New to this forum so I hope i'm on the right page.
I'm French, currently working in Canada, and I'm trying to plan a big USA roadtrip for summer 2016 (thinking of starting in mid - June and finishing up in mid-September). My starting point is South-East Wisconsin, and that would be where I end back up. My plans are to buy either a station wagon or a van. Plans are to camp when possible, and to use motels in bigger cities (with the odd hotel to enjoy some cities a bit further). I'm not entirely sure of how much money, on a daily basis to save. I've estimated around $160USD should be sufficient, however I'm not entirely sure. I love hiking and sightseeing, hence I'm doing lots of national parks, as that will also allow me to save money on camping. However, I also want to visit Museums, do some rafting in Grand Canyon, and those types of activities that are sort of deemed "must-do's". My budget is around 15k's (This does not include cost of car purchase - I know its difficult as a foreigner, it will be registered in my American GF's name). Please note budget is for one, I would obviously adjust if I take her or anyone else with.
I'm also hesitant on going either through Denver and Colorado, or through Oklahoma City... I would've already seen lots of mountains similar to Colorado by the end of it, I'm not sure if its worth it or not.
This is what I'd ideally like to do, obviously this isn't set in stone, its just a general guideline. I intend on stopping in tourism information centers and see what else I may have missed online.
Does anyone have any recommendations as to what I might want to see along the way, and most importantly, how my budget is looking for what I want to do?
Any input would be greatly appreciated :)