Hello. What a great site this is!
I'd really appreciate some help in choosing a route for a mate and mines first road trip through America this May/June. We're still very much in the early planning stages so please bare with me if I suggest anything silly!
Our hope is to go on a roughly 2 week road trip taking in as much natural beauty as possible but to also have some of the typical American road trip fun (i.e.random tourist attractions, funny signs and quirky diners). Our budget is quite flexible, obviously keeping things as cheap as possible is preferable but we don't need to be too worried about it.
So here's the first draft my mate drew up:
Rent a car in Chicago, 2 nights here.
Drive to Minneapolis stopping at Wisconsin Dells and stay a night in Minneapolis which is the land of 10,000 lakes.
Drive on to Pierre to see the misouri river and the corn palace and stay 1 night here.
Drive to Mount Rushmore and stay overnight in the national park or keystone which is just outside it.
Drive through to Yellowstone national park and stay here 3 nights
Drive through Grand Teton national park through to salt lake city and stay here 1 night.
Drive through the Bryce Canyon, Dixie National forest and the cedar breaks national monument to cedar city and stay 1 night here
Drive to the grand canyon and stay 1 night here
Drive to Yosemite national park and stay here 1 night
Drive to Los Angeles and stay here for 2 nights before flying back to the UK.
This totals 12 days give or take, going by my mates guesstimations. My mate based this route on a similar coach-trip itenerary which implies it's do-able, but I was wondering if people really think it is? Is there enough time to really enjoy the national parks? And are the places from Chicago to Mount Rushmore fun to travel through? I can't find much about them in any other threads which doesn't fill me with hope!
Really appreciate any and all opinions on our route! Or suggestions for any other ones. Anything! :)