I've been planning a trip to the US for a while now and my wife and I have had some disagreement as to the mix of activity versus rest and how much driving we should do.
My current plan is to spend about 10 weeks and kinda drive a lap around the country. I've broken down the journey, and we'd be driving about 4-5 hrs on days where we actually travel. Some of these days would end with some light activities or sightseeing, others with nothing specific. The most days travel in a row, without taking a whole day in the one town/city is 5.
I think that it's an ambitious but not agressive schedule and that there will be plenty of time for rest if required. There's not many things which we'd *have to* be at a certain spot by a certain time, or even day. I understand that there will be a lot of cool stuff I'll miss out on, but that's true of most holidays.
My wife thinks it's an impossible schedule and that we will have no time for anything but driving and no energy left over to enjoy anything we do.
I've never really done anything this big since I was a kid, and my memory is a bit fuzzy about it. It's possible I'm only remebering the good parts.
In brief the schedule is;
Land in LA, spend 4-5 days getting over jet lag, and maybe go to a couple of theme parks.
Drive up to Yosemite and spend a couple of days there - mostly sightseeing and light hiking.
Drive to San Francisco and spend a couple of days there.
Spend a few days driving up to Seattle, where I have some friends, and spend a coupldof days there.
Spend about a week driving to and checking out Yellowstone.
5 days driving from Yellowstone to Chicago, and spend a couple of nights there.
I'm giving us a week to get from Chicago to New Jersey, where I have more friends. This will include Niagra falls, and prolly a theme park or two.
Spend a week and a half with friends, and doing some activities in and around NYC.
Drive down to Washington DC, and spend a day there.
Take a few days driving down to Orlando, Florida, and do some parks, the Kennedy Space Centre. ~ 3 days drive, 3 days in Orlando.
Couple of days driving to New Orleans, and a couple of days there.
About 4-5 days getting across Texas, and 3ish in New Mexico.
Get over to the Grand Canyon and spend a couple of days there - Grand Canyon Village, or close enough.
Day or two in Vegas.
Drive to LA for a coupleof days or so.
This is all a ways down the track that we'll be doing any of this, so nothing is set in stone. I guess I'm trying to gague from more experienced holidayers whether my plan is ok, or if I'm being stupid, or what. I'm mainly asking about the pace of the driving and activities, but I'm open to advice on spending more or less time in certain places if it's backed up with reasons.