My best friend and I are graduating this summer and want to take a fairly long road trip before we both have to start working at our respective jobs in NYC. We both live in NJ and would like to do a long loop that stops in most if not all of the following places:
Pittsburgh (my friend used to live there and has family there)
Rocky Mountain National Park/Denver
Texas Panhandle Camping/Dallas
Does this sound like a reasonable route to take? And approximately how long a trip does this sound like? We are going to be doing a fair amount of camping in the middle of the trip (Mount Rushmore, Rocky MOuntain, Texas). The camping will be bookended by visits to a few cities. I know that the length of the trip is completely dependent on how long I want to stay in each place, but what would you approximate given your past experiences on road trips?
Also, if anyone could help me make a price approximation, it would be greatly appreciated. Keep in mind, we will be camping a fair amount of the time, will be staying with family in Pitt, and will spend the rest of the nights either in cheap hostels or being hosted by couchsurfers. So lodging costs should stay pretty low. Thanks for any and all help.