The wife and I are relocating the first week in May from Portland, Oregon to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We have a tentative plan as far as what we want to see but looking for some advice. We're heading south the the redwoods and want to hit the Grand Canyon as well. I'm a HUGE history buff and while I can't head to Tombstone since it's too far south but I'd love to see some western towns, hopefully still looking like a western town. I was looking at Dodge City but it's not authentic, it's simply a bunch of old buildings put together how an old western town WOULD look. Anything awesome to see along the way. Thinking of stopping by Sequoia National park as well. Looks fairly easy to get around but wondering if there's anywhere to avoid on the trip and if there's anything along the way that'd be great for a history buff to see? We've got it planned to the canyon but after that don't really know a whole lot. Also plan on sleeping in our truck most of the way (Explorer) so are there any places that we can stop for the night that people have stopped at before? Basically taking I 40 from the canyon to MO.
and to be a little more specific we are going to be with a dog and pulling a 4x8 Uhaul Trailer. While we are staying i our car we're looking at staying in camp grounds or RV road stops, not a walmart parking lot which I'm pretty sure is illegal. If anyone knows any nice cheap camp grounds along the I-40 route as well that'd be AMAZING!!!