I have July 3rd through the 12th off due to a mandatory unemployment (the joys of working in the auto industry). Is this trip possible in the 10 days? I could take a few vacation days to allow for a longer trip. Here is the potential route I was thinking: follow the direction of Route 66 on the out trip and then up through Colorado and Kansas on the way back. (google maps says ~4000 miles)
In terms of sights along the way, I'm thinking the drives from Detroit to about New Mexico and from Kansas back home will be as fast as possible. I'm more interested in New Mexico to Colorado on this trip. I'd like to visit the Petrified Forest, some route 66 towns, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde NP (other suggestions welcome).
I'm looking for a reality check. This will be my first solo road trip as well as farthest road trip.