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VA to CA Road Trip Opinions Needed

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I am traveling with a friend to San Francisco CA from Norther Virginia. During the trip I wanted to make it somewhat of a vacation as well and want opinions on the schedule/budget (is it do-able/enjoyable). We have seen San Fran. many times, so the time spent there is not a real objective (I know its not enough time to "see San Fran." =) ). Also, we are fully prepared to camp (in fact we love it)!

Time: 17 days
Budget for 2: $3400.00 (with $ for oil change, car fluids, and emergency set aside)
Vehicle: 2005 Chevy Cobalt

1.Drive times/mileage I rounded up for stops
2.*** = "Vacation Stop"
3. --- = Notes on day

Day 1:
Virginia to St.Louis, MO (13hrs 850mi)
Sleep= Family (No Cost)

Day 2:
St.Louis to near Denver, CO (12hrs 855)
Sleep= Hotel/Motel outside of Denver (possibly Castle Rock) in order to keep price down.

Day 3:
Denver to West Wendover, NV (10hrs 645mi)
Sleep= Camping ($35)

Day 4:
West Wendover to San Fran., CA (9.5hrs 620mi)
Sleep= Camping ($35)

Day 5:
Day in San Fran
Sleep= Hotel outside San Fran. (possibly Stockton or Modesto)

***Day 6:
Hotel near San Fran. to Yosemite NP CA (4.5hrs 220mi)
Sleep=Camping in or near Yosemite (whatever is available)
---Not sure on price or availability???---

***Day 7/8:
Yosemite NP

***Day 9:
Yosemite to Zion NP UT (10hrs 560mi)
Sleep= Camping
---Not sure on price or availability???---

***Day 10/11:
Zion NP
---Possibly 1 day to save $?---

Day 12:
Zion NP to Denver, CO (9.75hrs 645mi)
Sleep= Hotel outside of Denver

***Day 13:
Sleep= Hotel outside of Denver
---Possibly skip day in Denver and leave in order to save $?---

Day 14:
Denver to Columbia, MO (10.5hrs 735mi)
Sleep= Camping or Hotel Near Columbia, MO

Day 15:
Columbia to Cumberland, MD (13hrs 830mi)
Sleep= Friends (No Cost)

Day 16:
Cumberland to Northern Virginia (3hrs 180mi)

Day 17:
Extra day somewhere if needed

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