I am in the early stages of planning a May roadtrip from Charlotte, NC to the West Coast and back. Below, please find my tentative locations/stops. I intend for the entire trip to take about 30 days; however, would definitely appreciate feedback as to whether you think this is actually possible given my stops. Also, please suggest better stops/routes as well great restaurants/campsites/B&Bs/breweries/back roads/etc along the way... I will have a co-pilot, so long driving days are possible. We plan mostly to camp, but will probably want 4-5 nights in motels/B&B's.
Goal: To experience funky/eclectic/real/out-of-the way/original America.
Budget: a/b $2500
*Each stop is for 1-2 nights
*First three stops are to see friends/family, need no advice.
-New Orleans, LA (via Natchez Trace)
-Big Bend National Park
-Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM
-CanyonLands National Park
-Las Vegas, NV
-Los Angeles, CA (only to do quick sight-seeing)
-Los Padres National Forest
-San Francisco, CA (Via Highway 1)
-Salt Lake City, UT
-Mount Rushmore/Badlands, SD
-LaCrosse, WI (camp along Mississippi River)
--Park car and take train to Boston/NYC
-Back to Charlotte, NC
Any/all thoughts are greatly appreciated. This is my first road trip and I am looking to experience some VERY UNIQUE aspects of American regional culture. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!