Hi Everyone, I'm new here, so go easy on me! :-)
We are a family of mom, dad and three kids (12, 6 and 18 months) who emigrated to this wonderful country three years ago. Due to pressures of work - and a new baby! - we haven't really seen much of the country. We live in Vegas, and have explored a lot of the West Coast (San Diego up to Washington State) and Nevada up to and into Canada (so Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana, into Alberta) but not much else.
We have three weeks set aside in the Summer (Late June and into July) to explore the US; and we want to cover as much of the 'Highlights' as possible - like going to a Rolling Stones and wanting them to cram in as many of the hits as they can! My wife and I both are comfortable driving long distances, and our kids are great in the car, so amount of distance driven on any one day (or through the night) is fine.
We would ideally like to have a mix of big city stuff, national parks, national monuments and cool, quirky stuff. One idea we have (although we are not married to it) is to head to DC through New Mexico, Memphis, pop into the Jack Daniels' distillery (I'm quite the fan!) and through Virginia for some Civil War history for the kids, and onto DC (we are West Wing and House of Cards fans!). We already did The Grand Canyon (and have explored everything within a 5 hour radius of Vegas), so we would like to get a good 12-15 hours driving done on the first day.
So - if anyone can offer any suggestions for routes/itineraries etc, I would really appreciate it. I just want to reiterate, this is more about us exploring the best of this wonderful country, rather than wanting to see any particular location, so if you have a 'here's an amazing three week road trip that starts/ends in Vegas' I'd love to hear about it!
I appreciate any help/advice!