A friend and I are planning a full summer road trip and it would be nice to have feedback from some experienced people in this field. So here's our current plan:
After 11 days in Vancouver Seattle and Portland, OR moving via train, I rent a car.
day 1-7 Drive to Bozeman MT & pick up my friend at the airport, I was thinking of going via Lewiston to see bits of the Lewis and Clark trail but what would you recommend? 7 days for what would be a 12-14 hour continuous drive should allow for some side trips.
day 8 Drive to Yellowstone 225 km
day 9 full day in Yellowstone
day 10 half day in Yellowstone drive to Jackson, WY 132km
day 11 half day in Grand Teton drive to Rock Springs, WY 289km
day 12 & 13 drive to Rocky Mountains National Park, CO 550 km
day 14 day in the Park, Drive to Denver in the evening 100km
day 15-17 in Denver
day 18-20 drive to Monument Valley 900km via the million dollar highway, am I correct in thinking that's the most scenic route?
day 21 full day around Monument Valley drive about 100km towards Page, AZ in the evening. Maybe better to go the full way?
day 22 day around Page see Antelope Canyon, drive to the North rim towards the end of the day
day 23 rim to rim in 1 day (we're both in good shape and have done a fair bit of hiking, seems better than paying $85 for a bus)
day 24-26 hike back slower taking the time to enjoy everything, this is conditional on us obtaining permits and ideas for where to use the time if we don't is welcome :)
day 27 drive to St George, UT 240km
day 28 morning in Zion Park, drive to Rachel, NV in the afternoon 300km
day 29 obligatory exploration of the extraterrestrial highway and general driving around the desert
day 30 drive to Las Vegas, NV 244
day 31 & 32 spent in Las Vegas
day 33 drive to Death Valley 240 km
day 34 full day in Death Valley
day 35 & 36 drive to Yosemite 400km
day 37 visit Yosemite
day 38 drive to San Francisco 260km
day 39 & 40 in San Francisco drive to Monterey towards the end of the second day 190km
day 41 Monterey to Santa Maria on the Coast 270 km
day 42 Santa Maria to Santa Monica 250 km
day 43 around LA
day 44 & 45 Start Retracing route 66 to Lake Huvasu
day 46 & 47 spent in Huvasu drive to Kingman towards the end of the second day 100km
day 48-71 Retrace the rest of route 66 all the way to Chicago and spend a couple of days there. approx 2900km in 22 days or 82 miles/day
after that we plan to fly to DC early in the morning, take a train to New York in the afternoon the next day and my friend would leave 2 days later in the evening while I would stay an extra 3-4 days, maybe go see Boston.
What do you guys think? Is this too much or too little? (I would think too much rather than too little) Are there any changes you would suggest?