Hi, I'm new to this forum but have already found it very helpful! I'm planning an extended solo tour of the western US. I'm starting next weekend from SC and plan to take the southern rt to california and then make my way up the coast of california then east to Ut, Wy, Co and back to SC. I'm a little overwhelmed at my options of places to stop and see and would like some help on "don't miss" places. I'll be spending the first weekend in LA at the the Jazz fest and about a week in Albuquerque to visit a friend, but other than that my trip is wide open. This is also my first cross country, solo trip and being a girl, kinda intimidates me but I'm not going to let it stop me from exploring the places I've always wanted to go. Any tips on traveling alone and staying safe would be great. And last but not least, I'm going to be camping, car camping and sleeping in my car 90% of the time. Any advice on safe places to stop to sleep with accessible restrooms? Someone had mentioned to me hotel parking lots where you can walk in the lobby to use their bathrooms and possible shower facilities if they have a pool. Has anyone ever done this without being run out of the place?
I'm sure I'll think of more questions but this is a good start. Thanks for all the help!