Hi to everyone on the forum - only just discovered this site and it would have been fantastic for our last two western-US roadtrips. But alas ...
Still, here goes ... I know it seems like we're packing it in really tight and we are .. but we have limited time and a flight from Glasgow, Scotland to Vancouver to contend with and only three weeks in between.
Day 1:We fly into Vancouver August 2012, arrive 10.30am and travel north east via Kamloops to stay overnight at either Clearwater or Blue River, BC.
Day 2: We continue north east to Jasper and travel the Icefields Parkway to Banff or close by (overnight).
Day 3-5: We travel southeast to Kalispell, MT via Glacier NP (east to west) - we have border-crossing at Carway (I think). Staying at Artemis Acres Horse Ranch for three nights.
Day 6: Kalispell to Livingston, MT (via 83 and 141 to Helena; then via 12 and 89 to Livingston)
Day 7: Continue east and head to Yellowstone NP via Red Lodge and Cooke City (Beartooth Pass). Staying close to Yellowstone.
Day 8: ??? We need to travel southwards...
Day 9: Blanding/Monticello overnight so that we can head through Arches NP etc. onward to Monument Valley and then northwest through Zion Canyon etc. to end up in Las Vegas.
Day 10: From Las Vegas through Death Valley to LA (staying with friends for 5 nights).
Day 11-15: LA
Day 16-22: Heading back north to Vancouver, via Yosemite and Sequoia NP (that's all we've set at the moment - last couple of trips we've seen SF, Mt Rainer NP, Lassen, Mount Shasta, Crater Lake etc.)
We are determined to stay away from the interstates - for obvious reasons, we don't mind travelling all day - as long as the scenery is there and it usually is in that part of the world. Wish we had lots and lots of additional time, but we don't!
Has anyone been on a route like this or part there of?
Hope there are suggestions, but not the obvious one like, 'are we mad!'.