So I feel like I should say up front that I know this might be an overly ambitious trip. If we were planning on doing any real hiking, we'd have to cut our sites to visit drastically - but I managed to turn my ankle but good, and not even the best pair of boots is going to allow me to put in a 20 mile hike. So, that said, here's the plan from Orlando:
Three days of hard driving out to Salt Lake City for a concert - probably a very long leg to Arkansas for a steak dinner and a good nights sleep in a hotel, followed by another almost as long leg to a hotel in Denver, and then a not-too-awful day into SLC. The real trip actually begins on day 4 leaving from SLC.
The next stop is Fort Collins, and we are trying to decide between Fossil Butte National Monument and Dinosaur National Monument 'on the way.' This will be our first national park, where we pick up our annual pass. I'm leaning towards Fossil Butte. In any event, we'll spend a few days in the Fort Collins area with friends, picking up another driver.
From there we are heading to Taos, New Mexico to meet up with more friends - I think we're going to stop off at Great Sand Dunes National Park on the way there. We're only staying a night in Taos before heading to Bandelier for the night. From Bandelier we're heading to Moab for Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point.
After Moab we're headed to Bryce for a day, then down to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for a day, then to Zion for a couple days. Then we're off towards San Francisco, stopping off in Las Vegas for a night, then visiting Death Valley and staying a night in Giant Sequoia National Monument. We're spending two nights in San Francisco (don't know if we're eating anything but Dim Sum while we're there) and then heading back to Vegas, stopping off at Yosemite National Park.
We're spending three days in Vegas this time, which is where we lose that third driver. From Vegas we're heading to camp near Petrified National Forest, and the next day we're driving to Carlsbad in time to see the bats fly out. We'll stay the night there and then head to Houston to visit with friends for a few days. We're going to New Orleans for the night from there, and then one last long push back home.
So, tell me: is this feasible? I've plugged it into AAA TripTiks and it's a lot of driving, but I don't really want to skip any of this without adding something else awesome. Any suggestions? Anyone know if the AAA routings are any good? Thanks guys! I'm excited =)