My friend and I are planning a trip from the 23rd of September to October 1st of this year.
We will be leaving Warner Robins Geogia around 3-4 pm on Sunday September 23rd. We plan on driving to Hot Springs Arkansas straight through with a few small pit stops to venture around Tupelo MS and the Little Rock Arkansas area.
We plan to arrive in Hot Springs around 4 am on the 24th of September, with the hour time difference around 3am. We plan on spending the day and night in Hot Springs, leaving early in the morning around 6-7 am on the 25th of September.
We plan on driving straight through to Chaco Canyon Culture National Historic Park in Nageezi New Mexico. This is supposed to be a 18 hr drive and with a few pit stops in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico I am hoping we can make it in 19 hours. That would put us in Nageezi around 12am on the 26th of September. We will be spending the night of the 26th and 27th in New Mexico.
Early Morning of the 28th we will be traveling to the Petrified Forest for a few hours and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. We will spend the 28th of September in the Grand Canyon area.
We will start heading out on the 29th of September around noon, we want to try to visit the Painted Desert before we leave. We will spend the rest of the 29th heading out that evening.
On our trip back to Georgia we plan on taking the I-40 E/US 84/I-20E route going through Albuquerque, Dallas, and Shreveport. According to all the maps this trip will take about 24 hours to make. If we leave the Painted Desert around 4pm that evening that would put us being close to home around 4 pm on the 30th.
So we still have a whole day to waste and I was curious if anyone had any great stopping points along the I-40 E/I-20 E route where we could stop and see to make our trip more fun. The only thing I really had planned on the way back was to visit Vicksburg MS and have a picnic along the Mississippi River but with the river being dried up this year I don't know if that is even possible.
So I guess my two questions are, does this trip sound possible?? Is it to much? and the other question is on our way back is there any suggestions on what to see and where to go. My friend is really into anything Native American and War Related and I am more of a Scenic Route/Wildlife person.
Any comments orsuggestions would be great. Also we will be camping in tents, so no hotels and anyone who has had any experience with the koa campgrounds in the hot springs ar, nageezi nm and grand canyon area would be great to hear.