I'd love your help planning my mother daughter road trip to Durham, North Carolina. I was so excited when my daughter told me she wanted a car at college this year. I knew I could turn this into a mother daughter bonding experience, while enjoying the country. I just need some advice please. BTW we can share the driving, although, I enjoy it more, so I will do the majority and give up the wheel when I start to get drowsy. (Also, this is not my first cross country road trip and I have driven the almost 500 miles to Tahoe many times and always by myself.)
We have 6 nights and 7 days to make it from Los Angeles to Durham. I put in google maps , but I'm questioning a few things.
SO far I have
Wednesday-Leave LA Stop in Flagstaff 500 miles or in Holbrook 569.5 miles
Thursday-If I stop in Holbrook then it's 514 miles to Amarillo
Friday-Little Rock- 601 miles
Saturday-Nashville 349 miles
Sunday-Cherokee, N.C. 288 miles
Tuesday-270 miles till Durham, North Carolina
First question, Should we continue to Holbrook instead of staying in Flagstaff?
As you can see, the way I did it we have decided to do more miles on the front end than the back end. This gives us one night where we can stay over two nights in the location without moving and see the sights, or we can shorten some days of longer driving.
At this point my daughter thinks she'd like to stay in Little Rock 2 nights, I'd rather stay an extra night in Cherokee (great Smoky Mountains).
That way we rest at the very end before we get to work on her apartment and getting her everything she needs for school.
What should we do-stay an extra night somewhere-or shorten per day mileage somehow?
Also, should we book hotels in advance, or on the fly???
Last question...We are driving a Prius where you can see into the trunk...Do you think it's safe a roadside motels (Best Westerns/ Courtyard Marriott) to leave things in the car overnight? We will have the car packed with her things. Do you think it will be necessary to bring these items in each night? It will probably be way to much for us to handle, but basically I'm asking if in places like Holbrook, Arizona, is it safe??
I know I put out lots of info, but I appreciate any advice you might have for making a mother daughter road trip the best it can be. IF you have suggestions for different stops or must sees along the way I'd appreciate all that input.