I am considering undertaking a design (read: job search) and fun related trip out west and wanted to solicit some ideas from the community here. I will be starting out from Ohio and will probably take the northern route out, Through Chicago, Madison, Twin Cities (where I can probably manage staying with family, although it would probably be better to stay in the cities and be a bit more involved).
Then across the top of the lower 48, maybe stopping in Yellowstone to camp a few days, Then hit Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Probably LA and San Diego, and come back through the Southwest, maybe stopping in Austin and New Orleans if I can make the time/connections and assuming a lack of hurricanes.
Anybody have ideas for design related stops, or just fun things in general? I might try to hit both Taliesins (haven’t seen either). Any good design get togethers in cities mentioned (I know Yo has heralded a pretty good PDX thread, and their are other local ones starting…maybe this could be a prompt to flesh them out), or conferences that might be happening for those who are there (thinking late September through mid October)? I think I might try some Air B & B stops to get some good insider perspectives on the cities. I might also blog it, will keep you guys updated on this idea.