I've spent several hours on here the past few nights since I've discovered this site! What a great resource.
My husband and I plan to make a long (4-6 week) road trip from Alabama, our home state, to the West Coast and back next summer after he graduates in May. We plan to mostly camp, since this is something both of us are comfortable with and will make the trip cheaper too. I see there are tons of threads on here that have been/will be helpful to us, and any additional tips or pointers to helpful threads are welcome. We are most interested in seeing the national parks along the way, perhaps traveling the northern route one way and the southern route the other (like going through Grand Canyon on our way out to the coast and through Colorado coming back or vice versa). We love photography/videography and hope to capture as much of the trip as we can on film.
Anybody who, like us, is most interested in the beauty of nature and seeing more natural beauty than big city attractions that has done something similar and can give us suggestions? I'd love to hear of the top national parks we should make sure to see, the most beautiful spots between AL and the West Coast we shouldn't miss, etc.
Oh, and we plan to bring our tandem road bike for scenic rides (any road bikers out there with awesome route suggestions?).
We have over a year to plan, but I want to start early so we can enjoy the planning and make it as memorable as possible. This will likely be the biggest trip we take for years to come, since we'll be doing it after my husband graduates and before he starts his first "real" job, before we have kids, etc.
Thanks in advance for any help!