Hi everyone, I have been lurking in these forums for the past few days, but I haven't found anyone yet with a very similar itinerary as ours. My fiance and I are planning a 3 week road trip from late May into June of 2007. We have a rough outline of the loop we'd like to make, but I'd love to get the advice of some of you experience travellers. We are excited to be seeing more of our country, and we hope to find some great places along the way that we can return to for longer in the future. Please let me know if there are any "not to miss" places along the way of where we're going (I know, very vague, but in your personal opinions), or if, say, there is a better road to take from A to B (better scenery, unique landmarks, etc). We have many times driven from the bay area down to the la area, and we are used to that drive, as well as driving a few times from SF to Las Vegas. We are not the kind of people to spend hours at a national park, landmark, or monument, but we like to step out, take pictures, appreciate the beauty, and then continue on.
This is what we have so far (note that the cities I'm mentioning are just the big cities for reference on the map. Aside from a few big cities (Nashville, mainly), it is just an idea for a general vacinity to stop in):
San Jose, CA to Reno, NV (leaving after work the first night)
Reno, NV to Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City UT to Denver, CO
Dever, CO to Topeka, KS
Topeka, KS to St. Louis, MO
St Louis, MO to Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY to Vevay, IN (stopping in for an hour or so to visit with grandparents)
Vevay, IN to Gatlinburg, TN (are the Smokies worth driving so far out of the way for? If we didn't go there, we'd head straight from IN to Nashville)
Gatlinburg, TN to Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN to Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, AR to Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City, OK to Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, NM to Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ to Jacob Lake, AZ (taking 89 up in between the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon nat'l park, hoping to see one on the way from Flagstaff and one on the way to Las Vegas)
Jacob Lake to Las Vegas, NV
La Vegas, NV to San Jose, CA
Any suggestions/changes/helpful hints?
Thanks in advance everyone!
Lauren & James