I have silently visited this site a lot in the past few months and have found a lot of good advice. My fiance (29 years old) and I (25 years old) are planning a 4 week long National Park road trip. We have done a few long long road trips before (5,000+ miles each) but this one I think might be the best yet. We have trimmed, altered, cut & added and think we have a good route planned out. My fiance is currently getting a bachelors in photography and next quarter will be his last quarter so instead of finding things to photograph for his porfolio around our state (Minnesota) we decided to do a roadtrip of the west coast and photograph a bunch of National Parks. It still is a vacation so I am looking for other fun things to do along the way. Here is the route, we are unsure of how many or what days we are staying at each place cause we are waiting for his school schedual to come out for next quarter but we know it will be 4 weeks.
~Minnesota -T Roosevelt NP
~T Roosevelt NP - Glacier NP
~Glacier NP - Yellowstone NP
~Yellowstone NP - Teton NP
~Teton NP - Bear lake (border of Utah & Idaho)
~Bear Lake - Salt Lake City
~Salt Lake City - Capital reef NP
~Capital Reef NP - Bryce Canyon NP
~Bryce Canyon NP - Zion NP/Glen Canyon NRA
~Zion NP/ Glen Canyon NRA - North rim Grand Canyon
~North rim Grand Canyon - Las Vegas
~Las Vegas - Death Valley
~Death Valley - Sequioa NP
~ Sequioa NP - Yosemite NP
~Yosemite NP - San Fransico
~San Fransico - Los Angelas
~Los Angelas - Joshua tree NP
~Joshua Tree NP - Sedona, Arizona
~Sedona, Arizona - North rim Grand Canyon
~North rim Grand Canyon - Mesa Verde NP
~Mesa Verde NP - Cayonlands NP/Arches NP
~Cayonlands NP/Arches NP - Aspen Colorado
~Aspen Colorado - Rocky Mountains NP
~Rocky Mountains NP - Wind Cave NP
~Wind Cave NP - Bad Lands NP
~Bad Lands NP - Minnesota/Home
So I have few random questions.
Does this seem do able in 4 weeks?
Is there any fun things besides National parks that are must sees along this route?
I was also wondering does anybody recommend sleeping on air mattresses? In past road trips we always did a combination of car sleeping and hotels/motels. This time we are doing tent camping which will be my first time camping. We are taking a car so we are pretty packed so there is no room for cots so I am thinking either foam mattress or air mattress. What do you recommend?
Does anyone know of where I can find a detailed list of what to bring? I know all the basics of what to bring but I am looking for things I might miss for example things I might need for camping cooking, ect.
Thank you, I would love to see any advice anyone has :)