I am stuck on thinking of a route for my trip that will take place in late August/September. I will more than likely be on my own (late 20s). What i'm looking for is amazing scenery to photograph, but also at least a few stops in large cities. I also could do with some adventure (even if it's just a few of the more interesting hikes!). I do not want to end up having to stay in the middle of nowhere with no one around for miles, as being on my own this wont be much fun.
I would like to at least include Yosemite, and Zion. Other than that the route is open to suggestion, and will be approx 3 weeks in length.
I do not want to visit LA, and do not do tacky tourist activities, so please keep those away from any suggestions you have. If i have to stay in Las Vegas, i would prefer it to be a quick stopover.
The budget is strictly limited, so i can't stay in high end hotels either, though will have a car for the entire time if required.
Please help, as i've been saying i'm going on holiday for years now and not actually gone anywhere :D