Three kids, two weeks, one car: Toronto to San Francisco vacation, or "if you like it so much then quit your job!"
March 4, 2010 4:56 PM Subscribe
Late-March roadtrip from Toronto to San Francisco, or wherever we end up by the time we have to head back. We've got two weeks, or sixteen days if we really need it. There's three of us. We currently have no plan and only vague notions of freedom on the road and driving into podunk towns to see giant balls of twine. As such, we have tons of logistics questions, which I will attempt to summarize:
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1. We plan to rent a car. We'd prefer to do this in Toronto, but we've heard that such cross-border tomfoolery is usually not allowed by rental companies. Can we do a straight shot from Toronto to San Fran, or will we have to bus it to Buffalo before picking up our ride?
2. Got any recommendations for a car? We're thinking a full-size car like an Impala will be spacious enough to give us all room during the inevitable duller moments, but fuel economy is a bit of a concern too. Plus, at least one of us is not an experienced driver; I doubt the type of car we get will matter here, but it's worth noting.
3. TIME. We're sort of caught in between a rock and a hard place. We want the trip to be interesting, but we also want to actually spend some time in San Francisco, and not have to head back as soon as we get there. My friends seem to think three or four days each way is a reasonable amount of time, and that five days would be luxurious (and still give us five days or so in SFO). What sayeth you, Metafilter?
4. Where should we sleep? I don't think we're going to do any camping if we can help it, just because it's still sort of winter are we aren't really equipped for camping anyways. We figured we'd just stop at roadside motels or small towns and do things that way. Thoughts?
5. Finally, the most important question: what should we see and where should we go? We have no route at the moment, aside from whatever we pulled out of Google Maps for "Toronto to San Francisco." Side roads and cute towns are definitely welcome respites from eight hours of cornfields and the like, so whatever we can fit in while keeping reasonable time is welcome. We're purposely not planning this out too much but it'd be nice if the trip wasn't just a straight shot down a highway.
Thanks for reading this long-ass question. I promise to take lots of pictures and show you all my boring vacation slides.
(P.S. 6. Can we just plug an iPod into most rental cars nowadays or are we gonna have to bring along an FM transmitter? Okay, I'll stop now!)