I have always wanted to take a long road trip through the states. I've done a significant amount of traveling thus far in life (I'm 25 years old) but I have yet to go on any substantial road trips -with the exception of traveling to Florida a few times. Right now I have the time, the money and the independence I need to be able to cross this off my bucket list. I'd like to do a loop trip. Starting in Michigan and ending in Michigan. I want to visit various national parks but I also plan on making my way to a few major cities as well. Thus far, my trip looks like a big figure eight. Starting in Michigan heading to Texas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California (San Francisco), Oregon, British Columbia (Vancouver), then essentially driving back with 4-5 stops in between to sleep. If it isn't apparent already, I could use some advice. I'd like to be able to pick some people up along the way via ride share but I am unsure of how safe that actually is. I intend to do couch surfing, motels/hotels and friends couches mostly. I am giving myself a month to travel. I would like to leave Michigan on the 1st of October, which would give me almost four solid weeks of traveling. Any and all advice is welcomed and appreciated!