I had planned years ago to go on a long 40 day road trip. I have my doubts that's going to happen anytime in the near future because of time restraints and money. While California is the state I really want to visit, I don't think 2 weeks is really enough time to get to California and back unless I power though the drive to and from CA from TX which doesn't make for a great road trip.
That being said I do have a month off for Christmas break from college and I'd like to take a solo 2 week road trip before I graduate college in the following Spring and (hopefully) get a real job. Assuming I have the money saved by the time December rolls around, I'm wondering if this would even be a good idea because it is in the Winter and so close to Christmas. I'm not real sure what the weather is like up there at that time of the year. I'll be driving my 2003 Ford Escort ZX2 with summer tires and I don't have any experience in snow driving. I don't like the cold but I can live with it, but if there's going to be snow all over the roads it's a deal breaker.
Time frame (roughly): December 7th 2013 (Sat) - December 20th (Friday)
My starting point is Waco, TX. From there I'd drive up to Amarillo and over towards Santa Fe, NM. Head up to Durango, CO and go to Mesa Verde. As much as I'd love to drive the Million Dollar Highway I don't think this would be a good idea because of snow (correct me if I'm wrong because I'd love to add this drive). From there, Four Corners to Moab, UT. Canyonlands and/or Arches NP, possibly some nice driving roads in the area (La Sal Mountains). Probably detour through the Moki Dugway on my way to Monument Valley. From there to Page, AZ for Antelope Canyon and Glen Canyon Dam. Add Zion NP here if time allows. Then head back down to the Grand Canyon. From the Grand Canyon head back down "Route 66". Probably stop by the Meteor Crater near Winslow, AZ if time allows. Head down towards Lubbock for a different route back home.
Map for easier understanding: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=W...a=6,12&t=m&z=6
Does this seem doable in 14 days in December before Christmas? Or would SoCal be the better idea for that time of year? Suggestions to add and/or change? Side stops along the route? I already have a couple ideas that I didn't outline.