We are from Atlanta. Our goal is to take in Southwestern scenery some of which is new to both of us. I have driven around Albuquerque/Taos/Sante Fe and love it, esp. Bandolier and the like. And I've driven Oregon down the coast to above LA which was amazing and wonderful. He has been only to cities in SW.
Must is three days in Sante Fe with friends.
Two weeks max
No more than 6 to 8 hrs/day driving
See the countryside and identify future trip locales.
Grand Canyon, if possible.
Three days Asilomar in Monterey, if possible.
Fly ATL to San Francisco.
3 days Silomar
Drive south to LA
1 day LA with friends
Drive to Grand Canyon.
1 or 2 days Grand Canyon
Drive to Sante Fe
3 or more days in and around Sante Fe
Fly to Atl.
1)Too much driving in too short a time to be enjoyable?
2)If answer to 1) is yes, suggestions for quicker comparably scenic not-similar-to-SE U. S.-route San Francisco to Sante Fe?
3)Suggested sights to see if we dropped California part of the trip and circled out from Sante Fe to Grand Canyon and back.
As I said, wed like to as much as possible go places neither of us has been.