I'm new to the forum, so thanks for helping me out! My girlfriend and I are planning an upcoming road trip that will take us from California out to New York and back again in about 3 months (this August - November). Basically, we'd like advice on routes, destinations, and any other advice you might have for us given the main structure of our trip. . .
We've got some main destinations picked out along the way, and will be starting our trip by looping through the South and then up the Atlantic seaboard (we've only got three weeks for this leg), and then we'll be continuing on up through New York and on to Montreal, then west through Canada, down through Buffalo, and back west somehow towards Vancover, then down south again along the west coast to northern California (we've got 1.5+ months for this half of the loop). So that's the very basic breakdown - I'll post our more detailed (though still incomplete) itinerary below in case that helps.
If you have any ideas or advice for us, please share. We'd love to hear! We're trying to do this all pretty cheap, somewhat off the beaten path, and see as many unique/scenic/worthwhile places as possible. We're game for pretty much whatever, so we're all ears. Thanks again for your help, and here's our preliminary itinerary so far (please help us fill in the gaps and find some beautiful places/routes between these destinations!):
(Any ideas here? I know nothing about the Southwest!)
Houston (Maybe, less direct but maybe prettier?)
Baton Rouge (maybe)
(No idea how to get from here to the next destination or what the next destination should be - HELP, what should we do/see in the Southeast?!)
Birmingham, AL (Maybe, might be too far north? Better to start heading up here, do you think, or hug the south a bit further through Florida?))
(Wheew, what do you think?)
Eastbound Return Leg
(Any ideas here?)
Wilton, CT (Relatives here)
Up through Vermont (Relatives in Moretown)(Any other suggestions?)
Athens, OH (My sister goes to school here)
(Any suggestions for this long stretch?
(Here's where things start to get pretty uncertain for us - we don't know much about the northern midwest, so any suggestions would be great)
Madison, WI (we've got a friend here)
Option 1: Head north up toward the border Canada, then west toward Glacier national park - no idea what's up this way!)
Option 2: Head west along a more southerly route, toward through South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore, any other ideas?), on and up through Yellowstone, and north toward Glacier
Any ideas on these two options?
Vancouver Either north through Canada, or more south through the US - thoughts? We'd like to go to the North Cascades somewhere along here)
(Ideas for this long stretch)
Seattle/Olympic National Park
Mt. Rainier National Park
Back home again!!!