I'm about a year and half from retiring and thinking about places I might look into as retirement locales. One place I want to check out is Santa Fe, NM. A friend of mine loves to drive, and we're talking about driving to Santa Fe from my home near Saint Paul, MN. I'd like to spend a few days around that area to check it out, and then "while we're in the neighborhood", take advantage of being relatively close to a number of national parks in the Southwest. We're not going to be camping or doing a lot of hiking at the parks (I have some mobility issues), so our stops at the national parks will be short walks and photo ops.
This is the preliminary itinerary I've put together for a two week plus a days (leave on a Friday, come home on Saturday two weeks later). Having not been out in this part of the country before, I'm wondering if this is too aggressive an itinerary? I know we could spend days at each location.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
- Twin Cities to Wichita, KS
- Wichita, KS to Santa Fe, NM
- Santa Fe, NM to Grand Canyon National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park
- Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park
- Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City, UT
- Salt Lake City, UT to Yellowstone National Park
- Yellowstone National Park to Devil's Tower National Monument
- Devil's Tower National Monument to Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial to Badlands National Park
- Badlands National Park to Twin Cities, MN