I'm from Michigan and me and a friend are planning on taking a road trip to Cali this summer. We want to do some sight seeing on the way there (and back). We think we're going to drive south west to probably Texas (?) and drive through NM, and AZ to get to California. We want to see the Grand Canyon and possibly some ghost towns (although we have no idea where to look for them). We'll do mostly camping on the way there, and are looking to hit some big cities too. Any suggestions on a route, where to stay or what to see? We're up for anything! Thanks.
Here's a good starting point at ghosttowns.com (An fun interactive site that you just plug in any state and it will provide tons of information).
Santa Fe, New Mexico is a pretty incredible town as most of the city is on Indian Burial Grounds. (The museum I worked in has 900 year old Anasazi remains underneath the foundation. We had a "cleansing", did a Native Spiritual blessing. I think it was appreciated.) Santa Fe also has the oldest house and oldest church in the US and the summer's here are lovely.
You could follow the old Rte 66 path, (now pretty much I-40), and veer off in places like Two Guns and Ashfork in AZ which doesn't put you much out of the way. As for CA hit a few ghost towns and then head either south to San Diego for fun at the beach and a stroll through Balboa Park or head north to San Francisco and beyond to Yosemite or the Giant Redwoods or the northern coastal counties of Sonoma and Mendocino.
As for Texas, I like San Antonio which of course has the Alamo and the Riverwalk and Austin can be great for it's music scene.
Sounds like a great road trip.
Ladymacwilly ^..^ ~
I agree with Ladymacwil. Just follow I-40, except for a sideline trip to Santa Fe, a sideline trip to the Grand Canyon, and you should go to Las Vegas by turning off at Hwy 93 near Kingman, Arizona. Also, a quick sideline trip to Sedona is worthwhile.