My wife and I are currently planning a 6 week trans-US roadtrip beginning in the end of July and ending in the beginning of September. We'll be starting out from central California and our main waypoints that we would like to make include the Pacific Northwest, Kansas and Missouri, Rhode Island, New England, and North Carolina.
2.5 weeks into our roadrip we need to be in Kansas for a wedding, so we are trying to determine the best route to take. Would it be better to traverse the deserts of the midwest in late July when we set out or in late August on our return journey (we're driving an air-cooled van w/o AC)? We are also looking for places to stay and things to do in between our primary destinations. Being college students, we're attempting to do this as low-budget as possible. So, we're hoping to do as much camping and cheap-to-free activities as we can.
Our main interests are in beautiful nature spots as well as historical locations. However, as a rule, we don't care much for big cities. If any of you have destination ideas, timing strategies, or survival tips we'd love to hear them.
Matt & Jessi