This summer we did a mini-loop around the country- 13 days from Buffalo, NY to St. Louis, Amarillo, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Yellowstone (and a variety of other interesting places) and back. It was absolutely amazing.
This next summer I'm aiming higher. Will be starting in Buffalo again- I want to get deeper into the southwest. I want to see the real sandy desert, get farther west and drive up the pacific highway, go to yosemite, up through the oregon and washington coasts, and take a more northern route back- through glacier national park and the states bordering canada. I'm thinking 3 weeks total.
Again, I don't know where to start!
My favorite places this summer were the national parks- just seeing so much wildlife and landscape that I had never seen before- The elk in the GC and bison in Yellowstone were really neat, and hiking Angel's landing in Zion was amazing.
The novelty things- like ghost towns, the Cadillac ranch, and funky hotels like the Big Texan, and the Wigwam motel were also tons of fun.
The only thing I definitely want to return to is the GC to camp for a couple nights. Everything else I want to be different.
I have "Road Trip America" which I love, but I'm looking for more resources and tips on what to see in the southwest, and along the pacific coast. We're looking to avoid big cities (Driving in them is scary!!)
I figure around 7000 miles, $7000 budget, 3 people
This summer we did 5000 miles on $3000 easily
So, send your recommendations this way! Ready, set, go!