Great Site I really am I finding it useful! It is a great forum which has awoken my passion for roadtripping!
So My Australian friend has never been to the states and I thought a roadtrip through the SW would be a good idea. Rough plan so far..
We'll leave from Vail from where I have friends.
Head through Leadville towards Durango - sleep inbetween somewhere.
From Four Corners Head towards the Grand Canyon (which I haven't seen, whoo!). Sleep somwhere in-between.
From GC to Vegaaaas. ( no idea where to sleep in-between, if at all)
Vegas to Death Valley.
Death Valley to LAX for flight on the 20th of February.
Going to play it mostly by ear, as to how long we will stay in each place.. I was thinking about 10-12 days for the whole trip... There will be a major budget. Cereal , sandwiches , cook chx/stk/brgrs. Plan to sleep in and out of car. Shower at flying J's etc...
Is it illegal to sleep overnight behind a general store or at a trail head, etc... I heard walmart parking lots are a good place to car camp. Also wondering if you think it'll be too cold to car camp either in the car or in the tent? We'll have gear and each other to help stay warm.
Planning on staying off the highways for the most part - except in between GC and LV.
My longtime friend suggest we go through Moab and see the arches before heading to the GC. But I thought it might be too out of the way / cold / rushed. Is SW Colorado really that overrated?
What I am most unsure about is finding places to shower and where to sleep in between stops.
Also what atlas would you recommend.. that covers all of America?
Really looking forward to this adventure. Thanks for the help.