Dear USA road trip aficionados,
I'm new to this forum and in urgent need of advice regarding visiting the above places. I am aiming to drive east from Las Vegas in mid-late April, taking in all these natural wonders en route, before making my way further east and I was wondering what people's advice is regarding the length of time required to tour these great places, or at least take in some of the highlights.
I was also hoping someone might have done a similar or identical itinerary and be able to give tips on an optimum route. I've read up a fair bit and appreciate to take in the full scope of some of these national parks often requires a circuitous route such as the Zion Loop, but wondered if there was a clever way to join the dots as it were, in more of a straight line (rather than doubling back all the time, as from what I can gather there is some serious mileage involved).
From what I can see, looking at one or two basic maps I have at my disposal (I live in the UK), my journey east should follow a path of Zion to Bryce to Arches to Canyonlands (I've also read Dead Horse Point Park is worth a little detour) to Monument Valley.
I have about a week to 10 days at my disposal, from departing Vegas to my arrival in Dallas. After Monument Valley I hope to pay a brief visit to Roswell but other than that I'll be heading straight to Dallas, so the timeframe I have is largely for visiting all these amazing-sounding national parks.
Is it easy to drive through these national parks? Which ones would you advise are better for taking a tour (and leaving the car in the car park)? Does anyone have any top tips on hotels/motels to stay at along the way? Should I be booking ahead?
Is there anywhere I can go online to find a good route planner, as it's a trip I'm taking alone and I won't have the luxury of a navigator in the passenger seat or sat-nav. Any other tips on driving across all this terrain?
All tips and advice, truly appreciated.
Hope to here from you soon.
All the best,