Hey guys. Later this year I'm heading over to the US to visit some friends in Alabama between August and November. I've decided that I'll end up spending a month or so around Alabama with friends, visiting places like the Great Smokeys and Universal Studios/Disney throughout the stay. Afterwards I've decided to take a 2-3 week road trip (round trip) from Alabama to Montana and I have some questions for you guys as I'm really not so well educated on the "sights and places" around the US.
First of all, I love anything related to nature. Camping, views, hiking, rivers, mountains, snow. All of it. Not so big on museums, big cities and drinking/eating out. Secondly, Montana is a place I've always wanted to visit, but it's not about getting to Montana as quick as I can. I want to spend as much time experiencing all the scenic locations around the US in the time I have. If that only leaves me a few days in Montana, so be it! It's about the journey not the destination. Money isn't a huge issue - Obviously the cheaper I can do things the better, however this will probably be something I won't be doing again for a very long time so I don't mind going a bit out of pocket.
So, do you guys have any "must see" locations or anything you consider "must dos" that could be found between Alabama and Montana? Do you have any specific routes you'd think would be better for someone with my interests? Is 2-3 weeks round trip enough time to get a decent look at things or should I consider flying back and using the 2-3 weeks just to get there? Any suggestions at all regarding destinations I would be so grateful for. So far, these are some of the ideas I've come up with regarding places to go by. If there is anything you strongly suggest or think i should avoid, I'd love to hear that also!
Yellowstone National Park
The Grand Canyon
Arches National Park
Zion National Park
Glacier National Park
Obviously what I will and won't get to see depends on the direction I decide to take, but this should give you guys a good idea of what I'm interested in.
Thank you all so much in advance!