I am new to this forum and need some help. I am planning a road trip in the next couple weeks from Connecticut west to the Pacific Coast, then south and looping back north east to CT.
I will be traveling alone by car and sleeping in my car as well as I don't really have the money for lodging. My main need for advice is which routes to take. I would like them to be as scenic as possible and have a few places I would like to see on my way. I'm hoping someone with experience on the USA's road system could help me map out my route such as the best roads to take/most scenic/etc.
Along the way I would like to travel west and see Yellowstone and possibly Mt. Rushmore beforehand, but I am not too concerned about that, only if it is on the way to Yellowstone. From Yellowstone I would like to travel to Redwood National Park and then travel south on a route directly along the pacific coastline, overlooking the ocean. Upon reaching the LA area (or just north of it I don't really care if I go to LA itself) I would like to travel east to the Grand Canyon via Route 66 and from there follow 66 to around Arkansas and head East to Nashville, TN where I will stay at friends for a couple days. Upon leaving Nashville I will drive north east back to Connecticut. Someone told me that the drive from Denver through Utah towards Las Vegas is life changing (may have been route 50?), but I'm not sure how or if I could fit that in to this trip, mainly because I would like to take Route 66 (unless its not really all its cracked up to be? any advice?)
The main reason I came here is that I heard someone say that interstate highways pretty much look the same no matter where they are. Any advice on this? I would imagine driving along Routes are a bit more scenic and enjoyable? I have never done anything like this before, but I want to get out there and see America. I think it will be an amazing experience. ANY advice, comments, opinions, info, best routes, ANYTHING, even suggestions to go a different way, will be of great help to me and I would fully appreciate it
Thanks so much!