Great forum here. I've just started browsing and thought about posting my trip that I'm about to embark on in the next 2 or 3 weeks. I will be going on this trip solo with the notion to get away from it all.
The tentative itinerary had me going south first clockwise but I've thought about it and I think I will go counterclockwise and head west to SD > WY > Seattle. Reason for this is I'll be tired of all the driving and sightseeing after 2 weeks that I'll 'recover' in Las Vegas for a few days before continuing onward.
Day 1: Chicago > Dallas (13hrs 926 mi)
Day 2: Stay in Dallas
Day 3: Dallas > Albuquerque (10hrs 647 mi)
Day 4: Visit Albuquerque and drive to LV (8hrs 575mi)
Day 5: Hoover Dam and LV
Day 5: LV
Day 6: LV
Day 7: Las Vegas > San Diego (4.75hrs 358mi)
Visit San Diego, drive to LA same day arriving in the evening
San Diego > LA (2.75hrs 120mi)
Day 8: Stay in LA
Day 9: LA > San Francisco (5.5hrs 383mi)
Day 10: Napa Valley/San Francisco/Big Sur
Day 11: San Francisco > Redwood Forest (5.5 hrs 310mi)
Day 12: Redwood Forest
Day 13: Redwood Forest > Portland (5hr 321mi)
Day 14: Mr. Rainer -OR- Mt. Hood -OR- Mt. St. Helens
Day 15: Seattle > Yellowstone National Park (12hrs 788mi)
Day 16: Yellowstone
Day 17: Yellowstone
Day 18: Yellowstone > Devils Tower (7hrs 396mi) > Mt. Rushmore (2hrs 130mi) > Badlands (1.5hr 75mi)
Day 19: Badlands
Day 20: Badlands?
Day 21: Badlands > Chicago (12hrs 840mi)
+ 5 days?
As mentioned, I'm thinking of doing this route in complete reverse. In addition, I'm also considering of simply heading home after LV which would be a great end to this road trip.
I have accounted about 5 days into this itinerary as I know that every day will not go according to plan and I'm sure I will add/change my stops.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Feedback? Comments?