I am in the beginning stages of planning a "soul-searching" adventurous cross country trip.
I live in Wilmington, NC and will be returning home when done.
I would like to take no more than 5 weeks max, but would love to complete it during the month of August, 2010.
The vehicle I will probably drive is a Jeep Wrangler 4wd. I would also consider renting a vehicle, but want that "open" feeling I get with my Jeep.
I will probably be rolling solo, although I may have a friend or two fly in and join me for a small portion (3 days???) through the mid-west open roads, which I am asking what portion of this trip would be best for someone to join me on if they only had a 3 day window? They will fly in to one airport and fly home from another.
I do not have an open check-book, but I also don't mind "splurging". I always thought that taking a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon would be exhilarating and would "splurge" on that!
The main purpose of this trip is to stimulate all of my senses and enjoy as many of the breath-taking places this great country has to offer. I also want to document my trip if only for reliving purposes, through video and still photos.
I want to camp and stay in hotels, a mixture of both. I am definitely more "city-kid" than rugged outdoors-man, but am not afraid to get my hands dirty at all.
I really just want to get out on the open road with the top down and soak the sun in and explore!
I have enough time to get everything in order and I am really looking for those: "You MUST see __________" kind of advice. And all of the must-do's!
I know I want to see the Grand Canyon, and I have friends in So. Cal and Seattle I would like to see. I also have an interest in Yellowstone and/or Jackson Hole, Wy.
I grew up in Mass. so the north East is very low on the priority list for me (with the exception of Niagara Falls which I can leave or take depending on my routes), as well as the South East which I live in now and have seen and will see later I'm sure.
Thank you in advance for any and all advice you may have for me as I will continually post and monitor this thread!
PS: I am an experienced and confident driver and have driven 18 hours on a trip with brief stops in between, so I do not mind driving long distances during any "boring" or down times within the trip.