Hello! I'm new to the forum but have been enjoying everyone's posts in preparation for my first cross-country drive in a few weeks. I'm looking for advice for the best views, hiking, camping, quirky sites, museums, food, anything that will fit into a college student's budget.
A friend and I are starting in Brooklyn, heading out to western Pennsylvania, and then onwards towards Missoula, Seattle, the Oregon Coast, Ashland, San Francisco, and LA.
You may notice a slight gap in our travel itinerary. You see, neither of us have really been in that west-of-Chicago/east-of-Cour D'Alene expanse of the country, so as you can imagine, we're really excited without knowing exactly where to go.
Unfortunately we're a bit pressed on time, so we're planning to do one or two long driving days (but we'll keep it under 800 or so miles, thanks to this site) interspersed with shorter driving days. Right now we're thinking of meeting up with I-90 somewhere before Chicago and following it to Seattle, but if there are better routes, I'd love to hear them.
So that's my question: if you had about 5 days and all of the space between Pennsylvania and Montana, where would you go?
Thanks for the tips!