First time poster looking for some quality advice and I think I found the right forum. I am currently serving a tour in Iraq and when I get back home in the summer of 2010, my wife and I plan to continue our jouney to visit every state in the US. We currently have shot glasses from 24 states and looking to collect 13 more. Our latest leg in this quest will be 3-4 weeks traveling from Arizona to New York, hitting a few parks and select destinations along the way. Our journey consist of the follow destinations:
Start of first leg-
Fly into Tucson, AZ, rent a car, visit some friends in Sierra Vista Friends
Travel to San Diego/Tijuana for a day - Hotel
Travel Route 101/1 to San Francisco for a day - Hotel
Continue up 101/1 to Olympic Park (need some help find locations to camp/lodge along the way)
Visit my brother in Seattle for a few days.
Driving from Seattle to Glacier National Park for a day or two (looking for experiences and recommendations at GNP)
Driving down to Yellowstone for a day or two
Driving to Rapid City SD for Mount Rushmore for a day or two.
We would like to stop in ND, since we may not get another attempt at this state, but we need some recommendations.
After Mount Rushmore, we are looking for recommended stops in MN, WI, IN, or MI, on our way home to the Buffalo area.
I dont have a lot of access to AAA or travel books in my current situation, but I am open for suggestions and appreciate any help.
Below is a link to google maps with a rough idea of our trip, it takes some draw and has crashed my wife's work computer once but she has an ancient computer.
P.S. Passports are all set for Mexico and Canada if needed.