Hello all, after spending quite a while reading threads I thought I'd post to ask for a bit of advice.
I have roughly mapped out a road trip beginning in Las Vegas and ending possibly in D.C. during the summer time. It will be in a few years time but I feel warrants a lot of research and planning. We will be taking approx 2 1/2 to 3 weeks for the trip, and will hopefully have some driving free days in the big cities we visit.
I have some places/cities which I absolutely want to see along the way, such as Zion NP, Monument Valley, Rocky Mountains NP including Trail Ridge road, Denver, Mount Rushmore, Chicago etc etc
My plan so far is as follows:
Las Vegas to Monument Valley area via Zion NP
Monument Valley to Grand Junction, CO
Grand Junction to Denver via Trail Ridge road, RMNP
Denver to Cheyenne, WY
Cheyenne to Mount Rushmore area, possibly via Carhenge in Nebraska if time allows
Mount Rushmore to Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls to Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis to Chicago, IL
Chicago to Cleveland, OH
Cleveland to Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.
When I plot this on the map, it seems a fairly random route, but that is kind of the point. My wife and I have been to the major cities on either coast and this would hit some of big cities in between, while also being able to see some of the quirky roadside attractions such as carhenge (I am a mechanic and love old american cars so these kinds of attractions really interest me.
It will also allow me to visit some football stadiums along the way, particularly a couple of historic ones like Mile High and Soldier field. I'm a huge fan of the NFL and am also planning to visit the Linc in Philadelphia as the Eagles are my favourite team and we will possibly be flying home from Philly.
I've rambled on a bit so I'll bring a bit of structure to my questions...
1. Is this a completely insane plan? I have roughly checked the times and distances online and it seems doable but I know from experience the times are optimistic at best. A few years ago we did a trip from Seattle to SF, down the PCH to LA then Las Vegas in 2 weeks and there were a couple of days that were too long behind the wheel. I'd like to avoid this happening again
2. Does anyone have any suggestions about other roadside attractions, the kind of things that would have been on route 66 perhaps? I thought the website roadsideamerica.com would be ideal but I cannot access it from Scotland.
3. Are there any particularly bad congestion areas along the route other than the big cities? The trip is quite flexible so can be tweaked if traffic can be avoided.
I'm sure there will be other questions but I will leave it there for now. Any advice you can give would be much appreciated.
I'd also like to say I've very much enjoyed reading through your forum this evening. U.S roadtrips have become our favourite holiday and reading about all of yours is very interesting, informative and inspiring.