Why not drive to the east coast? I've driven across the country more than twenty times and I always prefer it to anything else. I used to drive from Dallas to Sacramento for the Traditional Jazz Jubilee every year. Dallas to St. Louis for the Ozarks Jazz fest. Sacramento to Columbus, Ohio, etc. My company shipped my car (they get group rates,) so I let them ship one and drove the other. My son graduated from the USMC boot camp in San Diego and we flew. Pack the car, go down to the airport. Unpack the car. Wait for the bus. Pack the bus. Gio to the terminal. Unpack the bus. Truck to the check-in. Walk to the gate. Take off the shoes, the belt, the cellphone, the change. Go through the scanner. Pick up the stuff, make it to the gate, wait, wait, wait. The plane is always late to be loaded. Just try to pack something in the overhead before Joe Blow and Sally Schmoe fills it with three bags, which is a no-no, but no one cares. Shuffle over some fat person, who has already put the seat divider up so they can spread their fat over your seat, then get kicked by the kid in the back. Late taking off, only a little turbulence which makes them not serve anything, and late landing, late to the gate, late for the baggage, toe them bags then late to the shuttle to the rental car, which is, of course, several miles away from the San Diego airport. Tote those bags, Wait in the line. Get some non-nondescript car. Tote those bags. Note all the dings on the car, which is hard because it is now night. Try to exit. Wait in line. Get on the exit from the airport and just try to get out. Get out on the freeway and try to find the motel. Find the motel. Tote the bags.
On the other hand, when we went down for his advanced graduation, we packed the bags in the car, and drove down Interstate 5 directly to the hotel. It took less time and we felt a whole lot better.