I'm going to be moving from Cambridge, MA to Stanford, CA this summer and it looks like a road trip with a friend of mine might be my best choice (out of many crappy options) for getting all my belongings (including my car) across the country. Therefore, I'm hoping the folks on this forum can help me figure out the best route to take.
About the travelers
* We're both in our mid 20's
* We'll be driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla VE (~85,000 miles)
* The car's trunk & backseat will be packed full of my belongings
* We have 10-12 days to make the trip, from around August 21 to September 3rd
* We are willing to camp out occasionally
We are primarily interested in the beautiful natural sites around the country as well as seeing a couple of the major US cities. We'd like to do a little bit of hiking, but nothing too long as we are fairly limited on time. We are not interested in the "weird" and "zany" attractions scattered around the US.
Preliminary plan - please critique!
Aug 21: depart from Cambridge, MA via 90W.
Aug 23: arrive in Chicago, IL (984 miles).
Aug 24: explore Chicago.
Aug 25: depart Chicago, IL via 90W.
Aug 26: arrive near Badlands National Park, South Dakota (845 miles).
Aug 27: explore Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore and Black Hills Forest.
Aug 28: depart from South Dakota via 90W and arrive at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (572 miles).
Aug 29: explore Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Craters of the Moon.
Aug 30: depart Wyoming via 93S to 80W
Sep 01: arrive in Stanford, CA (793 miles).
Google map of trip (w/f/s): 3547 miles.
I just threw this trip together and still have plenty to figure out: if my time estimates for driving & site seeing are reasonable, if I'm missing any cool sites along the way, and where we'll be staying at night. Please share any advice, suggestions, corrections, etc!