I am a first time roadtripper on this scale. I've driven straight through to New Orleans, Miami, and South Padre Island before, but this is my first undertaking of a road trip to just do it. I'm starting graduate school in July and I'm planning to take a 10 day trip in June. I want to rent a fun car (jeep wrangler or convertible mustang) and drive from: Louisville, KY to Chicago, IL to Mt. Rushmore in Keystone, SD to Going-to-the-sun road in Glacier National Park, MT to Seattle, WA to Legget, CA (start of HWY 1) to Los Angeles, CA to Las Vegas, NV to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ to Golden, CO (visit a friend) to Pikes Peak, CO to Louisville, KY.
So anyway I'm planning on using my tax returns for this as my last big chance to live the American dream. I can get the car for $340 and according to google maps I should end up paying between $650-700 in gas. I would like to camp along the way, but I'm wondering if anyone else has tried this? I could always crash at hotels along the way and camp when I'm in the big parks. Any ideas? Thoughts? Anyone that has done this trip before?
Any feedback would be great!