I wanted to do this trip last year but instead we went to Florida, New Orleans and ended up in New York.
Now this trip is going to happen in June/July, for the duration of about 21 days, and this post is because we are torn between two different directions.
My daughter and me prefer to avoid Interstates and use the smaller roads, and see more small towns and the amazing nature the US has.
The idea is to drive a max of 5 hours a day, but we do know that we need to be flexible at this point, because of some longer distance between points of interest.
There will be 2 major questions in this post, but we do appreciate all the info we can get.
We will fly from Denmark to Las Vegas, stay there for 1 day and then take the 15 towards St. George and then route 9 to Zion Park.
1 Question: If we have to choose between Zion or Bryce Canyon, what is the most scenic and impressive place? (we don't mind walking but are not the tracking type ;-))
From Zion Park we want to take the 89 North and then take the 12 all the way up to Hanksville. From there we want to take the 95 and 261 and 263 to Monument Valley. After that we want to go south to Holbrook and from there we take Route 66 towards Albuquerque.
2 Question: From here we are torn in two directions, either towards Santa Fe, then the smaller roads west of Denver towards Mt. Rushmore, then back to Denver to fly home. Or we are heading from Albuquerque into Texas, and end up either in Dallas or Houston(depends of which town/area is more interesting).
If it's going to be Texas then we would love to get some info about roads, nice towns and areas to see.
According to Google maps this trip should take between 30-40 hours continuous driving, so there should be time enough to explore places like Zion/Bryce, Monument Valley and other interesting and scenic places, areas and towns/cities.
I really hope that we can get some help, and most of all ideas and information about roads and places to see and visit.
Eric van Urk, Denmark