Hello :-)! I'm new here, and am looking for advice and suggestions on planning a road trip for myself and my teenage daughter. We're looking to take this trip in the beginning of summer 2012, and I'm thinking we'll need about 3 weeks to do this.
When I was a kid, my dad took my siblings and I on a trip out west to see everything and I'd like to do the same with my daughter. I'd like to include The Grand Canyon, White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Golden Gate Bridge, Yellowstone, Astoria (gotta go back and see the Goonies and Short Curcuit houses lol!), Mt Rushmore, Devils Tower, Custer, and Estes Park (my dad lives near the WY/CO boarder). I'm not looking to spend a great deal of time in any one place doing things like horse back riding, biking, rafting, etc. Basically just going, walking around a bit, looking at things, taking some pictures, and moving on to the next spot, except for perhaps the WY/CO area. We'd probably like to spend 2 days there visiting with my dad, but then moving on again.
I know that's a lot to see/do and distance to cover in 3 weeks, so I'm looking for all the advice and suggestions I can get :-).
We'll be traveling by car and are open to either camping and/or motels. I'm used to bringing a cooler on long distance trips so open to eating on the go as well. We do have a dog, but whether we bring her or kennel her is still up in the air.
Thank you for any input you can offer us :-)!