A friend and I are going on a 19 day cross-country road trip (late March into early April) - from NC out to Las Vegas and back seeing as much as possible on the way! We have a few pre-determined stops to visit family and friends, but have some wiggle room that we can't decide what to do with. We'd love some advice!
We are planning on taking 1-40 there and back, as we are visiting family in Oklahoma both ways. After Oklahoma, we are not tied to I-40 though.
We will visit Albuquerque/Sante Fe for couple of days, then have 6-8 days before we'll pass back through on our way home. (or we could skip Albuquerque on the way home to add a day or two, but we do need to hit Oklahoma on the way back).
We'd like to spend a full day at the Grand Canyon (2 nights) and a full day in Vegas (2 nights). We have some interest in going South (Phoenix, Tucson, Saguaro, El Paso, Carlsbad Caverns,etc) and some interest in going North (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Mesa Verde). Are there weather concerns along the northern route going at this time of year?
What are your recommendations - north or south? What are the must-see sights along either route. I've never seen anything along either route...
Thanks for any words of wisdom!