Next July my family (45, 43, 18, 15, and 13) are hoping to take a road trip out west. We have about three weeks - 24 days maximum. We're leaving from Southern Ontario and want to hit Banff National Park in Alberta, Washington State, San Francisco and San Diego, Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and a few other places in Utah, and California. I've worked out a [extremely rough] itinerary and I was wondering if it is at all feasible, or if it is just too much? We haven't had a lot of experience taking actual roadtrips...We've driven long-distances but always with an end in sight; where we'd stay for several days. Also, does anyone have any tips of what to see/do in these places? We're all pretty active and up for an adventure...Open to any and all suggestions!
Thanks so much!
Day 1: Depart Ontario at 7:30am on Friday morning. Drive to Minneapolis Minnesota (1,566km 14h 35m) where we’ll stay overnight at the Country Inn & Suites (breakfast included in the morning). States visited in day 1: Ontario, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Costs for day 1: $170 (gas) $110 (hotel)
Day 2: Depart from Minneapolis by 8:30am. Drive to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (1,228km, 12h 5m) where we will stay overnight at a local campground. States visited on day 2: Minnesota, North Dakota, and Saskatchewan. Costs for day 2: $133 (gas) $28 (campground site)
Day 3: Depart from Moose Jaw by 8:30am. Drive to Banff, Alberta (810km, 8h 0m) where we will stay overnight in the national park at a Lake Louise campground. States visited today: Saskatchewan and Alberta. Costs for day 3: $86 (gas) $32 (camp site)
Day 4: Spend the day experiencing and exploring Banff National Park. Costs for day 4: $32 (camp site)
Day 5: Depart Banff by 8:30am. Drive to Whistler, BC (800km, 9h 45m) where we will stay overnight at a local campground. States visited today: British Columbia and Alberta. Costs for day 5: $90 (gas) $30 (camp site)
Day 6: Depart Whistler around 10:30am and drive to Vancouver BC (180km, 2h 25m) and spend a few hours visiting Uncle Brian & Aunt Deb. Depart Vancouver then drive to Seattle, Washington (227km, 2h 25m) where we will spend the night camping at Olympic National Park. States Visited on day 6: British Columbia and Washington. Costs: $70 (gas) $18 (camp site)
Day 7: Spend the morning exploring the coast of Olympic National Park before leaving for San Francisco (1,300km, 12h 0m). Stay overnight at the Cartwright Hotel downtown. States visited in day 7: Washington, Oregon, and California. Costs: $140 (Gas) $150 (hotel)
Day 8: Spend the day exploring San Francisco; Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, drive to Yosemite National Park for a few hours. States visited: California; Costs: $140 (Hotel)
Day 9: Drive from San Francisco to San Diego; stopping along the way in Los Angeles (810km, 7h 20m). Spend a few hours in LA experiencing the city and viewing famous sites before continuing to hotel in San Diego. States visited: California. Costs: $90 (gas) $125 (hotel)
Day 10: Tour San Diego. States visited: California. Costs: $125 (hotel)
Day 11: Tour San Diego and surrounding area. States visited: California. Costs: $125 (hotel)
Day 12: Drive from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park (888km, 8h 15m). Stay overnight at campground in park. States visited: California, Arizona. Costs: $100 (gas) $34 (camp site)
Day 13: Explore the Grand Canyon. States visited: Arizona. Costs: $34 (camp site)
Day 14: Depart Grand Canyon National Park in the morning and drive to Arches National Park in Utah (531km, 5h 30m). Spend the afternoon exploring Arches. States visited: Arizona and Utah. Costs: $60 (gas) $20 (campground)
Day 15: Explore Arches National Park. States visited: Utah. Costs: $20 campground
Day 16: Depart Arches National Park and drive to Yellowstone National Park (900km, 8h 50m). Stay overnight at Old Faithful Inn. States visited: Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Costs: $100 (gas) $140 (room)
Day 17: Explore Yellowstone National Park. States visited: Wyoming. Costs: $140 (Room)
Day 18: Explore Yellowstone National Park. States visited: Wyoming. Costs: $140 (room)
Day 19: Depart Yellowstone in the morning and drive to Kearney, Nebraska (1,240km, 12h 30m). Stay overnight at campground in Kearney. States visited: Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska. Costs: $135 (Gas) $30 (campground)
Day 20: Depart Kearney, Nebraska and drive to Chicago, Illinois (1,044km, 9h 35m) Stay overnight at Holiday Inn Express in the city. States visited: Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. Costs: $115 (gas), $140 (hotel)
Day 21: Depart Chicago, and drive til we hit home. States visited: Illinois, Michigan, and Ontario. Costs: $100 (gas)
Total costs: $3,183 + food
Gas: $1,350 (assuming MPG of 23 and gas prices of $4)
Other: $80 (Annual National Park Pass)
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