I am an Australian about to take a road trip across your great country. After reading Dave Grolman's Unchained America (worth the read) I am wanting to do the drive and see the real America, not the Corporate Chain America.
Plans are pretty fluid still so was hoping I could get some ideas/thoughts from a few experts.
Current plan is to either
a) fly in and out of Chicago where I will hire a car and drive to LA/LV (take an internal flight back to Chicago). On the way I would like to see the following:
- Mt Rushmore
- Big Sur and coast road
- Giant Redwood forests
- San Fran
- Santa Monica
- Any other ideas?
Other option is to fly to NYC and do the drive cross country and include Niagra Falls (and leave out LV if time is short).
From touching down in Chicago/NYC I have 26 days to find myself at an airport on the west coast for the return flight to NYC/Chicago.
I don't want to be rushed as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me coming from the other side of the world and all, and I especially want to spend some time in Yellowstone (any recommendation of hotels to stay in at short notice and what side to stay (i.e. west entrance)).
If you could give me any ideas, books, websites or driving routes that would be great.