Later this summer in August I am considering taking a national park road trip honeymoon.
I live in the DFW area of Texas, but my wedding is at Estes Park, CO, and we will be driving there anyway, so afterwards we are thinking about taking 2 weeks
and just road tripping to some national parks.
Here's my tentative schedule:
Estes Park to Jackson WY
Yellowstone to Moab
Moab to Bryce Canyon
Drive to Vegas
Drive to Flagstaff
Drive to El Paso
(the only reason is because his mother lives there and we have a house to crash before making our way back to dfw)
El paso to DFW
To save on costs, we are planning to camp, stay at hostels, and/or stay at cheap cabins.
For food, we are planning to eat out a cooler and buying food at grocery stores/etc. We are also considering buying a simple camping stove and a pot. We might stop by at unique local eateries to try the local cuisine once in awhile.
So now the questions-
How long minimum do you think a trip like that should take? How many days should we stay in each area?
Should we buy a national park pass?
Since I am planning to go to 4 different parks in Utah, is that overkill? Should I just stick with one or two?
What's the weather in Utah in August? Is camping feasible, or should we stick with a cabin/hotel with AC?
Best and easy roadtrip/camping meal suggestions? (If we have access to a cooler, a simple burner, a pot, and perhaps a grill or campfire at site. Prefer meals that leave easy cleanup afterwards)
What else are must bring items?
Finally, any top tips for your favorite local eats place, must do things, and places to check out in any of the national parks or cities we will be passing through.
Also, any must-stop places along the route we shouldn't miss? We will check out roadsideamerica, but otherwise, any other unique places you would personally recommend?