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  1. If time/days are not pressing and you are willing...

    If time/days are not pressing and you are willing to add a couple hundred miles, another option would be traveling via Flagstaff, AZ to Page, AZ via US 89, continuing on US 89 to I-15 in Southern...
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    Before getting very far along on your trip plan...

    Before getting very far along on your trip plan you should read up about the pet restrictions in Yellowstone National Park:
    https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/pets.htm

    Yellowstone is not very...
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    Traveling across country takes time. Short of...

    Traveling across country takes time. Short of having enough time I have learned it is better to fly to a spot and drive a round trip from there (to the same city I flew into). Living on the East...
  4. Lifey, I don't envy you. Yes, there are tons of...

    Lifey, I don't envy you. Yes, there are tons of options out there but each has its own set of benefits and costs. Many times you can rent a "midsize" vehicle and select a minivan in the midsize area....
  5. Prepare to divert your planned routing on I-70....

    Prepare to divert your planned routing on I-70. Although the mountain slides might be repaired before mid-August it could very easily happen again. Diverting via Black Canyon of the Gunnison National...
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    Real camping, whether it is a tent or a...

    Real camping, whether it is a tent or a simplified van camper, is much less expensive than hotel/motel. But when you jump up to various levels of sophisticated RVs then you cross over the price per...
  7. I will ask a basic question: Are you primarily...

    I will ask a basic question: Are you primarily interested in doing a "windshield tour" or to explore more deeply into the destination national parks, national monuments (what many national parks...
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    Try Costco--four rental car agencies they...

    Try Costco--four rental car agencies they participate in--a discount plus some additional benefits.
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    You might want to try Southwest Airlines. No...

    You might want to try Southwest Airlines. No change fees, no seat fees, 2 free checked bags. They service the NYC area (LaGuardia and Long Island/Islip). For itinerary changes you make you pay the...
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    Completely agree with Donna on this one: Look at...

    Completely agree with Donna on this one: Look at several airport locations to do a circle route from, such as Rapid City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Billings, and Bozeman and see what car rental...
  11. A couple of quick comments in addition to the...

    A couple of quick comments in addition to the ones above:

    1) A spreadsheet helps to bring order to the chaos--usually it helps me to constrain overly ambitious trips. It does that even after all...
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    Then certainly consider Black Canyon of the...

    Then certainly consider Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes NP, the US 550 stretch between Grand Junction (proximity of Colorado National Monument) and Durango through Ouray.

    Between...
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    I'd recommend signing up with AAA if you are not...

    I'd recommend signing up with AAA if you are not already a member. Once joined, stop by the local office to pick-up regional and state maps and one for the entire USA. Public libraries also should...
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    I also made an airport off-site reservation on...

    I also made an airport off-site reservation on one car class larger for half the price of the airport location. The fees for airport pick-up are WAY out of line.

    TIME & DISTANCE, 3 WEEKLY @...
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    I just reserved our rental car for Puerto Rico in...

    I just reserved our rental car for Puerto Rico in January. Price has more than doubled and will approach the combined costs of lodging and flights. I usually make a reservation far in advance and...
  16. One thing to keep in mind: Florida is a LONG...

    One thing to keep in mind: Florida is a LONG state and you will also be driving the panhandle.

    Panama City, FL, has some beautiful fine white sand beaches, almost like powdered sugar.

    Tarpon...
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    Yes, and Chicago has some interesting sights and...

    Yes, and Chicago has some interesting sights and sounds but the impression is a Grand Canyon of the L and that one could van camp underneath. Sorry. I was a bit distracted by the "we can stay...
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    I was trying to reconcile the "We like National...

    I was trying to reconcile the "We like National Parks and have never been to Chicago, so want to spend about 4-5 days there" with a typo of some kind. Were you referring to van camping in the South...
  19. Overall, I preferred the beer more in New...

    Overall, I preferred the beer more in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine than in Massachusetts. von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall, the beer is very good, so Stowe, VT, might be worth some time to while away...
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    Looks like a good pace. I traveled roughly that...

    Looks like a good pace. I traveled roughly that itinerary several times.
  21. Absolutely the sound decision in this instance!

    Absolutely the sound decision in this instance!
  22. If you or the special one in your life is dying...

    If you or the special one in your life is dying then my heart goes out to you. Just no need to speed up the process in attempting to make a cross-country dash. Assuming you are reasonably youthful,...
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    There is a hotel/motel right off the interstate...

    There is a hotel/motel right off the interstate and across the huge parking lot is a decent restaurant. Haven't been there in a few years but the best tamales ever.
    Super 8 by Wyndham Salina/Scenic...
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    Good option above by GLC! Or continue on...

    Good option above by GLC!

    Or continue on US-400 to Dodge City, La Junta, drive across southern Colorado (US-160) to Cortez. From there you have several options including additional national parks...
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    A good historical temperature source is:...

    A good historical temperature source is:
    https://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?forecast=pass&pass=normals&zipcode=92328&place=death+valley&state=ca&country=us&hwvRMon=May

    This will...
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