This seems like one of the friendliest places on the entire internet, so I'm hoping you can help us. Me and my GF are from the UK. We're planning a month-long roadtrip in June, starting around the 10th - 11th. The rough plan is to fly in to Chicago, then make our way to Vegas. From there, through Death Valley / Yosemite and on to SF. Then a drive down the coast to LA. Finally, a flight from LA to NYC for a long weekend before flying home to London.
All of which is very exciting. We're familiar with the Vegas-SF-LA section, and that's exciting in itself. But the bit we can't quite decide about is what route to take from Chicago to Vegas. It's a vast expanse neither of us are familar with. Which route, in short, will be the most fun? Do we try to take in Mt. Rushmore? Is it better to go via South Dakota or North Dakota or Wyoming or Colorado or etc etc etc -- there seem to be about 100 different ways to do it, each of which is a mystery to us.
Incidentally we've both seen the Grand Canyon / Monument Valley before, so it doesn't matter if we skip those (although we're not trying to avoid them either). I guess we're after as much variety as possible, without wanting to spend every day driving driving driving.
We're hoping to reach Vegas roughly halfway through our trip, so we've got a fortnight or maybe a little more to spend on the Chicago - Vegas route. Any suggestions? There's a baffling range of options!