I'm relocating to live with a friend in San Francisco, and decided that driving my stuff there would be the cheapest route. I don't believe in having too much stuff, so I can fit it all into one car, which I'll be renting for the trip. I also have friends in Albuquerque, so I will definitely be crashing there for a night during my trip.
But other than that, it's a lot of big open space full of opportunities. I am a photographer and would love some "off-the-beaten-path" ideas or especially quirky/unusual sights between Chicago and San Francisco. My only other road trip was 2 years ago down to Florida, so this is all new territory for me. Any tips appreciated!