there are many ways to approach a road trip, anywhere between super organized to fly by the seat of your pants. i am a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of gal, but csv is not. so we did a nice compromise -- we planned out the nightly stops, got some maps, and looked up some places to eat, but we didn't get hotel reservations and everything was planned so loosely that we could change anything at a moment's notice.
our plan was to leave burlington, vermont on a monday and arrive in flagstaff, arizona the following friday. that's over 2500 miles in 5 days. which isn't so bad; only 500 miles a day, but we had stops planned along the way which was going to make our days longer. but it seemed necessary to hit some of these places (niagara falls, the arch in st. louis, route 66, etc.) to make it a proper cross-country road trip.
our itinerary, including things to see & eat, and states that we would pass through:
monday: burlington, vermont to niagara falls, new york
things to eat:buffalo wings in buffalo, new york
states: vermont and new york
tuesday: niagara falls, new york to louisville, kentucky
things to see: niagara falls, walking to canada, desilu museum (in jamestown, new york)
things to eat: cincinnati chili and kentucky fried chicken
states: new york, pennsylvania, ohio, and kentucky
wednesday: louisville, kentucky to tulsa, oklahoma
things to see: louisville slugger museum, churchill downs, the arch in st. louis, route 66 in kansas
things to eat: ted drewes concrete (st. louis, missouri)
states: kentucky, indiana, illinois, missouri, kansas, and oklahoma
thursday: tulsa, oklahoma to santa fe, new mexico
things to see: route 66 museum
things to eat: calf fries, 72 oz. steak at the big texan (amarillo, texas)
states: oklahoma, texas, and new mexico
friday: santa fe, new mexico to flagstaff, arizona
things to see: santa fe, the painted desert, the petrified forest
states: new mexico and arizona
saturday, sunday, & monday: flagstaff, arizona to tucson, arizona
things to see: the grand canyon, csv's new apartment (phoenix, arizona)
these pictures are from day one: burlington, vermont to niagara falls, new york. all were taken from the passenger side of a moving car. not too shabby, huh?