Great forum you have here. This is my first post on this forum but I am a frequent visitor to many others!
My wife and I are from Australia and are planning a 7 week US/Canada holiday in Sept/Oct 2013 and part of it will include driving from either San Francisco or Los Angeles (depending on flights) to Seattle via an inland route.
The plan is to rent a car, buy some cheap camping gear and have a rough plan with a lot of flexibility built in. We will be staying in a mix of hotels, motels and camp grounds. We did a similar thing across some of Canada a couple of years ago.
We will have 4 weeks for this leg and our rough itinerary is as follows:
- San Francisco or Los Angeles
- The area generally comprising Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon NP, Sequoia NP, Death Valley NP
- Barstow (route 66 museum and possibly some other route 66 stops in between Barstow and the Petrified Forest NP)
- Las Vegas
- The area generally comprising Grand Canyon, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Monument Valley NP
From this point and depending on time, we have the option of either:
- Durango, CO
- Boulder, CO
- Yellowstone NP
- Glacier NP, MT
- Salt Lake City
- Yellowstone NP
- Glacier NP
We could even skip Glacier NP if we had to especially as it might be getting cold at that time of year. As I said earlier there will be no fixed plan!
I understand this trip will end up being quite a few miles, so I guess my main question is whether there is anything I have listed I could not worry about seeing, or whether there are places along way I haven’t mentioned that are worth seeing.
My second question is regarding route 66. I think I may be struggling for time, however have come up with a few places I wouldn’t mind some advice on. These are Amboy CA, Goffs Schoolhouse and Railway Depot CA, Petrified Forest NP AZ, Flagstaff AZ, Delgadillo Snowcap Drive in AZ, and Oatman AZ. Has anyone been to any of these places and are they worth seeing? Sometimes you have to take Lonely Planet with a grain of salt…
We are both really interested in food, wine and beer but are also just as interested in walking through the national parks, so any advice/pointers you could provide more generally would be greatly appreciated.