My husband and I are planning a March 2014 roadtrip from our home in Nashville, to Los Angeles, CA. This is really our first REAL roadtrip and we're super excited and beginning the first stages of planning. I'd love some advice from seasoned cross country roadtrippers. We're planning on taking I-40 from Nashville, TN to Amarillo, TX, Amarillo to the Grand Canyon, then the Grand Canyon to Los Angeles, CA.
From LA we'd like to hit I-15 to I-70 and go through Las Vegas, Utah, Denver, CO, and Kansas City, MO back home to Nashville. We've got 9 days to complete the 4,000+ trip, do you guys think this is doable?
I'd love to get some advice on places that shouldn't be missed (i.e. restaurants, road side attractions, state parks). We know we definitly want to see the Grand Canyon and spend some time on the beach while we're in LA. My husband doesn't care much about stopping in Las Vegas, but I'd at lease like to drive through just to say I've been.
The furthest west we've been is Memphis, TN so we're mostly concerned with seeing as much of the west and it's gorgeous landscapes as possible in 9 days. Any and all advice and tips are appriciated!