For over a month now I'm busy planning a roadtrip that I wanna do with my six year old son. It's not yet sure whether his mother (my ex girlfriend) is coming along, or that maybe one of my best friends will be joining us.
I must admit that if one of them comes along, I would feel a bit more secure, but if not, I plan to make the trip just with my son.
Because of his school, our 30 day trip will be in August and so far I came up with a few idea's and possible routes.
Actually I have one quite detailed itinerary, but every now and then I get some big doubts about that plan, considering I'm traveling with a kid.
After reading a lot of other threads on this forum and the outstanding advice that's been giving there, I hope someone can also advice me and help me make up my mind.
My plan for now is to fly from Amsterdam in Holland to Denver, CO. Here we will stay one or two days to adjust, pick up the car and buy the camping gear we didn't bring from Holland.
Since I rather don't want to drive in an RV, I'm planning to rent an SUV or a van, in which I also plan to sleep some nights, whenever we don't feel like setting up the tent. Probably we will also stay in a motel every now and then.
From Denver the rough plan is this:
- White River Forest or Rocky Mountain NP (one night)
The RMNP looks more interesting, but is a bit out of the way from our next destination, which is
- The Black Canyon of the Gunnison (2 nights)
- Colorado National Monument (one night)
- Arches NP (2 nights)
- Canyonlands NP (2 nights)
- Monument Valley (one night)
- Grand Canyon (north rim) (two nights)
From what I've read the north rim has less crowds, which I do wanna avoid as much as possible. But then again, I'm not sure if from there I can visit the Havasu Falls and stay there for a night.
Or would any of you suggest this hike unsuitable for a six year old?
Also, the north rim seems to be giving better access to our next destination:
- Zion NP ( 2 nights)
- Las Vegas or Death Valley (one night)
- Sequoia and King's Canyon NP (2 or 3 nights)
Untill two weeks ago, this sort of was my plan. From Seq. or King's Canyon NP I would drive to Big Sur and from there head to SF and fly back to Holland.
But then I calculated that this itinerary would take us like 20 days or so and right away I thought of an opportunity to head some place I initially really wanted to go to as well and which is Olympic National Park in Washington.
I realise this is a long, long drive, but I can't shake it as a thought. Olympic NP, but also Redwood NP and the what seems to be astonishing Pacific coastline of CA, OR and WA look just so damn appealing, especially after the hot and dry SouthWest.
I apologize for this story being soo long (and probably the misspelling here and there), but these are, I think, my main questions:
Is it doable to reach further and go all the way from Denver to Seattle in one month? Or will this be too much of a rush?
I'm willing to compromise and skip one or two places in Utah, so I have a bit more time on my way to Seattle.
That brings me to one of my other big doubts. Are Utah and Arizona not too uncomfortable (for a child) during August?
Is it better to turn everything around? Just stick to CA and the Pacific Coast Route, or perhaps head north from Denver to Wyoming, Idaho and then to OR and WA? (which also seems beautifull)
These are a lot of questions and I sure have many more. But for now help with these (very luxurious) doubts and problems would be great.
Many thanks in advance,