You MUST use the pacific coast highway if you ever take a road trip north/south in California. Work sends me all over the country and the trips that I enjoy the most was driving on that highway. Seriously some of the best ocean views I've ever seen.
I am blessed to have a job that sent me to most of the places on my map. I was able to spend a day in/around Seattle. Went up the space needle and while I was up there I was talking to one of the folks there commenting on Mount Rainier. I said "that cloudy looking thing over there?" (fairly hazy that day) they replied "yep". Looked up directions and saw it was only a 2-3hour drive. The time of day that it was I hopped on the elevator and got in the car for a nice drive. When I got up there close to mount Rainier I had to make a pit stop... I couldn't help but notice the air had such a clean smell. All I could smell was pine trees.Everyone should.
Back in 1981 I put 7,500 miles on our new Jetta (1.7 liter gasser, automatic) during the first two months of ownership. Picked it up on Memorial Day weekend in Luxembourg and drove back to Bremerhaven, Germany. Oh the gas gauge didn't work so I just topped it off after about 175 miles. On Monday took it into the VW dealer and got it fixed. About three weeks later we left for a 30-day camping trip around Scandinavia.You guys are going to laugh - I enjoy road trips with older cars or beat up cars but I don't think I'd ever want to rack up miles on my new babies
So how many states did you go through?We drove our 2014 VW Passat TDI to New Jersey from Apache Junction AZ. We use 1oz of Opti-Lube Summer+ per 8 - 10 gal fill up and 2oz Opti-Lube XL Extreme Lube per 8 - 10 gal fill up. We drove approx 5000 miles and averaged 43.15 MPG at 68 miles per hour on cruise control.
Arizona is a must see. The sunsets and starry nights are two of the many reasons to visit
Funny part is that I still have no idea which one I liked best, but I can definitely give you a list of which ones I'd never go back to! All of these have been visited via car, with the obvious exception being Hawaii. Up next will be Kansas and Oklahoma, though I might just fly there and rent a car.