Hello - I’m new on this forum but have been really impressed with all the information here and the wealth of helpful tips. My wife and I are planning a seven-week trip across the United States/Canada and back from San Francisco during September and October 2006. It’s been a dream of ours for awhile and we’re finally trying to make it happen. We’re in the planning stages and have a tentative route planned. We’re interested in nice scenery/National Parks but are also interested in seeing cities and/or towns with character. We’re not adverse to “tourist trap” places as long as they’re of the fun, “gotta-see-once-in-your-life” variety like (I think) Mt. Rushmore, Colonial Williamsburg, etc., and not like “World’s biggest pancake” or something like that. We're less interested in museums and other indoor type attractions (aquariums, etc.) unless they're of the must-see variety.
Here’s our planned route, which we’ve put together mainly using the book “Road Trip USA”. I’d be interested in any tips of must-see places that we might be missing or any places that might not be worth the trouble. Plus would be interested in thoughts on whether we're trying to squeeze too much into 7 weeks.
Week 1: San Francisco through Reno to Boise, Idaho to Jackson, WY to Grand Teton NP, WY (we’re skipping Yellowstone since we’ve been there), to Nebraska/South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands NP)
Week 2: South Dakota to Minneapolis to Wisconsin/Iowa tourist traps (House on the Rock, Field of Dreams park) to Galena, IL to Chicago to Ann Arbor, MI (visiting a friend) to Niagra Falls to Toronto through Kingston to Ottawa
Week 3: Ottawa to Montreal through Burlington, VT to Acadia National Park through Cambridge to Boston through Plymouth to Cape Cod, NY
Week 4: Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard through Hudson River Valley to New York, NY to Amish Country to Washington DC to Norfolk/Colonial Williamsburg to Nags Head, NC
Week 5: Nags Head, NC through Wilmington to Charleston to Savannah, SC to Great Smoky Mountains to Nashville, TN to Memphis
Week 6: Memphis to St. Louis through Meramec Caverns/Carthage to Oklahoma City to Santa Fe to Albuquerque through Acoma Pueblo to Flagstaff ,AZ to Sedona, AZ
Week 7: Sedona through Walnut Canyon National Monument to Grand Canyon to Zion to Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas, back to San Francisco
Thanks in advance for your help!