I am planning a trip from Chicago to Seattle and probably Portland at some point early in the summer. My basic route is to take I-94 from Illinois to Montana, and then take I-90 on to Seattle, and then I-5 down through Portland, and then I-84 down through Idaho, then north on I-15 to Yellowstone. After that, I plan to cross Wyoming on US-14, working my way back to I-90, which I will follow back to Iowa, finally making my way back home on roads I haven’t really traveled on before. Here’s a map of the basic idea:
This route isn’t written in stone, and I am more than willing to go out of the way to see things.
Past that, though, I’m not entirely sure what there is to see along the way, though. I’m especially interested in Lewis and Clark stuff as well as the Oregon Trail. I would also like to see some part of the Pacific coast, either by jogging west from I-5, or traveling a more coastal route. I also don’t particularly like “scooping down” into Idaho on I-84, so I hope there’s some way to cross Idaho that follows the dotted line more or less. I also have no idea what might be interesting to see in the Dakotas. I like nature, and I will more than likely be camping most nights, with perhaps some hotels on the coast. I also have a bit of an interest in history and culture, so if there’s anything like that, I would definitely like to know.