Greetings All! What a fantastic site! I'm looking forward to starting a new job in Los Angeles - Living in Santa Monica initially. We must be in LA by 4/27/07 and plan on leaving on or around 4/17.
We will be visiting family in Rochester NY as we begin the trip...so my initial route takes me through the following:
(Philly)-> Rochester-> Cleveland-> Columbus-> Indianapolis-> St. Louis-> Kansas City-> Topeka-> Denver-> Laughlin (Grand Canyon)-> Las Vegas-> Santa Monica.
My wife and I will be renting a mid-size SUV and doing what we can to curtail excess cost (coolers, grocery store food, sleeping in the car, etc) for much of the trip. We plan on taking time for sights and experiences (including a real bed and shower) in Cleveland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), St Louis (possibly), Denver / Colorado Springs, Grand Canyon and maybe Vegas.
So I'm open to any advice, dining suggestions (for an occasional splurge along the way) and words of wisdom. We have the budget pretty much figured out (based on a lot of advice gleaned through other posts on this site).
Any suggestions on things to see along this route that we may not have considered would be great too!