I am getting ready to hit the road for a semi-cross country road trip! The first leg is starting in DE and heading to Austin, Texas to visit a friend. Then the fun begins...We are heading to the Grand Canyon (South Rim first, then North Rim), then we would like to hit Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands. We will be camping the entire trip and have about three weeks to get it all in.
Here are some things I am wondering about:
1. We are looking for any scenic driving (from my reading it seems that Rt. 12 is a beautiful road) suggestions anyone might have as we travel from the North Rim to Bryce and so on. This is our first trip out West and we really want to take it all in while we are out there.
2. When at Canyonlands, is it possible to do both the Needles district and the Island in the sky? How long do you think it would take to explore both?
3. Is there anything out there that we CAN NOT miss? I have read about Zion National Park and Capitol Reef...are they must see places?
4. When we head home, we are going to go through Colorado. Any suggestions for stops in Colorado? We wanted to try and do a concert at Red Rocks if we can get tickets.....
This is longest road trip we have ever attempted so I am open to any and all suggestions whether it is for campgrounds, hiking reccomendations, good food places etc. I look forwad to hearing from anyone who has any advice to send my way!
Thanks for your time,