I am going on a one month drive from Los Angeles to Chicago, starting in just a few days. I had the trip all planned, but now I want to try to include Monument Valley as well.
Originally I planned to spend two days driving from Grand Canyon South Rim to Albuquerque, spending the night in Holbrook.
Now I am pondering if I can spend those two days driving 160 from Grand Canyon to Kayenta and then following 163 through Monument Valley and then to Albuquerque. What I am uncertain about is how to get from Monument Valley to Albuquerque, and where to spend the night. I guess I could follow 191 down to I40 (spending the night in Chinle for instance), or I could drive to Shiprock and follow 491 down to I40 at Gallup, but don't know where would be a natural half-way-point to spend the night.
Any suggestions on a nice route from north side of Monument Valley down to Albuquerque and a good place to spend the night?
I've never been in in these areas, and I am trying to plan this with google maps and various other web pages, so I may be completely off on distances and driving times...