I am planning a round trip road trip leaving somewhere around the end of July/early August, going for 3-4 weeks. I recently did a road trip from San Jose to Seattle. I found that the things on that trip I enjoyed the most were outdoorsy places (Bend, OR was by far my favorite place, and I liked driving thru the redwoods). I am very comfortable camping (have a good tent/sleeping bag) and prefer that to hotels (especially when I can camp for free in some places). My car got ~40mpg for that trip, so I'd expect roughly the same for a cross country trip, and it is in good condition. I have an AAA plus membership and feel very ready to do this trip. I will mostly be solo with a few
I am trying to decide where to go along the way. I would love to spend a few days hiking in the Grand Canyon (among other places). I have a few stops along the way that I will definitely be making (have a buddy who lives near New Orleans & another near Nashville who will be meeting me and coming for a few days before getting dropped off at an airport, and some family in NY/Virginia areas I'd love to meet up with).
A few places I'm considering stopping:
New Orleans - definite to pick up my friend
Nashville - definite to pick up my friend
Long Island, NY - most likely to visit family
What are some places I should go out of my way to make sure I do not miss?