This is my first post here and I'm pretty excited that there are others who share the love of America and driving that I have :) . To give you some background, I'm a 21 year old male from the New England area. I grew up in southern NH and I currently reside in the Berkshires over in western Mass. I have driven to western PA and back many, many times commuting to and from college. I have also driven up and down the east coast to FL once and to and from Michigan a couple times.
Anyways, I just flew to Denver, CO for an interview. I ended up taking another job back here in the Berkshires but I was left speechless by Colorado after a day-long drive through Rocky Mountain National Park. The farthest west I had ever been past PA is one trip to Texas in which I flew to Houston and back. I knew I needed to head back out west before I settled down and got married/got too old to travel. So I decided to plan a trip to California and back.
I am 99% sure I would like to drive down to Ocean City and take US-50 west to Sacramento but I am not sure what to do about my return journey. My preference would be to drive back through the southern deserts after taking Highway 1 down the west coast but I'm not sure what the most scenic routes would be (it pleases me that people here do not seem to regard interstates as a road-trip option.)
I will have 23 days to make the journey and money shouldn't be an issue. I should have at least $4000 by June 2009 which is when I plan to set out on the road. I have a 2008 Honda Fit which gets ~40 mpg on level highway. I will also be traveling alone, which is a situation I didn't find while searching the forums for similar requests for advice. I just want to get away on my own without anybody to be accountable to. I'm sure many here share the sentiment.
Any advice on routes back east and/or scenic stops along my US-50 trip?