I live in the Bay Area and I'm trying to plan a fairly large road trip to see several states. I don't exactly know what I'm doing, right now I'm trying to plan a route. I want to get a hint of the mid-west, as well as Idaho, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota (Maybe North Dakota too - Not sure, what's there to see?!) and maybe Oregon/Washington although these two could be saved for a later, smaller trip since they aren't too far from me to begin with.
I just want to see the country. My route here is simply based on general places I want to see, there is no real reason I have chosen the exact roads I have except Highway 50 across Nevada and Mount Rushmore. The rest is up in the air, I just chose major cities as landmarks to mark my general path. Scenic routes are important to me, so if you can recommend changes that would be great. That doesn't mean I don't want to see big cities though.
Here is a rough path that I've pieced together. How long does something like this take assuming I drive during the day and spend a reasonable amount of time outside the car enjoying myself? 3 weeks?
******Updated route below, see post #6******
Sorry for my rookie-ness, just looking for some guidance!