Hi Fellow Roadtrip Lovers
Firstly, thanks again to those of you who advised me on my trip last year. Your advice was invaluable and helped it be the great trip that it was. I spent 5 days in San Francisco, then flew to Las Vegas, hired a car and drove for 2 1/2 weeks, winding through southern Utah and norther Arizona into Colorado via the NW corner of New Mexico, through Colorado to SE Wyoming. Most of the time was spent in Colorado. Then flew to NYC for a few days, then to Scotland for 2 weeks in the Highlands. The main focus was scenery, flyfishing and hiking/hillwalking/scrambling. A particularly long holiday, due to accrued leave.
I loved the SW and Rockies (and SF and NYC), and am now planning another trip, mainly through Montana. This year I'll only have a total of 2 1/2 weeks' leave. I'll fly straight to the Rocky Mts area, probsably via L.A. (origin: Australia). The trip is only in the initial planning stages. It will start most likely in June, but I may have to bring my leave forward to May due to work constraints (I'll know in a week from now); in the event of the latter eventuating, my apologies for putting this on the Summer Trip Planning forum, as it'll still be spring!
My initial thoughts were to hire a car in Salt Lake City and travel to Bozeman and Helena in Montana, via Idaho Springs. I'll flyfish and hike a bit, then drive via the Custer Monument to the Badlands, then across to Yellowstone and back to Salt Lake City. I know it's beautiful just east and south of Yellowstone in Wyoming, so will linger there a bit.
Accommodation will be a mix of hotels and camping.
I enjoy driving fairly long distances (up to 350 miles) every few days, then stopping to enjoy a spot for a few days.
My questions are:
1. Should I not consider driving this far north if the timing of the trip is during the month of May?
2. What recommendations might forum members make for places to visit (scenically or accommodation-wise) or particular routes to take between these destinations?
3. Am I being too ambitious planning such a trip for a 2 1/2 week timeframe?
4. Any other suggestions stemming from experience driving through these areas?