Before I get started, let me say that I have looked through some past threads, found some useful information, but still would like to ask some of my own questions.
I am driving from Detroit to L.A. in mid september. My friend and I plan on taking about six days to make the trip. I personally would like to take much longer, but she's sort of in a rush.
At first thought, I would like to take I-80 from Detroit to Colorado, and do that as quick as possible. We most likely are stopping through Phoenix, so I'm planning on going through a bit of Utah then turning south. Once in Colorado, coming off the interstate and taking more scenic roads is something I would highly consider.
I am looking for short hikes in parks/national areas that we could do during the day. We most likely will not be camping unfortunately, but staying in motels.
So once we get out to Colorado, I'm thinking roughly 3-4 to L.A. I know that doesn't give us a ton of time for sight seeing, but it gives us more than just driving straight through.
So far, the La Sal Mountains Road Loop outside of Moab looks do-able. It's 28-miles long and should take about 2-3 hours (or so the site says). Then on down to AZ, outside flagstaff, Walnut Creek National Monument has a 1-mile hike that shouldn't take too long. Basically, these are the types of hikes/activities I'm looking for.
Any destinations like the one's I have listed. Any suggested routes, small towns I should consider having lunch in, etc. Pretty much anything people on this board have comments for, I would highly appreciate.
If the thread takes off I'll start listing more detailed route data, and we can get more detailed with stops/destinations. For now, any suggestions anyone has, especially in the Colorado/Utah/Arizona/Southern California regions would be great.
Thanks ahead of time to anyone who helps out...