to see Mount Rushmore and Custer
27th to Omaha 8 hr (see zoo in am)
28th to St. Louis 6 hr
29th to Nashville 4.5
30th arrive in Carrolton, GA 4 hr
July 5th - leave GA for Gulf Shores, AL 5.5 hr (want to see Gulf coast)
6th to New Orleans 3 hr
7th to Waco, TX 8 hr
8th to Oklahoma City and see cousin 4.5 hr
9th stay in OKC
10th drive to Santa Fe NM 8hr
11th to Flagstaff (see Grand Canyon, etc.) 5.5 hr
12th See Grand Canyon
13th to Page, AZ 3.5 hr
14th to SLC, UT 5.5 hr
15th to Pendelton, OR 4.5 hr
The fun is in the journey for us. We have things we want to see in each place and part of it is just having the experience of driving across the country. I'm a touch worried about my daughter getting bored but she is the one really advocating to drive round trip vs. flying to Atlanta and driving home. I've booked most of our places to stay and made sure to have pools so we can cool off and relax at the end of every day.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions or a different way to organize, please let me know!!! If you think we're simply crazy, let me know that too! I'm hoping I've alternated super long driving days (except for the initial 2) with shorter ones and/or a few days of no driving to make it all tolerable. Thanks in advance for your help.