Hi everyone! I'll start by giving a heads up: this will be a long post. But i figured the more information I give, the easier it will be for you to help/give input.
Me (30) and my mom (57) is planning a road trip for fall 2015, flying in and out of SF. The plan is to be away for about 4-5 weeks. The date is flexible depending on what will be best, but we love the fall with all its beautiful colors. Our main goal with this trip is to see beautiful landscape, scenic drives and natural parks (however we are not big hikers).
We have both been to the US before (we’re from Sweden) and done coastal California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon. I have also been to Zion NP, Monument Valley and other places in UT/NM. We want to do PCH and Las Vegas again, but won’t need as much time as if we’d never seen it before.
I probably will be the one driving for most of the trip, with my mother driving shorter distances. Does this plan seem to take on too much for the two of us? And how much should you drive per day / how many days rest between drives. We are from the north of Sweden so we are used to long distance driving (we drive 250 km (155 miles) one way to go to IKEA…).
The main questions right now, except for the driving part:
Is this a good plan in general, if not - what should we change?
Between Ouray and Yellowstone is a big ? for me, what do you suggest?
I’ve read about Beartooth Highway, but should we do that before Yellowstone instead? Is it ”worth” it?
Any suggestions for Yellowstone -> Portland? All I’ve found is the Columbia River Gorge, which seems like a must.
Is it better to skip Crater lake and Lake Tahoe and spend more time on the Oregon coast/Redwood?
+ What should we definitely NOT miss when being in this ”neck of the woods”?
Would love your input and ideas!
Plan as of right now:
27 aug San Francisco
28 San Francisco – Big Sur (Cambria?)
29 Big Sur – Santa Barbara
30 Santa Barbara – Las Vegas
31 Las Vegas
1 sept Las Vegas – St George
2 St George – Torrey (via Scenic Byway 12)
3 Torrey – Moab
4 Moab (Arches/Canyonlands NP)
6 Moab – Ouray (via Mesa Verde, Durango, Silverton)
7 Ouray – Denver (?)
8 Denver / somewhere else
9 Denver – Lander
10 Lander – Grand Teton
11 Grand Teton – Yellowstone
14 Yellowstone – Red Lodge
15 Red Lodge – Missoula
16 Missoula – Lewiston
17 Lewiston – The Dalles
18 The Dalles – Portland
20 Portland – Crater Lake
21 Crater Lake – Redwood
22 Redwood National Park
23 Redwood – Lake Tahoe
24 Lake Tahoe
25 Lake Tahoe – San Francisco
26 San Francisco
27 San Francisco
28 San Francisco