I've been toying with the idea of a trip from Detroit to San Francisco for a year, and now I finally have the time/resources to do it. The plan is to pack up me and my dog and move out to Frisco, going along Route 2 to Vancouver, then down the coast to Portland, Seattle, and end in SF, where I have family and friends. I want to do a lot of camping to save money, take my time to see different American cultures (as an aspiring photojournalist/project I'm working on), and spend somewhere between 2 weeks and a month on the road. The catch: Im a 21 year old girl camping alone without any legit roadtripping under my belt. Sure I have my dog, and I'm used to driving a lot. But how cold is it going to be? Will off-season campgrounds be safe? Currently I'm planning on leaving between Oct 12 and 16. Any tips/suggestions/destinations would be appreciated. Im thinking of it as...a personal spirit journey.