Me and some friends are planning out first roadtrip this summer, I've never been west of Wisconsin and everyone else hasn't been west of Indianapolis. Some background, There will be four of us, and we plan on taking my 1999 Mercedes. Our ages range from 20 to 23. We're considering bringing tents and camping most of the way unless we want to stay at a hotel in a major city to sight see, but we're more interested in seeing the Rocky Mountains, various national parks, and then the deserts of southern utah/arizona/New mexico.
We will be leaving from Columbus, OH, sometime in the summer, probably late June or early July. The rough amount of days we plan on it taking is ten, but we could easily increase it by 2-3 if it helped to see more. I'll go over my basic plan, and please give any insight on what I'm doing right and wrong, thanks!
The plan is to head west on I-70 and basically not stop until St. Louis and see the westward expansion museum and arch, and then either spend the night or drive a couple hours more and then stop. Then we'll head out and drive until Denver or eastern colorado (Depending on where we stayed the first night, probably only want to do 500-600 miles a day.) From here, things get fuzzy. We want to see Rocky Mountain National Park, and I really want to go through the Eisenhower tunnel haha, so that's probably 2 full days here. Then we want to make a "loop" and go through eastern Utah and down into Arizona and possibily hit the I40 and see things on the way back. I'd like to see the Hoover Dam while we're making the "loop" but I don't want to overplan and then have no time to see anything.
Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any advise!
Edit- And since none of this is set in stone, would you recommend RMNP or Yellow Stone NP for a first time "grand national park" visit? We want to camp most nights to save on costs, and I've heard Yellowstone can be a pain to find lodging, but I'm not sure on camping. Thanks!