I like to plan holidays and next year's (2012), will be our first road trip. I have lots and lots of questions and I hope your experience will help us to have a great first road trip.
I have mapquest route planning software to assist me in my planning
Our idea of a road trip would be to travel 5 or 6 hours per day, stopping for 2 to 3 hours at either a point of interest on the route or the final destination for the day.
My first bash at working out a route led me to the following schedule:
Day 1 Outward bound to San Francisco from the UK
Day 2 Spend day in San Francisco
Day 3 on the road from San Francisco via Yosemite to Bishop
Day 4 Bishop via Death Valley to Vegas
Day 5 Spend day in Vegas
Day 6 Spend day in Vegas
Day 7 on the road from Vegas via Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon to Lake Powell
Day 8 Lake Powell to Colorado National Monument
Day 9 Colorado National Monument via Black Canyon of Gunnison to Canon City
Day 10 Canon City to Amarillo
Day 11 Amarillo to Dallas
Day 12 Dallas to New Orleans
Day 13 Spend day in New Orleans
Day 14 spend day in New Orleans
Day 15 homeward bound to UK.
What we are looking for is the most scenic routes (without adding too much time to the total time on the car for the day).
The routes that Mapquest comes up with seem to indicate that the shortest trip would be Bishop to Vegas at 270 miles, least number of hours in the car on days 9,10 and 11, the longest trip in terms of miles is Dallas to New Orleans and the longest in terms of time in the car being the San Francisco to Bishop via Yosemite.
Your initial thoughts would be most welcome.