Have spent weeks going round in circles - the extent of my usual planning on holidays abroad (I'm from UK) is to go for a month, and book some flights... Has suited me fine in Asia, Middle East, China etc... but perhaps not if I'm doing all the driving!
I'm going to undertake a solo road trip. I'm not particularly interested in seeing big cities on this one necessarily (although if they book-end the trip, brilliant - quite likely given I'll be flying in from London, although happy to consider internal connections to nearer and smaller airports, ie to avoid the 1st stretch from Chicago to Fargo), but instead want to keep off the interstates through small-town, big skies, empty landscapes.
The closest thing I have to a plan so far:
Chicago to Bismarck ND (via La Crosse, Fargo), down to Rapid City, spend some time meandering around the Badlands, Custer National Park etc... then back due south onto US-83, 'road to nowhere' kinda route through Nebraska, Kansas etc.
I'm then undecided: either vaguely route 66, from about Texas/Oklahoma border, up to St Louis, and back to Chicago...
or... push west to Las Vegas, through Colardo and Utah - I'd love to see that landscape.
I'll be travelling in a few weeks. I'd prefer to take 3 weeks, possibly could take 4. Obviously there's going to be a hefty surcharge for returning a vehicle elsewhere, but I'm prepared to take the hit.
Any thoughts appreciated. I'm 28, happy to take my time, don't want it to simply turn into a race against time - is 3 weeks sufficient for detours and whims for that odd route? I basically want to see US-83 emptiness, buffalo/Rushmore etc AND deserts... am I trying to fit too much in?