I am planning a road trip around some national parks in west USA for 18 months time.
We have planned quite a fast trip but its how we travel. Everything on the trip we think is a must see we just wanted to know if this route is do-able at all? And if anyone had a better route to see everything we want to see?
1 Fly to Billings, pick up car - drive to Red Lodge
2 Beartooth Highway - Cody - Yellowstone - Lake Lodge
3 Yellowstone, see as much as we can today - Lake Lodge
4 Yellowstone (Old Faithful) - Tetons - stay in Jackson
5 Looooong drive to Moab, get up early and maybe have time to stretch our legs in Arches that evening. Which is the quickest route?
6 Jeep Tour seeing Shafer trail in Canyonlands, go to Dead Horse Point and back to Arches for sunset
7 Drive down to Monument Valley, do the 17 mile tour and spend the evening at the view
8 Up early to watch the sunrise, then drive across to Grand Canyon South Rim. Spend the day there at various view points
9 Sunrise at Grand Canyon, then scoot down to ride route 66 across to Oatman, possibly also stopping at Seligman. Then up over Hoover Dam to arrive in Vegas by night to see it all lit up.
10 Day looking around Las Vegas
11 Up early (if no hangover!) then drive across to Zion to spend the rest of the day there. Would it be possible to do Angels Landing in an afternoon? Night at Springdale
12 Drive from Zion, up to route 50 and across the "loneliest road in america". Something I have always wanted to do! Spend night in Virginia City
13 Drive down past Lake Tahoe, spend a few hours there, then drive across the Tioga Pass into Yosemite.
14 Full day in Yosemite, then drive over to San Francisco early evening (done this drive before, not scenic so just want to get it done late at night)
15 Full day in San Francisco
16 San Francisco - Fly home