My husband and I are considering taking our first roadtrip this August. I've never been West of the Mississippi, so we thought it would be fun to go West and see what we can see, culminating at the Grand Canyon (if time/budget allow).
Problem is, we have no idea where to begin. Our starting point is Columbus, OH, and we're open to going pretty much anywhere. My husband used to be an avid backpacker/rock climber, so we have lots of gear for camping, etc., but we'd prefer not to camp every night or sleep in our car.
We both like good scenery, good food, exercise, and animals (I know, weird combo, but we'd like to incorporate those things into our trip).
We'll have about 15-16 days to do this (last week in August to second week September) and have a max budget of 3k. We both like really good food, so in addition to cereal, sandwiches, etc., we will probably have at least one or two $100+ meals if there are really great restaraunts on our route.
Any suggestions of what to see, which route to take, etc? I've been going through the roadtrip planning section, and there's a lot of good info there, but I like personal opinions as well!