I am currently planning a solo cross-country trip from Charlotte, North Carolina to Los Angeles, CA in July. I work for a clothing company in LA and over the course of my trip I want to find some of the most famous, infamous and unusual sights/roadside attractions and document them in a daily Blog/Photo journal for the company's website.
I don't have a set itinerary but I only have 8-10 days so I can't take too much time at anyone spot. I am open to any ideas for routes, I was thinking of going from Charlotte-Washington, DC-Chicago-Saint Louis-Denver-Vegas-LA....is the unrealistic? I like to think I am an experienced traveler so I know Google Maps and Mapquest won't give me an honest estimated travel time, so an estimated travel time for any route would be much appreciated.
With this route I can see the DC monuments, the rock 'n' roll hall of fame (Cleveland), Notre Dame (South Bend), Chicago's landmarks, Route 66, Gateway Arch, drive a stretch of the Loneliest Road, drive through the Rockies, Arches Nat'l Park, the Four Corners, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and of course the glorious lights of Vegas.
One last thing....any advice on a guidebooks and picking the best GPS device for the trip?
Any help/ideas would be much appreciated.