I'm in the midst of planning my first big road trip - I am aiming for either September or October (roughly a month of travel, potentially a little more) and want to cut from home (Austin) over to New Orleans, up to Memphis, through the Smokies to NYC, over to Chicago, Minneapolis, through as many national parks as possible until I hit Seattle, go down through Oregon and Glacier Nat'l Park, wind down the coast of Cali to San Francisco, cut over to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and then take whatever way is easiest (I guess through New Mexico) back to Austin. I know this is a lot...is a month enough time to cover that much terrain and really be able to take in the sights? I was originally planning this as a three-month adventure, but as it is, I don't have the funds to pull that off. I could probably manage a month and a half, but anything more is pushing it. I'm forming most of my routes (with some tweaks, obviously) from the book "Road Trip USA" by Jamie Jensen, because I really want to take the scenic routes - though I know that's the 'long way.' I drive a Prius, so my gas cost isn't going to be as outrageous as if I drove a non-hybrid, and I plan on sleeping in my car quite a bit, as well as staying with friends along the way. I'm allocating $1000 for gas alone (it's over 10,000 miles) and around $3000 for the rest. Am I living in a fantasy world, or can this be done? Need some practical advice...and maybe a gentle smack in the face. Bring it on! Also, any advice on what parks are good at this time? I've read that Yellowstone is not great at this time, but Glacier is...yadda yadda. Guess there's really no time of year when all the national parks are going to be at their peak. Afterthought concluded.