My two friends and I are in the planning stages for the great American Cross Country Road trip. We live in NJ, and are planning on going pretty much straight across the country and back again.
Our itinerary is:
to St. Louis via Rt. 70
to Denver via Rt. 70
to Portland via Rt. 84
Mt. Rushmore via Rt. 90
Chicago via Rt. 90/94
We are, unfortunately, limited by time. We have a total of 21 days to do this trip. Our plan is to really just skip over the middle section of the country. Although I am sure there are some beautiful scenes, all that open space in Kansas and Missouri and such scares us city boys! So, we are pretty much going to go straight to Denver, and then take more time to enjoy the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast. The trip back is mostly sort of a quick drive through, because we have either been to most of these cities, or they will be relatively easy to get to from NJ in future trips.
So, I was hoping to get some advice, feedback, hints, tips on things to see, whatever. We have done two other roadtrips in the past, one up the east coast to Nova Scotia, and one down the east coast to florida. This will be our first time embarking on something so.....HUGE...and it's a little bit scary!
The budget isn't too big of an issue, I mean, we aren't rich, but we have been saving a bit for this.
So, if anyone has any ideas, we'd love to hear them!! Thanks!