I'm new to this forum as well as road trips in general. I'm originally from central California but in September I start graduate school in New Jersey. I plan on taking my car with me to NJ so I figured it would be an amazing way to spend my last month of freedom on a road trip across the country. I plan to start in SF the first weekend of August and spent the entire month of August on the road. I just have to be in NJ by September 1. My very general plan was to head north from SF hitting Portland and Seattle then head east maybe getting all the way to the northeast (like all the way to Maine) then heading down to NJ. I was hoping to do a combination of national parks and big/fun cities. Possibly tent camping in the parks. I would love any advice as to locations I should stop along the way (can be general or specific such as a favorite campground), thoughts on my general plan (too ambitious?), and any roadtrip advice in general. Thank you so much!
TL;DR: Roadtrip from SF to Seattle to NJ. Total Newbie. Need lots of advice.