I will be driving from Seattle to Austin in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it's for work and my priority is a short trip rather than one that is leisurely and scenic. Otherwise, I would certainly visit at least Moab and Bryce.
Google Maps suggests a route through Boise, Salt Lake City, Denver and Wichita. This seems kind of round-about compared to Yahoo maps which goes down to Albuquerque and then onto Austin. Is there any reason to go via Colorado and Kansas?
I'm trying to figure out a fast route that doesn't have too many long, empty stretches. I realize that almost the entire drive will be a long empty stretch. Nevertheless, I would still like to minimize segments where my car might break down, for example, in the middle of some desolate secret UFO landing base :)
Can this trip be done in 2 days? Perhaps one stop in Salt Lake and another in Santa Fe?
Thanks for any advice or experiences.