I'm finishing up graduate school in Pennsylvania in about a month, and would love to take a solo trip back home to the San Francisco Bay Area. The plan right now is to rent a car, although I still need to find a reasonable price. I may have just come across a good weekly rate. We'll see... My timeline is pretty wide open. I'm thinking I'd like to take up to two weeks to make the drive. Since I'll be going alone, I want to make sure I have plenty of time to rest, and I don't want to take on too many miles each day.
My main interest is checking out national parks. Primarily, I'd like to see Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon. I'm pretty open as far as itinerary is concerned, but am not sure how to start with the planning. Any recommendations for routes and sights would be much appreciated.
I'd like to camp along the way to save money, so campground recommendations/resources would be great as well.