Okay trip coming up in about 2 weeks. This isn't my first road trip and I like to think I've got things pretty nicely planned out in terms of balancing sightseeing and driving, so this might be a vanity 'Look-at-my-awesum-vacationz' post, but any comments or alternate sightseeing ideas are quite welcome.
Day 1 & 2) Vancouver - Durango, CO
Day 3) see Mesa Verde, possibly Aztec Ruins if there's time, overnight in Farmington, NM
Day 4) see Bandelier National Monument, overnight in Socorro, NM
Day 5) see Very Large Array outside Socorro, then see White Sands in the late afternoon, overnight in Las Cruces, NM
Day 6) drive to Carlsbad Caverns (booked tour), back to Las Cruces
Day 7) Las Cruces to Phoenix, overnight (some hiking on Camelback Mountain)
Day 8) see Sonoran Desert, Sunset Crater National Monument, Red Rocks of Sedona late afternoon, overnight in Williams, AZ
Days 9 & 10) Grand Canyon south rim (will be at the Canyon on the Labour Day longweekend so I'm assuming hotel reservations are a must)
Day 10) overnight in Fredonia, AZ (?)
Day 11) see Bryce Canyon, overnight in Mt Carmel (?)
Day 12) see Zion Park, drive out and stay & overnight in Beatty, NV
Day 13) see Death Valley (from inside the car, windows up and AC on :P), overnight in Lone Pine, CA
Days 14 & 15) home via Reno & the I-5
Depending on how things go (mostly depending on how much I'm forking out for hotels) I may put in an extra day in Bryce Canyon, around Las Vegas or possibly swing through Yosemite.
Solo travelling, btw.