I am moving from New York City to Portland OR, and splitting it up into 2 parts. NYC to Chicago, then Chicago to Portland OR. My parents live in Chicago, so I'll be making a month long pit stop (June) to visit and save up. It will be just me, all of my (minimal) belongings (tent, japanese sleeping futon, sleeping bag, clothes, etc) and my bike in my beloved 2004 Jeep Liberty. I want to get the most out of this trip and hit up every site worth seeing on the way. I love camping, hiking, nature, and flowers specifically, to give you an idea of places I'd like to stop.
I would prefer to take the more scenic routes, to camp, and to spend the least amount of money I can. I know gas will be a huge expense, but if I can save by bringing along more food, I will do so. I just need some advice about what to bring and how much.
For my first trip, I want to use 2-4 days. I have done the trip before and stopped for a night in Bellefonte, PA. I would love any suggestions you have for interesting routes, places to pass by, or visit.
As for my seconds trip, I am leaving myself the entire month of July to get there. It can be less, I just want the wiggle room.
So far I have only planned a few pass-throughs and stops, them being driving along the Great River Road from Prairie Du Chien to La Crosse, Mount Rushmore, Yellow Stone National Park and Salt Lake City. I have never been out west besides 1 weekend visit to LA and have never done a big road trip like this before. So please, I would love to hear your suggestions for routes, places to pass through, to visit, to stay for 3 nights, to hike at, advice for the trip, whatever.
Thank you so much in advance! I cannot wait for this trip.