Hey guys and gals,
Returning from yet another haitus of the RTA forums. The time goes by so quickly.
Anyway, I have been hoping to follow-up my initial 48-state roadtrip from 2005 with a trip to state #49 of Alaska, but after getting the total package price for me and my folks at $8000(!!!), we decided to scrap that plan and do something we originally intended on taking in May 2008.
On my original roadtrip, I only touched the state of Utah at Four Corners, and last year we drove around the southeastern edge when we visited Monument Valley. Only now, we plan on driving into the heart and seeing everything possible.
My folks and I will embark on Mother's Day, May 13th. This roadtrip will be 10-11 days, and I don't plan on seeing it extend past 2000 miles.
From San Juan Capistrano, CA, the tentative itinerary is now:
Day 0 - Drive up to Death Valley, CA (we'll leave in the afternoon)
Day 1 - Death Valley, CA then head to St. George, UT
Day 2 - Zion National Park, UT
Day 3 - Bryce National Park, UT (signed up for the horseback ride)
Day 4 - Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Day 5 - Canyonlands National Park, UT
Day 6 - Arches National Park, UT
Day 7 - Salt Lake City, UT (Sunday morning - Tabernacle Choir)
Day 8 - Great Basin National Park, NV
Day 9 - Yosemite National Park, CA
Day 10 - Sequoia National Park, CA
Day 11 - Home (Cushion Day)
As you might have guessed, I'm trying to get all the major national parks out of the way. My Dad has one of those senior passes he bought for $10 that gives him unlimited access to all of the parks. I dig it. :)
We've already got the first week in hotels booked, but it's kind of up in the air on how the second week will be faring. Our last trip was 4,800 miles in 15 days. I figure 2,000 miles in 10 days will be much easier to handle. Not so much freaking out and driving. Should be pleasant.
Anyone else out there have some ideas for us?
(BTW Mark, I'm heading out to Vegas this weekend from Thursday to Saturday. I may have some time in the morning to stop by if the office is open...)