I'm new here and am planning a road trip this summer from Palm Springs CA, to New York City, NY. I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on which route to take, and/or which sites would be worth visiting along the way.
My original idea was to drive west to Phoenix, then up to the Grand Canyon. From there I would drive up through eastern Utah, through Monument Valley and past Canyonlands and Arches National Park. I would then join the I-70 into Colorado and then take US-50 the rest of the way.
I would have have loved to visit Yellowstone NP in Wyoming and then Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, but that would be quite a big detour... Are there any scenic roads worth taking along this general route? I would also love to visit as many national parks as I can along the way, particularly in the west.
Since I really don't know the midwest very well at all, what cities and/or landmarks should I stop to see? I'm open to any suggestions at the moment and would like to eventually take the route that gives me the greatest taste of America's culture and landscape. I would rather take a longer trip if it offers more along the way.
Thanks for all your help!