I'm contemplating going on a week long solo road trip in early May, but have no idea where to start. This will be my first road trip in my adult life, and besides a trip from Wisconsin to Florida when I was 12, I've never been on a proper road trip.
I live in far northern Wisconsin and I'm looking for suggestions for a route that would allow me to get away from the area and see some new parts of the country. I really don't know where to start or how to plan something like this; I've always had a destination in mind. A coworker suggested I hop on route 66 and drive 4 or 5 days taking my time checking things out, then driving straight back via interstate. It's not a bad idea, but the northern section of route 66 looks somewhat ho-hum, or am I wrong?
Ideally, I would love to head out to the Rocky Mountains or the southwest and see the Grand Canyon, but I'm afraid I would waste lots of valuable time driving out and back leaving me with two or so days to explore my destination. I've also thought about heading south or southeast, but again I'm not sure where to go or what to see. I'm afraid that if I do embark on this journey without somewhat of a plan, I'll come home disappointed, wasting a week of vacation and burning a lot of gas.
Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated!