I'm from England working temporarily in Austin Tx, and have been here for 9 months, but not really seen anything of the US yet :(
So I'm planning to take 14-17 days off and get some sight seeing in. My plan is to meet family and friends in Seattle, as they pass through there in mid-September. So that set the timing and destination.
Along the way I want to see the natural wonders rather than man made ones, a few days of solitude would great, mixed in with some gentle hiking, golf and jet boating (in Hells Canyon)
I've listed the places that I think would be good to see below :-
Grand Canyon (Must see)
Yellowstone (Must see)
Glacier national Park (Must see)
Nez Perce historic Park
Mount St Helens
Seattle (Must arrive in one piece :)
As far as the Grand Canyon goes I'm thinking I'll fly to Vegas or Flagstaff, see the Grand Canyon the next day and then fly on the following day to Salt lake City
?? Question: Unless anyone really thinks I should drive to Salt Lake City from The Grand Canyon
As far the road trip from Salt lake City to Seattle goes, I'd be interested to hear from people on :-
1. Are there any must see places on/ near my route that I should consider
2. How long should I spend in Yellowstone to get to see the best of it (I'm not into camping, so nothing more than day hikes!
3. Same question for Galcial National Park, Nez Perce and Hells Canyon
4. Which side of Mt St Helens is best to go East/ West?
I'd appreciate any thoughts, comments and suggestions any of you may have