I'm planning my summer holidays (mid august to mid september). I'm planning to fly to Chicago from Manchester, stay there for 2 or 3 days, then rent a car and get on the road to Los Angeles from where I'll fly back to Europe. I'm planning this trip to take somewhere between 10 and 14 days, and I want your advices of what to see to make these holidays special! The only thing that I've got on my list is the Grand Canyon, but I want to see as much as possible in the short time that I'll have.
Things that interest me the most:
Desert roads with nothing but cacti from both sides
Small towns where I could feel like in a western movie!
Give me some ideas of the best roads to take, things to see and places to visit!