I am trying to put a route together for 2013, and would like some comments on it. The trip is mainly revolved around photography, and a trip to the Indy 500. I know it could do with being longer, but it's already massively pushing the budget. I am also fully aware of distances (i did a 4,500mile 3 week trip in 2011).
For your info, i haved already been to:
Parks: Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Death Valley, Devils Postpile, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion
Cities: Boston, LA, LV, NYC, SLC, Santa Barbara, SF
4 San Clemente (fly in and pick up car... maybe Corvette?)
5 San Clemente (Potentially watch Lowers Pro surf contest)
6 San Clemente
7 Las Vegas (change to cheap car!, maybe do Nascar experience)
8 Grand Canyon
9 Grand Canyon
10 Page (inc. Antelope Canyon, and maybe the Wave)
12 Monument Valley
13 Moab (Arches, Canyonlands, etc...)
16 Denver (more CO than Denver specifically... any ideas? maybe a drive up Pikes Peak? Ouray?)
19 Badlands (+ black hills)
21 Sioux Falls (to break up driving)
26 Indianapolis (Indy 500)
27 Pittsburgh (to break up driving)
28 Washington DC (drop off car)
The last 2 days are obviously a big rush, but they're there so i can make it a full coast to coast trip. It would feel wrong leaving from Indy and not getting all the way to the coast.
Car rental seems to be an issue. If i keep the car in Chicago (which will be annoying) it saves me quite a bit of £ (even with parking fees). If i drop off at the start of the Chicago stay, then pickup after to take me to Washington, the Chicago to Washington bit is £250+ for a basic car (it's only 3 days!)!
Option 2, is to go the other way. This is somewhat favoured as it means i end up with a quiet few days at the beach, but it does mean i miss out on a few things (Lowers Pro + possible nascar experience). It could reduce the chances of snow though (especially in Colorado!).
23 Washington DC
30 Sioux Falls
8 Monument Valley
11 Grand Canyon
12 Grand Canyon
13 Las Vegas/Phoenix
14 San Clemente
15 San Clemente
16 San Clemente
Please give me your thoughts.