I'm trying to plan a road trip to CA from NY from late Nov 2009 to mid Jan 2009. I know this sounds really immature but I haven't thought of sitting down and plan it before I go.
There are a lot places I'd like to visit, I'm not much of a hiker but I enjoy the sightseeings very much. Most of the places I picked are national parks. Do you have any suggestion on where else I should go?
I cannot plan the routes by myself neither because I never done this before, but here are the places I'd love to go, if you could guide me, I'd really appreciate it.
Day 1: NY to St Louis, stop there for about 3-4 days to visit family.
Day 5-6: Illinois to Denver Colorado (is it realistic to make it in 1 day? maybe 2?). Is Hovenweep in Colorado? Is it on the way to Dnever? I'd love to stop there but if it's out of the way, I don't have to stop there.
Day 7-14: Utah, I'd love to visit Bryce Canyon, Zion national park, Yellowstones, and possibly Moab...
Day 15-17: Grand canyon. We already been to Las vegas earlier this year so I don't want to stop by Vegas.
Day 18: California (Do you have any suggestion of where to go in CA? I've been to the LA area before so I don't need to concentrate too much on it neither)
Around Jan 2nd, 2010: Yosemite.
Jan 11th: Head home to NY
Another question is, I know it's too cold now to camp, but is it possible to find a campsite with lodge? We're trying to cut down cost as much as we can...
Please, I need suggestions, ideas, anything you could give me would be greatly appreciated.