I've always wanted to do a cross country road trip. I'm thinking about doing it this summer with my girl and our 2 dogs. We're only in the beginning phase of planning still. We're starting to plan out our trip and see exactly what it would take in terms of time and $. There's a lot to take into consideration. We're also trying to figure out which route to go. I have a few places, I want to include Chicago, Colorado, the Grand Canyon/Arizona and California. The Pacific coast in particular. Are there any must-see locations that We should consider planning our trip around? We'll probably do some camping to reduce hotel costs, and add another interesting element to the trip. So, any good campground suggestions would be cool. Money wise, I'm figuring We'll set aside roughly $2-300 a day for gas/food/hotel. Is this a reasonable estimate? I'd love to cut that in half if possible. If we camp half of the time that eliminates a lot of expense. We can also stock up on a lot of food from the grocery store so we're not eating out every meal. How much time should we give ourselves for this trip? This is going to be the determining factor for me. Seems like the type of thing you need like 3-4 weeks to do. Getting off work that long is going to be almost impossable. But I'm not ruling it out yet. Where there's a will... So, Anyone here ever drive across country? If so, or if you're planning on it, share your experience, tips or thoughts on the subject.