We are planning a road trip, 8-10 week duration, leaving Toronto around April 10. We are seniors.
We'd like help in planning routes, attractions to see, places to eat, places to stay (motels, camping - we have a van and need a place to sleep). Other suggestions, recommendations that anyone may have concerning duration of stays in each place. We are interested in nature, culture (indigenous), national & state parks, scenic routes, etc.
- The first day we expect to stop somewhere around Cleveland, having crossed the border at Buffalo.
- We then want to drive to Lexington, Kentucky. While here we want to visit Berea.
- Next stop, Nashville to see the country hall of fame, etc.
- Then on to Memphis to see Graceland
- Next stop San Antonio (pls suggest route and stopping point). Any must sees in Texas? Or, should we forget about San Antonio and just go thru' Amarillo to Albuquerque? Which route would be more interesting?
- Then heading back north towards Las Cruces, NM and the White sands National Park. Any other must sees in NM?
- We then west towards Arizona to: Monument valley,Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon. We also want to see Colorado's Mesa Verde. Should we do this at this time or on the way back? Sedona & Red Rock County, Cathedral Gorge state park,etc. We were thinking of making Flagstaff our base to see a lot of this. Does this make sense? Is it worth stopping around Phoenix? Also is the Saguaro NP worth a stop?
- We'd also like to see Las Vegas, Death Valley. In California we want to travel to Yosemite NP.Kings Canyon and Sequoia & Joshua Tree. Please suggest sequence duration and routes.
- Once we get to the Pacific coast, we would like to travel LA, Big Sur, Monterey, San Francisco and go north towards Oregon, Seattle.
- In California if we were to visit wine country should it be Sonoma or Napa?
- Heading east on our way back we want to stop at Glacier park, Montana, Yellowstone, Wyoming, Theodore Roosevelt, N. Dakota .
- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, back to Toronto through Buffalo.
I know that I am asking a lot but any assistance that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.