I am planning my first cross country trip. I have done road trips before though. I live in New Jersey and have done the entire east coast more times than I can count. This will be my first venture in a car across the country. My boyfriend and I plan on leaving in the middle of August and do not have a set time of when we are returning. That is if we return at all.
Our current plan is to first head to Chicago where I have family. We will then head to Minneapolis. On our way to Portland where his cousin lives we plan on visiting Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Old Faithful. I am not sure what are other must sees. From Portland we will be heading down to the Oakland area where I have some friends. We will continue down to Los Angeles to San Diego. From San Diego we plan on heading to Las Vegas. Of course we will be doing the Grand Canyon and such. We're at a loss from there. He wants to head up to Denver, Co as we plan on doing Mesa Verde. I on the other hand would rather go into Albuquerque, NM and take Route 66 into Amarillo. Wether we do that or Denver we want to end up in Amarillo. From Amarillo we are heading to Austin, where his sister lives. Austin - New orleans - Memphis. We're toying with the idea of heading back down to Atlanta and then Orlando but we're not sure.
Any tips, ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Has anyone ever done such an extensive trip like this? If so, how long did it actually take? How much did it cost? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I am a planner and he is mister spontaneity. This of course could pose a problem but we're both very adjustable which is good. Thank you very much!