I just joined the forum and it's great. My wife and I are planning a road trip from Chicago to Vegas between Monday, June 17 and June 26-27. We need to be in Vegas by Thursday (the 21st) evening at the latest. I've found routes using Google maps, the AAA triptiks and the Yahoo! TripPlanner; all suggesting the same route.
Does anyone have suggestions for things to see/do during our drive across IL, IA, NE, CO, UT and NV, even if they are off our main path. We love old vintage things like buildings, businesses, cars, barns, etc. My wife is a budding photographer so she'd love to stop off for some photo ops. Both of us love wacky stuff so kitchy is good too. Americana as well.
We are open to anything (mostly). Also, any recommendations for hotels/motels and can't miss dining along our route would be greatly appreciated. This is our first long road trip together. Fun fun!