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Want to go West from PA - looking for advice

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So, I've never taken a long road trip before (driven to the beach and back along the east coast but I'm not considering that a road trip) and I'm looking to plan a trip out west for my boyfriend and I. We live in Western Pennsylvania and would like to hit these places;

1. Badlands National Park
2. Mt. Rushmore (not life or death but it seems to be along the route)
3. Glacier National Park
4. Yellowstone National Park
5. Grand Tetons National Park
6. Rock Mountain National Park

I think I have these in the order that makes the most sense, but, that's what I'm here for, I have no idea. I think we are only going to have 2 weeks to work with.. I KNOW that's not enough time but hey, when you're young, vacation time is limited. My guess is that future trips will spawn off of this trip.. this will be a sampling of where I want to go on future vacations and spend all of my time there. I can easily see spending an entire week or more at most of the parks we want to hit.

Here are my questions;
1. It is a LONG drive from PA to the Badlands & from Rocky Mountain to PA... either way is a lose for me.. that's a 24 hour drive (give or take) for either one. There is not really anything I care to see between those parks and my home. Should we drive? Is it worth it to fly instead? If so, where do you fly to? I then have to rent a vehicle. Is there a train? What's the best method that other people have tried? Maybe it's a nice drive? I have no idea. I, personally, have never been on a plane and of course have fears but if it's going to cut my travel time and let me spend more time out west, I think I can conquer the fear.

2. Do you think my list of stops is optimum? Did I pick the right order? That seemed to be the one that made the most sense to me. But again, I'm not familiar with the area, at all.

3. What do you recommend seeing along the way and doing while we're there? Are there certain roadways we should take to see something fantastic? I've read things about Beertooth Highway, Cedar Pass Lodge, Devil's Tower, Float Trips in the Grand Tetons, Trail Ridge Road, Big Horn Mountains.. that kind of stuff.

4. If you only had 2 weeks to work with.. which parks do you think deserve the most time? I want to see Glacier & Yellowstone the most.. BF wants to see Badlands, Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountain the most. I think everyone should side with me. :)

Basically I am looking for any and all advice regarding this. It's something I've never done involving places I've never been.

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