Friend of mine and I are planning to go for a roadtrip coming July. We will have to go Albuquerque, NM for some business, and after that we want to take a week or a little longer off and drive.
After leaving Albuquerque, I was thinking of driving around it, checking Santa Fe, and after taking a drive to Arizona, to Grand Canyon. Then, I was planning to drive up north through Utah, eventually ending up in Salt Lake City (maybe in two days or so). Further, a drive through Wyoming to South Dakota to check Badlands, etc. After that I was thinking of going down south to Nebraska, and after driving through Nebraska and either Kansas or Colorado, getting back to Albuquerque.
I have some questions planning this trip.
1) The approximate length of this trip according to google maps is a bit more than 3,000 miles. Do you think it is doable in a little more than a week? Again, there are two of us and both can drive. At the same time, we would like to see enough things on the way, and we want to take scenic routes, and stop often on the way.
2) What are the scenic routes there and which landmarks/parks we should not miss?
3) What would be the reasonable and the most interesting was to drive from SD back to Albuquerque, NM? It seems like NE is pretty interesting, but what about KS? Would it be more exciting to drive through Omaha, NE, KS and OK, or it would be better and more beautiful to drive west through NE, and then drive to Albuquerque through CO?
4) Anything else we need to consider?