I am a male, driving cross country to Seattle. I have hotels in Chicago and Seattle but can't seem to find them near Badlands SD, Mount Rushmore SD, Yellowstone WY. Any advice on sleeping in the car in areas around there? Any places not recommended (bad areas)? I will have the windows blacked out with sheets, have bear spray, and a cellphone.
I heard truck stops can be sketchy with lot lizards and bad people. Just want to be safe as well experience some great places.
Any recommendations on drives and scenic will be good too. I am a amateur photographer going on a trip to restart my life after a bad accident.
Any advice will be appreciated