My husband and I would like to travel from Minneapolis to San Francisco and back again in the beginning to mid-October of this year. We want to spend a significant amount of time in CA, but still want to stop to see a few sites (like Mount Rushmore, possibly the Badlands, and Yellowstone National Park) on the way.
Can anyone suggest how the weather will be in mid October travelling through the mountains? Will driving be difficult or still enjoyable? Any suggestions about the safest routes through the Rockies? Are there any 'must-see' stops along this route that I'm missing? Also, how much time should we budget to travel quickly but still make a few quick stops/detours for National Parks?
Also, a last caveat, we're visiting the U.S. from Russia so will both need to purchase drivers insurance - any suggestions about good rental companies to go through or ideas on the cost of insurance?
Any and all suggestions/advice would be much appreciated!