First off, this website is great! I've been spending the past two weeks searching it, and have found tons of great advice.
I have tons of questions, but I'll start with the biggest. For the past 2 weeks I've been developing my idea for a roadtrip adventure for the month of June, before I head off to college. I have my heart set on Glacier National Park, coming from Pensacola, Florida. Along the way, however, I really want to get a feel for the 'west,' and I was considering travelling the first leg of the journey to the Grand Canyon/Zion/Petrified Forest general area, and then moseying up to Montana through Utah, Idaho/Wyoming (to catch some of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons) then back to Pensacola through South Dakota and generally the most direct way (I'm imagining major fatigue by this point). Also, I want to camp the entire way, and am going to be pretty stingy on food (lots of cooler meals!)
I'm really big on taking my time to get a feel for places, instead of just racing to get somewhere. I was thinking about 4 weeks for this trip. I'm envisioning about a week to explore the Grand Canyon, Zion, and the Petrified Forest, a week to make it to Glacier (including seeing Yellowstone and Grand Tetons), a week for Glacier, and then a week to get home. My question is: is this too ambitious? I want to leave time for sidetrips and exploration, and for sure give myself a good 5 days or so for Glacier. I'm also grateful for ANY suggestions as far as neat, lesser known places to see (I'm interested in nature espeically and interesting little towns/local spots).
Thank you for all your help!