I'm planing a quick (about 8 days) trip from NJ to Los Angelos. My friend and I are kinda making up our own way, because there are cities we have friends/families in and want to see them. Our scheduled stops are Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, and LA. We know we're gonna need to stop between Chicago-Denver, and possibly Denver-Vegas. I've heard from different people that if I'm planing to go in the summer, I should make reservations for hotels/motels/campsites 6 months in advance.
My first question is, should I start making reservations now if I'm planning my trip for the end of June? Second, anyone have any suggestions for places between Chicago-Denver or Denver-Vegas? And finally, am I crazy for thinking we can do this in such a short time frame? I wish I had more time, but I'm actually relocating to Hawai'i and my car needs to catch a boat!