My girlfriend and I would like to go from New York City to LA in 10 or 11 days, leaving a day to visit Chicago. We'd like to know the most scenic possible route in that time. Some of the attractions we'd like to see are the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, the Rockies, and Death Valley. We'd also love to avoid stopping in Cleveland (I lived there and don't want to go back), so are wondering if Niagara Falls is worth the long detour. Another big question is this: what's worth seeing between Chicago and the Rockies?
Thanks a lot!