I would love some help fine-tuning my roadtrip that starts in a few weeks, and this seems like the place to go for such the thing. I am driving one way from Boston to California from July 2 August 6. And would love some help on my itinerary. I have some friends I am meeting, which is noted on the list itself.
Main questions: Are there any places on the list you would definitely take off/add on? Any cool places in Arkansas to stop at (since Im mainly driving through)? Would you stay at White Sands for two days or Santa Fe/Albaquerque? Where in regards to Zion, the Arches, Bryce, canyonlands, and glen canyon would you concentrate on? Where with regards to Joshua Tree, Mojave, and Death Valley would you concentrate on? I am staying in Whiskeytown to break up the drive form Yosemite to Redwoods, is this a good idea? Any food/places to enjoy suggestions in the major cities?
I have rented a car to drive (one way), and am also looking for camping suggestions. I would prefer to mostly camp, but do not mind hotels, motels, and even sleeping in the car when options are limited. I am hoping I can still get some camp grounds at some national parks but think I have missed the boat on that one (I can still hope!!!). Thank you all very much in advance!
July 2 maryland/washington DC
3 (Friday) norfolk, virginia (virginia beach) VISITING A FRIEND
4 kentucky (cumberland gap)
5 kentucky (mammouth caves)
6 memphis, TN
7 dallas; drive through AK (hot springs and central high school)
9 (Friday) - austin
10 big bend, tx
11 carlsbad, NM
12 white sands, NM
13 white sands, NM? Good enough to stay 2 days?
14 NM (Alburqurque and Santa Fe)
15 durango, CO (mesa verde) VISITING A FRIEND
16 CO (Black canyon of gunnison)
17 (Friday) Denver, CO (coors brewery) VISITING A FRIEND
18 Denver, CO (rocky mountains) VISITING A FRIEND
19 UT (arches)
20 UT (glen canyon/canyonlands)/bryce (which to go to?)
July 21 UT (zion)
22 UT (Zion)
23 grand canyon, AZ
24 (Friday) Grand canyon, AZ
25 Phoenix, AZ (Sedona) VISITING A FRIEND
26 San Diego, CA VISITING A FRIEND
27 Joshua Tree, CA (& Mojave)
28 Joshua Tree, CA (& Mojave) or go to Death?
29 Death Valley, CA
30 Yosemite Park, CA
31 (Friday) Yosemite Park, CA
August 1 Whiskeytown, CA
2 Redwoods CA
3 Redwoods, CA
4 Napa Valley, CA VISITING A FRIEND
5 Napa Valley, CA VISITING A FRIEND
6 San Fran (leave for Boston in morning)