My family and I are planning our summer road trip. We'll have 18 days in June and will be seeing Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Right now, we are planning the following:
Day 1- Drive straight through to Colorado
Day 2,3- Camp at Rocky Mountains NP
Day 4,5- Camp at Arches NP
Day 6- Camp at Monument Valley
Day 7,8- Camp near Sedona, AZ
Day 9,10- Lodge at Grand Canyon NP
Day 11,12- Lodge at Mesa Verde NP
Day 13,14,15- Hotel at Colorado Springs
Day 16,17- head home more leisurely.
I think the most driving we'll have on any day (other than coming and going home) is 6 hours. Does this sound reasonable for two 40-yr olds and an 8 year old boy?
Next, our local Science Museum has an 'exchange' program, where if kids bring in natural treasures from their travels, they can trade them for stuff other kids have brought. Of course, we can't take stuff from National Parks, so we're a bit stuck. Anyone know where we could find some local nature stuff that he could bring back from this trip, or have ideas?
Lastly, going from Monument Valley to Sedona, I'd like to swing out and catch Canyon de Chelly and Petrified Forest NP, but I don't know if that's too much driving to try and make in one day. Does anyone have experience with the roads through Navajo tribal lands? Are they maintained, or should I stick with US highways?
Thanks for any information, and any suggestions for stuff I should do along the way!!