Hello everybody! I'm new on this forum hence I need some advice for my roadtrip. In July 2014 we will be going on a roadtrip (me and two friends). I'm 21 and my friends 22! Our budget is like 4000 euro's (+- 5400$). This budget is 4000 for every individual! And it includes the spending for the group (car rent, gasoline) and the individual spending (shopping, hotel's, restaurants etc.)
Our discussion point is the route, almost everybody does the well known southwest trip. This is like: SF, yosemite, sequioa, la, death valley, las vegas, zion, bryce, grand canyon and after that all the way back again. Now we came up with the idea to go to the rocky mountain national park, to salt lake city, and after that back to bryce national park. From bryce we go back to Las vegas - Death valley - Bakersfield - Route 1 along the coast etc.
To give you a perspective I made a route on google maps. The only problem is that my google maps didn't work on the way back from Las Vegas. But i also made a description of the route including the km's.
And the route:
Dag 1: San francisco landing (night out in SF)
Dag 2: San francisco – Yosemite national park (320 km) (drive in the morning)
Dag 3: Yosemite national park (all day)
Dag 4: Yosemite national park (all day
Dag 5: Yosemite national park – Kings canyon national park (190 km)
Dag 6: Kings canyon national park – Sequioa national park (short visit) – Bakersfield (230 km)
Dag 7: Bakersfield – Las vegas (450 km) leave in the morning (night out in Las Vegas)
Dag 8: Las vegas – zion (265 km)
Dag 9: Zion (all day)
Dag 10: Zion – Antelope canyon (200 km)
Dag 11: Antelope canyon – Grand canyon (176 km)
Dag 12: Grand canyon all day
Dag 13 grand canyon – Monument valley (250 km)
Dag 14: Monument valley – arches national park (254 km)
Dag 15: Arches national park – Rocky mountain national park (630 km) Travel day!
Dag 16: Rocky mountain national park (all day in the park)
Dag 17: Rocky mountain national park (all day in the park))
Dag 18: Rocky mountain national park leave around 14:00 – via trail ridge road – Laramie (290 km) ETA in the evening.
Dag 19: Laramie – Salt lake city (630 km) Travel day
Dag 20: Salt lake city – panguitch (400km) drive across route 89
Dag 21: Panguitch – Bryce national park (40km)
Dag 22: Bryce national park – Mesquite (290 km)
Dag 23: Mesquite – Valley of fire - Las vegas (180 km)
Dag 24: Whole day Las Vegas (casino, gambling etc.)
Dag 25: Las vegas – Death valley national park – Bakersfield (580 km) Purely driving trough Death Valley just a touring day.
Dag 26: Bakersfield – baywood los-osos (route 1) (230 km)
Dag 27: Day on the beach at baywood
Dag 28: Baywood – Monterey (via route 1) ( 235 km)
Dag 29: Monterey – San Francisco (190 km)
Dag 30: San Francisco
DAG 31: VERTREK 6000KM TOTAL
Now my only question is, what do you think of the route we will take on this trip? Is it to long, is it ok? We don't mind driving because we like it. Especially in America's nature!!
So what do you guys think of the route!!